Andrew N. Jordan

Associate Professor of Physics
PhD in Theoretical Physics, University of California Santa Barbara, 2002

317 Bausch & Lomb Hall
(585) 275-2418
Fax: (585) 273-3237



Professor Jordan received his BS in physics and mathematics (1997) from Texas A&M University and his PhD in theoretical physics (2002) from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Geneva (2002-2005) and a Research Scientist at Texas A&M (2005-2006). He joined the University of Rochester as Assistant Professor of Physics in 2006 and was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in 2012.

Professor Jordan is a member of the Center for Quantum Information, the Rochester Theory Center for Optical Science and Engineering, and the Institute for Quantum Studies.

Research Overview

Professor Jordan's research interests are in theoretical quantum optics, quantum physics, and condensed matter physics. Themes of interest include nanophysics, the theory of weak quantum measurement, quantum information, and random processes in nature. Nanophysics addresses fundamental physical problems that occur when a macroscopic object is miniaturized to dimensions at the nanometer scale. The theory of weak quantum measurement makes predictions about the random nature of continuous measurements made over some time period, and how these measurements are useful for the purposes of processing quantum information. Recent results include how to uncollapse the wavefunction, the statistical properties of single-electron currents through a quantum dot, and the use of a Josephson junction as an electron current threshold detector.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • Powerful and efficient energy harvester with resonant-tunneling quantum dot
    Andrew N. Jordan, Björn Sothmann, Rafael Sánchez, and Markus Büttiker 
    Phys. Rev. B 87, 075312 (2013) 
  • Weak values are universal in von Neumann measurements 
    J. Dressel, A. N. Jordan 
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 230402 (2012) 
  • Contextual Values of Observables in Quantum Measurements 
    J. Dressel, S. Agarwal, A. N. Jordan 
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 240401 (2010) 
  • Uncollapsing the wavefunction by undoing quantum measurements 
    Andrew N. Jordan, Alexander N. Korotkov 
    Contemporary Physics, 51, 125 (2010) 
  • Ultrasensitive Beam Deflection Measurement via Interferometric Weak Value Amplification 
    P. Ben Dixon, David J. Starling, Andrew N. Jordan, and John C. Howell 
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 173601 (2009)