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Dr. Hermann Uys

Dr. Hermann Uys holds a CSIR Research Chair in Quantum, Optical and Atomic Physics seated at Stellenbosch University.   He received his MSc from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and a PhD in quantum optics from the University of Arizona, USA.  His interest in trapped ion quantum control stems from his post-doctoral studies at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, USA, where he worked for two years.  He has published on a wide range of topics in quantum mechanics including atom interferometry, quantum optics, Heisenberg limited interferometry, superradiance, ultra-cold gas dynamics, trapped-ion physics, dynamical decoupling and quantum weak measurement.  Currently he is the principal investigator leading the Trapped Ion Quantum Control group stationed at Stellenbosch University through a joint effort with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

Tel: 021-808-3371



Post-doctoral Fellows


Dr. Ncamiso Khanyile

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Dr. Charles Rigby

He obtained a PhD in laser physics from the University of Stellenbosch for his work on vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopy of carbon monoxide molecules. His PhD studies were funded via the joint scholarship program between the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and the University of Stellenbosch. Charles now works as a post-doc through the CSIR and joined the Trapped Ion Quantum Control group in march 2016.

Tel: 021-808-3373

PhD. Students

Naleli Matjelo

Masters Students


Jason Webber