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

Center for Photonic Communication and Computing

Dr. Nitin Jain


Dr. Jain obtained his PhD in Physics from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen, Germany. He also obtained his MSc in Physics from the University of Calgary, Canada along with MTech in Communications & Signal Processing and BTech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay, India. His research interests span both fundamental and applied aspects of quantum information physics. He has worked on a variety of quantum-optical experiments ranging from the engineering of nonclassical states of light to the investigation of security loopholes in a commercial quantum cryptographic system. He joined CPCC in 2015.


He is currently working on the development and optimization of quantum communication methods based on the idea of quantum frequency conversion.


1. P. Manurkar, N. Jain, P. Kumar, and G. S. Kanter, "Programmable optical waveform reshaping on a picosecond timescale," Optics Letters 42, 951--954 (2017).

2. P. Manurkar, N. Jain, M. Silver, Y.-P. Huang, C. Langrock, M. M. Fejer, P. Kumar, and G. S. Kanter, "Multidimensional mode-separable frequency conversion for high-speed quantum communication," Optica 3, 1300--1307 (2016).

3. N. Jain and G.S. Kanter, "Upconversion-based receivers for quantum hacking-resistant quantum key distribution", Quantum Information Processing, 1--17 (2016).

4. N. Jain, B. Stiller, I. Khan, D. Elser, Ch. Marquardt, and G. Leuchs, "Attacks on practical quantum key distribution systems (and how to prevent them)", Contemporary Physics (2016).

5. N. Jain, B. Stiller, I. Khan, V. Makarov, C. Marquardt, and G. Leuchs, "Risk analysis of Trojan-horse attacks on practical quantum key distribution systems," IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics 21, 3 (2015)

6. N. Jain, E. Anisimova, I. Khan, V. Makarov, C. Marquardt, and G. Leuchs, "Trojan-horse attacks threaten the security of practical quantum cryptography," New Journal of Physics 16, 123030 (2014)

7. I. Khan, C. Wittmann, N. Jain, N. Killoran, N. Luetkenhaus, C. Marquardt, and G. Leuchs, "Optimal working points for continuous-variable quantum channels," Physical Review A 88, 010302 (2013)

8. N. Jain, C. Wittmann, L. Lydersen, C. Wiechers, D. Elser, C. Marquardt, V. Makarov, and G. Leuchs, "Device calibration impacts security of quantum key distribution," Physical Review Letters 107, 5 (2011)

9. L. Lydersen, N. Jain, C. Wittmann, Ø. Marøy, J. Skaar, C. Marquardt, V. Makarov, and G. Leuchs, "Superlinear threshold detectors in quantum cryptography," Physical Review A 84, 032320 (2011)

10. N. Jain, S. R. Huisman, E. Bimbard, and A. I. Lvovsky, "A bridge between the single-photon and squeezed-vacuum states," Optics Express 18, 18254 (2010)

11. E. Bimbard, N. Jain, A. MacRae, and A. I. Lvovsky, "Quantum-optical state engineering up to the two-photon level," Nature Photonics 4, 243 (2010)

12. S. R. Huisman, N. Jain, S. A. Babichev, F. Vewinger, A. N. Zhang, S. H. Youn, and A. I. Lvovsky, "Instant single-photon Fock state tomography," Optics Letters 34, 2739 (2009)


Office: M391
Phone: 847-467-1801
Email: nitin.jain [AT]