The Quantum Light-Matter Cooperative

The Quantum Light-Matter Cooperative’s (Q-LMC) mission is to understand, design, and ultimately control light-driven physical processes to help solve interconnected socio-technological challenges.

Photon sciences and technologies establish the building blocks for myriad scientific and engineering frontiers in life and energy sciences. Because of this overarching functionality, our areas of application include life sciences, biochemistry, quantum optics and information sciences, and environmental and chemical engineering. That is, we seek to help solve major life and energy challenges by examining the cooperative interaction between photons and matter. The Q-LMC’s research is informed by a critically interdisciplinary approach to the science and applications of light by design. Our methods usually entail fundamental research and its transfer to transformational technologies, blurring the lines between physics and engineering.

Our research is founded on the following four intersecting areas that seed new concepts, theory, and experiments in the advancement of ultrafast photon sciences and light-matter interactions: 

Ultrafast & Nonlinear Optics, Quantum Photonics

Ultrafast Sciences & Molecular Dynamics

Accelerators & X-ray Free Electron Lasers


Critically Representative Science


An Introduction to the Cooperative

Partner Institutions

The Q-LMC is located across various areas in California: based at the UCLA Electrical & Computer Engineering Department and co-located at the UCLA Physics & Astronomy Department, and Stanford University’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and the Linac Coherent Light Source. the brightest X-ray source operated by Stanford on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy. Our cooperative is also affiliated with the California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI) and the Center for Quantum Science & Engineering (CQSE).

Samueli School of Engineering,
University of California Los Angeles
LCLS and LCLS-II at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory,
Stanford University