The road to Kfir Sulimany’s doctorate began when he was selected for the Talpiot Program, an elite military-academic technological unit of the Israeli Defense Forces for recruits with exceptional science, technology, and leadership abilities. During the nine-year program, he gained valuable leadership experiences as head of an R&D team, supervising the research of eight physicists and engineers, and overseeing projects in the Intelligence Corps. Dr. Sulimany earned the Technological Unit’s Excellence Award and was chosen to represent his unit when it received Israel’s Defense Award.
Dr. Sulimany completed a PhD at the Racah Institute of Physics at Hebrew University where he worked on quantum networks, discovering sources of entangled photons in a high-dimensional space, techniques for controlling high-dimensional states, and quantum key distribution protocols that benefit from the unique quantum properties of such states.
Now doing postdoctoral research in the field of quantum optics in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he works specifically on quantum photonics, a branch of physics exploring the individual quanta of light, known as photons. Photon pairs, or entangled photons, have been used to test the foundations of quantum mechanics since the 1970s; Dr. Sulimany experiments with photon triplet generation. He believes photonic entanglement will drive the second quantum revolution, which promises many advances in communication, computation, and simulation.