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Dr. Jose Raul Gonzalez Alonso

Lecturer, Postdoctoral Fellow
Schmid College of Science and Technology; Physics, Computational Science and Engineering
Office Location: Hashinger Science Center 10


Born in Mexico City, Jose went on to get his B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the Mexican Institute of Technology in Mexico City. “In 2007, I obtained a BSc in Physics from the National and Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City. Before arriving to the U.S.A. in 2008, and after graduating from university, I worked for some time as a Financial Analyst in Mexico City. Afterwards, I moved to Los Angeles and got an MA in Physics in 2011, an MS in Computer Science in 2014, and a PhD in Physics in 2016. All these degrees are from the University of Southern California.

“I am interested in studying all the wonderful weirdness of the quantum world. In particular, I want to understand how we can use it to our advantage for more secure communications and more powerful computations. In my graduate work, I focused on the design of different schemes to protect the quantum information encoded in the orbital angular momentum (OAM) of light in a turbulent atmosphere. More specifically, I explored various techniques to model the decoherence processes OAM photons undergo when they travel in a turbulent atmosphere. Then, I used this understanding to study various options to mitigate or correct these deleterious effects.

“As a physics and astronomy teaching assistant at the University of Southern California, I noticed over the course of six years the positive impact an instructor can have on the lives of students. I am interested in helping my students truly understand and fall in love with Physics, and in particular, to realize how it is an exciting science related to their everyday lives.

“I wanted to join the Schmid College as a Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow because few programs offer the opportunity to teach and do research simultaneously. I think both activities are crucial to further develop as a scholar and I truly appreciate any chance I can get to advance my abilities in both of these very important areas to my academic career. Furthermore, I think the grand Challenges Initiative is a very bold and innovative program because of its cross-disciplinary focus and real-world applications. I think this program has a lot of potential and cannot wait to learn what projects the students will come up with!”