Dr. Simon Phoenix

Dr. Simon Phoenix

Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics

Address: P.O. Box: 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Telephone: +971 (0)56 123 5810

Fax: +971-(0)2-4472442

Email:  simonphoenix@ku.ac.ae


Dr. Simon J.D. Phoenix graduated from Imperial College, London, with a PhD in Theoretical Quantum Optics under the supervision of Professor Sir Peter Knight, Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS). He joined British Telecommunications (BT) Research Laboratories in 1989, where his initial work focused on the application of the quantum theory of light to telecommunications. During this time, he helped develop the quantum theory of light in optical fiber and applied it to the non-linear interactions in a Kerr medium. He was also able to show that squeezed states of light are the most correlated states of light possible for a field of given energy, and was part of the team that demonstrated the world’s first quantum key distribution (QKD) in optical fiber. In his work on QKD he developed several novel protocols including a technique for utilizing the Bell inequalities as security measures for single particle systems.

In 1995, he joined the Cryptography Research group in BT where he worked on novel key escrow and digital signature mechanisms and was BT’s cryptography liaison with external organizations. After a spell as BT’s technical design authority for BT TrustWise – BT’s certification authority (CA) business – where he designed CA solutions for some of BT’s largest customers, he rejoined BT’s Research Department in the Mobile Systems Research team. In 2005, he joined the Security Research Centre where he returned to an investigation of quantum cryptography. After developing several new techniques for the implementation of QKD on commercial networks he changed the focus of his work to investigate novel methods of ensuring the regulatory and security compliance of IT business processes.

Dr. Phoenix has been a visiting Professor of Strathclyde University, UK, and visiting lecturer of Imperial College London, UK. His work at BT won him many awards including several BT company awards, the Gordon Radley Prize four times, and the BT Technology Journal (BTTJ) and the Journal of Institution of British Telecommunications Engineers (IBTE) best paper award.

In 2010 Dr. Phoenix joined the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR), which became part of the Khalifa University of Science and Technology in 2017.

  • Ph.D., Theoretical Physics, Imperial College, London (UK), 1990
  • B.Sc., Theoretical Physics, York (UK), 1986
  • MATH204 Linear Algebra
  • MATH206 Differential Equations
  • MATH112 Calculus II
  • MATH231 Calculus III

Teaching interests:

  • advanced cryptography, cryptanalysis, information theory, complex variables and transforms, introduction to engineering mathematics, introduction to cryptography, mathematics for information security, preparatory physics, physics lab instruction and physics problem solving.
  • Quantum Key Distribution and Security
  • Quantum Information Technologies
  • Quantum Entanglement and Foundations
  • Quantum Game Theory
  • Quantum Optical Systems

Research interests:

  • quantum information processing, quantum key distribution, quantum game theory, classical cryptography and fundamental quantum theory.
  • S.J.D. Phoenix & P.L. Knight, “Fluctuations and Entropy in Models of Optical Resonance”, Ann. Phys. (NY), 186 381 (1988).
  • S.M. Barnett & S.J.D. Phoenix, Entropy as a Measure of Quantum Optical Correlation”, Phys. Rev. A, 402404 (1989).
  • S.J.D. Phoenix, “Wavepacket Evolution in the Damped Oscillator”, Phys. Rev. A, 41 5132 (1990).
  • K.J. Blow, R. Loudon, S.J.D. Phoenix & T.J. Shepherd, “Continuum Fields in Quantum Optics”, Phys. Rev. A, 42 4102 (1990).
  • S.M. Barnett & S.J.D. Phoenix, “Information Theory, Squeezing and Quantum Correlations”, Phys. Rev.A, 44 535 (1991).
  • S.J.D. Phoenix & P.L. Knight, “Comment on ‘Collapse and Revival of the State Vector in the Jaynes-Cummings Model : an Example of State Preparation by a Quantum Apparatus” , Phys. Rev. Lett.662833 (1991).
  • K.J. Blow, R. Loudon & S.J.D. Phoenix, “Exact Solution for Quantum Self-Phase Modulation”, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, 8 1750 (1991).
  • K.J. Blow, N.J. Doran & S.J.D. Phoenix, “The Soliton Phase”, Opt. Commun.88 137 (1992).
  • K.J. Blow, R. Loudon & S.J.D. Phoenix, “Quantum Theory of Nonlinear Loop Mirrors”, Phys. Rev. A, 458064 (1992).
  • S.M. Barnett & S.J.D. Phoenix, “Bell’s Inequality and the Schmidt Decomposition”, Phys. Lett. A, 167 233 (1992).
  • K.J. Blow & S.J.D. Phoenix, “On a Fundamental Theorem of Quantum Cryptography”, J. Mod. Opt.40 33 (1993).
  • S.J.D. Phoenix, “Quantum Cryptography without Conjugate Coding”, Phys. Rev. A, 48 100 (1993).
  • S.J.D. Phoenix & S.M. Barnett, “Nonlocal Interatomic Correlations in the Micromaser”, J. Mod. Opt.40979 (1993).
  • S.M. Barnett & S.J.D. Phoenix, “Information-Theoretic Limits to Quantum Cryptography”, Phys. Rev. A, 48R5 (1993).
  • K.J. Blow, R. Loudon & S.J.D. Phoenix, “Quantum Theory of Cross-Phase Modulation, Opt. Commun.110 239 (1994).
  • P.D. Townsend, S.J.D. Phoenix, K.J. Blow & S.M. Barnett, “Design of Quantum Cryptography Systems for Passive Optical Networks”, Elect. Lett.30 1875 (1994).
  • S.J.D. Phoenix, S.M. Barnett, P.D. Townsend & K.J. Blow, “Multi-User Quantum Cryptography on Optical Networks”, J. Mod. Opt.42 1155 (1995).
  • P.D. Townsend, C. Marand, S.J.D. Phoenix, K.J. Blow & S.M. Barnett, “Secure Optical Communication using Quantum Cryptography”, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. A, 354 805 (1996).
  • S.J.D. Phoenix, S.M. Barnett & A. Chefles, “Three-State Quantum Cryptography” J.Mod.Opt, 47 507 (2000).
  • S.M. Barnett & S.J.D Phoenix, “Asynchronous Quantum Key Distribution on a Relay Network”, J. Mod. Opt.59 (15), 1349-1354 (2012)
  • F.S. Khan & S.J.D .Phoenix, “Gaming the Quantum”, Quant. Inf. Comp.13(3-4): 231-244 (2013)
  • S.J.D .Phoenix & F.S. Khan, “The Role of Correlation in Quantum and Classical Games”, Fluctuation and Noise Letters 12, 1350011 (2013)
  • F.S. Khan & S.J.D .Phoenix, “Mini-maximizing Two Qubit Quantum Computations”, Journal of Quantum Information and Computing, 12(12) 3807-3819 (2013)
  • S.J.D .Phoenix & F.S. Khan, “The Role of Correlation in Quantum and Classical Games”, Fluctuation and Noise Letters 12, 1350011 (2013)
  • S.J.D. Phoenix, “Quantum Information as a Measure of Correlation”, Quant. Inf. Comp, 14(10) 3723-3738 (2015)