Professor Jordan received his BS in physics and mathematics (1997) from Texas A&M University and his PhD in theoretical physics (2002) from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Geneva (2002-2005) and a Research Scientist at Texas A&M (2005-2006). He joined the University of Rochester as Assistant Professor of Physics in 2006, was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in 2012, and full Professor in 2015.
Professor Jordan's research interests are in theoretical quantum optics, quantum physics, and condensed matter physics. Themes of interest include nanophysics, the theory of quantum measurement, quantum information, and statistical physics. Nanophysics addresses fundamental physical problems that occur when a macroscopic object is miniaturized to dimensions at the nanometer scale. The theory of weak quantum measurement makes predictions about the random nature of continuous measurements made over some time period, and how these measurements are useful for the purposes of processing quantum information. Statistical physics is concerned with making predictions of phenomena in the presence of randomness, such as the uncertainty in a parameter from the noisy data set.