Associate Professor Matthew James Collett

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Associate Professor

Research | Current

  • Theoretical quantum optics
  • Open quantum systems
  • Quantum measurement theory

My general research area is theoretical quantum optics, the study ofinteractions between light and matter at the quantum level. Besides being of interest in their own right, optical systems are often good testing grounds for fundamental quantum physics. Particular topics that I have contributed to include the control of quantum fluctuations (“squeezing”) and methods of making measurements on quantum systems, as well as more fundamental aspects of quantum measurement theory. I have also worked on atomic Bose condensates and their possible use to produce the atomic analogue of a laser; and on nonlinear optical systems sensitive to individual photons, which may have application in the development of quantum computers.

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Areas of expertise

  • Theoretical quantum optics
  • Open quantum systems
  • Quantum measurement theory

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Collett, M. J., & Watkins, L. R. (2015). Ellipse fitting for interferometry. Part 3: dynamic method. Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, Optics, image science, and vision, 32 (3), 491-496. 10.1364/josaa.32.000491
  • Collett, M. J. (2015). Self-normalising linear camera resection. Paper presented at International Conference on Image and Vision Computing New Zealand (IVCNZ), Auckland, NEW ZEALAND. 23 November - 24 November 2015. 2015 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON IMAGE AND VISION COMPUTING NEW ZEALAND (IVCNZ). (pp. 5).
  • Collett, M. J., & Tee, G. J. (2014). Ellipse fitting for interferometry. Part 1: static methods. Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, Optics, image science, and vision, 31 (12), 2573-2583. 10.1364/josaa.31.002573
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Garry Tee
  • Kruglov, V. I., & Collett, M. J. (2014). A dense Bose fluid at zero temperature: condensation and clusters in liquid 4He. The European Physical Journal D, 68 (7).10.1140/epjd.e2014-40535-7
  • Watkins, L. R., & Collett, M. J. (2014). Ellipse fitting for interferometry. Part 2: Experimental realization. Applied Optics, 53 (32), 7697-7703. 10.1364/AO.53.007697
  • Watkins, L. R., & Collett, M. J. (2013). Precision heterodyne ellipsometry with an improved conic fitting algorithm. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 8769.10.1117/12.2019043
  • Watkins, L. R., & Collett, M. J. (2013). Real-time polarisation measurements with a heterodyne interferometer. Paper presented at 2013 International Symposium on Optomechatronic Technologies, Jeju Island, Korea. 28 October - 30 October 2013. Related URL.
  • Whalen, S. J., Collett, M. J., Parkins, S. P., & Carmichael, H. J. (28/8/2011). Open quantum systems with delayed feedback. Poster presented at Quantum Electronics Conference & Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO/IQEC/PACIFIC RIM), 2011, Sydney, Australia. 10.1109/IQEC-CLEO.2011.6193928
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Howard Carmichael, Scott Parkins

Contact details

Primary location

SCIENCE CENTRE - MATHPHYSIC - Bldg 303
Level 6, Room 629
38 PRINCES ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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