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Stephen K. Gray

Senior Chemist/Argonne Distinguished Fellow


Stephen Gray received a B.Sc. degree in chemistry from Carleton University, Ottawa, in 1977 and a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1982.  After post-doctoral work at Oxford University (1982-84) and The University of Chicago (1984-86) he was an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at Northern Illinois University before joining Argonne in 1990 as a staff scientist in the Chemistry Division.  He moved to the Theory and Modeling Group at Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials in 2009

His research focuses on the classical electrodynamics and quantum dynamics  of light-matter interactions in nanostructured systems, including problems in quantum plasmonics, sensing and information. 

He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and has over 250 publications with an h-index of 67.

Representative Publications:

C. L. Cortes, M. Otten and S. K. Gray, Non-Hermitian approach for quantum plasmonics, Journal of Chemical Physics 152, 084105 (2020).

M. Otten and S. K. Gray, Recovering noise-free quantum observables, Physical Review A 99, 012338 (2019).

T. Heilpern et al., Determination of hot carrier energy distributions from inversion of ultrafast pump-probe reflectivity measurements, Nature Communications 9, 1853 (2018).

E. R. MacQuarrie, M. Otten, S. K. Gray and G. D. Fuchs, Cooling a mechanical resonator using nitrogen-vacancy centres using a room temperature excited-state spin interaction, Nature Communications 8, 14358 (2017).