Northwestern University Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Center for Photonic Communication and Computing

Dr. Kevin McCusker

KevinDr. McCusker graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in both Physics and Computer Engineering. He continued his graduate work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he worked on free-space quantum optics, with applications toward quantum computing and quantum cryptography, with an emphasis on creating efficient sources. He joined CPCC in 2012, and worked on creating efficient fiber-based resources for quantum information (fiber-based single-photon source using four-wave mixing and an efficient all-optical switch).


(1) K. T. McCusker, Y.-P. Huang, A. S. Kowligy, and P. Kumar, “Experimental Demonstration of Interaction-Free All-Optical Switching via the Quantum Zeno Effect,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 240403 (2013)

(2) B. G. Christensen, K. T. McCusker, J. B. Altepeter, B. Calkins, T. Gerrits, A. E. Lita, A. Miller, L. K. Shalm, Y. Zhang, S. W. Nam, N. Brunner, C. C. W. Lim, N. Gisin, and P. G. Kwiat, “Detection-Loophole-Free Test of Quantum Nonlocality, and Applications,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 130406 (2013)

(3) T. Brougham, S. M. Barnett, K. T. McCusker, P. G. Kwiat, and D. J. Gauthier, “Security of high-dimensional quantum key distribution protocols using Franson interferometers,” J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 46, 104010 (2013)

(4) J. Bogdanski, A. Danan, S. Jobling, K. T. McCusker, S. Quint, A. Z. Smith, J. Smith, and P. G. Kwiat, “Novel narrow-band spectral interference filter with very high transmittance,” J. Mod. Opt. 58, 306 (2011)

(5) K. T. McCusker and P. G. Kwiat, “Efficient optical quantum state engineering,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 163602 (2009)

(6) K. T. McCusker, R. Rangarajan, and P. G. Kwiat, "High-efficiency quantum state engineering", Proc. SPIE, 74650F (2009)


Donald and Shirley Jones fellowship for excellence in research (2010)


Office: M395
Phone: 847-467-1801
Email: kevin.mccusker AT