Biography:Maria V. Chekhova

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Short description: Russian-German physicist

Maria V. Chekhova (born 1963) is a Russian-German physicist known for her research on quantum optics and in particular on the quantum entanglement of pairs of photons. She is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen, Germany, where she heads an independent research group on quantum radiation,[1] and a professor at the University of Erlangen–Nuremberg, in the chair of experimental physics (optics).[2]

Education and career

Chekhova was born on 8 June 1963 in Moscow, and educated in physics at Moscow State University, where she earned a master's degree in 1986, completed a Ph.D. in 1989, and earned a habilitation in 2004. She was a full-time researcher at Moscow State University from 1989 to 2010, continuing on a part-time basis until 2020. In the meantime, she took her present position at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in 2010.[3] In 2020, she added a part-time affiliation as professor at the University of Erlangen–Nuremberg.[3][4]


Chekhova is the coauthor, with Peter Banzer, of the textbook Polarization of Light: In Classical, Quantum and Nonlinear Optics (De Gruyter, 2021).[5]


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  2. "Prof. Dr. Maria Chekhova", Department of Physics (University of Erlangen–Nuremberg),, retrieved 2022-03-23 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Curriculum vitae,, retrieved 2022-03-23 
  4. [action=detail&tx_news_pi1[controller]=News&tx_news_pi1[news]=570&cHash=6bc3b91d5dc0e6fed91748ec921aa59c "Maria Chekhova appointed FAU professor"], News & Events (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light), 16 December 2020,[action]=detail&tx_news_pi1[controller]=News&tx_news_pi1[news]=570&cHash=6bc3b91d5dc0e6fed91748ec921aa59c, retrieved 2022-03-23 
  5. Ahmed, Ishtiaque (21 September 2021), "Review of Polarization of Light", Optics & Photonics News, 

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