Dr. Natalia Korolkova

Research Theme:
Condensed Matter and Photonics
Research Group:
St. Andrews
Email address:
Telephone number:
+44 (0)1334 463139
School of Physics & Astronomy, Physical Science Building, North Haugh, St Andrews, KY16 9SS, United Kingdom

Research interests

Natalia Korolkova is Lecturer in Theoretical Physics with main interests in theoretical quantum optics and quantum information.


The most recent and very promising development is continuous variable (CV) quantum information.  Encoding CV information onto mesoscopic carriers such as the quadratures of light modes or the collective spin of atoms offers several distinct advantages, such as the deterministic generation and manipulation of entangled states of light and atomic ensembles, or the interface between light and atoms allowing the implementation of a quantum memory. This toolbox of available operations has recently been significantly extended which opened access to the realm of non-Gaussian operations, that are essential to several critical applications such as CV entanglement distillation or CV quantum computing.


Natalia actively participates in research on different acpects of CV quantum information science. This includes the engineering of non-Gaussian operations on photonic and atomic states exploiting the measurement-induced or actual nonlinearities between light and atoms, CV quantum computing with cat states or cluster states, CV entanglement distillation, multipartite CV entanglement and light-matter interactions. Recently, Natalia got involved in studying the nature and possible application of more general quantum correlations in mixed states, which are beyond entanglement. These correlations are quantified by quantum discord and may change our understanding of what the ultimate quantum resources are. Natalia has strong collaborative links to several European experimental and theory groups and had participated in a number of EU-funded collaborative projects.


Within the current EU-funded project, Natalia takes part in development and demonstration of the novel routes towards scaling up physical devices for quantum information science. Communication between different parts of a quantum processor by means of a quantum bus receives particular attention. Developing a scalable technology is pursued by advancing and integrating two successful approaches, solid-state and atom-optical. The new, integrated scheme will be based on the simultaneous exploitation of superconducting qubits for fast and scalable computational tasks and of trapped ions for storage and processing of information with long coherence times. The  long-term vision is an integrated scalable device for quantum information processing.


I have taught several undergraduate courses at all Honours levels within the School. My current teaching portfolio includes two 4th-level Honours modules,  Advanced Quantum Mechanics and Special Relativity and Fields, and the first part (2/3) of the 5th-level Honours module Quantum Optics.  I am also a tutor for the 3rd-level Honours core tutorials in Quantum Mechanics 1. I have served for many years as Juniour Honours Adviser of Studies and Year Coordinator and currently I am the Adviser  of Studies and Year Coordinator for the Seniour Honours cogort. I also have been supervising students for Master projects in Theoretical Physics and for various summer research projects.

Research outputs

  1. Quantum state and mode profile tomography by the overlap DOI
    J. Tiedau, V. S. Shchesnovich, D. Mogilevtsev, V. Ansari, G. Harder, T. J. Bartley, N. Korolkova and Ch Silberhorn, New Journal of Physics, 20 (2018)
  2. Dissipatively coupled waveguide networks for coherent diffusive photonics DOI
    Sebabrata Mukherjee, Dmitri Mogilevtsev, Gregory Ya. Slepyan, Thomas H. Doherty, Robert R. Thomson and Natalia Korolkova, Nature Communications, 8 (2017)
  3. Free-space quantum signatures using heterodyne measurements DOI
    Callum Croal, Christian Peuntinger, Bettina Heim, Imran Khan, Christoph Marquardt, Gerd Leuchs, Petros Wallden, Erika Andersson and Natalia Korolkova, Physical Review Letters, 117, 10 (2016)
  4. Entangling the whole by beam splitting a part DOI
    Callum Croal, Christian Peuntinger, Vanessa Chille, Christoph Marquardt, Gerd Leuchs, Natalia Korolkova and Ladislav Mišta Jr., Physical Review Letters, 115, 19 (2015)
  5. Quantum Discord and Entanglement Distribution as the Flow of Correlations Through a Dissipative Quantum System DOI
    N. Quinn, C. Croal and N. Korolkova, Journal of Russian Laser Research, 36, 6 , p. 550-561 (2015)
  6. Enhancing student learning of two-level quantum systems with interactive simulations DOI
    Antje Kohnle, Charles Baily, Anna Campbell, Natalia Korolkova and Mark Paetkau, American Journal of Physics, 83, 6 , p. 560-566 (2015)
  7. Quantum nature of Gaussian discord DOI
    V. Chille, N. Quinn, C. Peuntinger, C. Croal, L. Mišta, C. Marquardt, G. Leuchs and N. Korolkova, Physical Review. A, Atomic, molecular, and optical physics, 91, 5 (2015)
  8. Quantum tight-binding chains with dissipative coupling DOI
    D. Mogilevtsev, G. Ya Slepyan, E. Garusov, S. Ya Kilin and N. Korolkova, New Journal of Physics, 17 (2015)
  9. Tomography by Noise DOI
    G. Harder, D. Mogilevtsev, N. Korolkova and Ch Silberhorn, Physical Review Letters, 113, 7 (2014)
  10. Quantum discord from system-environment correlations DOI
    R. Tatham and N. Korolkova, Physica Scripta, T160 (2014)
Last updated: 14 Jul 2016 at 20:48