Quantum Photonics Laboratory
Professor Dirk R. Englund

Quantum Optics - Precision Measurement - Nanophotonics

Silicon photonics for optical quantum technologies
Modern silicon photonics opens new possibilities for high-performance quantum information processing, such as quantum simulation and high-speed quantum cryptography."
Solid state quantum memories
Solid state quantum memories based on electronic and nuclear spins are now becoming competitive for quantum repeater networks and distributed quantum computing"
Opto-electronic devices and systems based on 2D materials
2D materials, such as graphene, provide new capabilities in communications, sensing, imaging, nonlinear optics, and quantum information devices."
Quantum-enhanced sensing
Quantum sensors enable precision measurements of time, fields, and forces for applications in the physical and life sciences"

Research Overview

The world of quantum mechanics holds enormous potential to address unsolved problems in communications, computation, and precision measurements. Efforts are underway across the globe to develop such technologies in various physical systems, including atoms, superconductors, and topological states of matter. The Englund group pursues experimental and theoretical research towards quantum technologies using photons and semiconductor spins, combining techniques from atomic physics, optoelectronics, and modern nanofabrication.

The Quantum Photonics Group is led by Dirk Englund, Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Postdoctoral Fellow Matt Trusheim featured in Scientific American!

Article: What Are the Limits of Manipulating Nature?

[ December 2018 ]

Photonics Spectra – August 2016 – Front Cover

Featured in Photonics Spectra!

[ July 2018 ]

Light Matters Extra: Weird and Strange: Quantum Photonics – 03.2018 – YouTube

Check out the youtube video here!

[ July 2018 ]

Congratulations to Dima, Ren-Jye, Evan, Chuck, Gabriele, Cheng, and our collaborators on the appearance of the graphene bolometer in Nature Nano!
This work was done in close collaboration with Dr. KC Fong at BBN.
D. K. Efetov, R.-J. Shiue, Y. Gao, B. Skinner, E. Walsh, H. Choi, J. Zheng, C. Tan, G. Grosso, C. Peng, J. Hone, K. C. Fong, D. Englund, ”High-Speed Bolometry Based on Johnson Noise Detection of Hot Electrons in Cavity-Coupled Graphene,” Nature Nanotechnology  (2017) [MIT News]


[ June 2018 ] Learn more >>

Congratulations to…

  • Chris Panuski for the Hertz Fellowship.
  • Kevin Chen for NSF Graduate Fellowship.
  • Uttara Chakraborty for NDSEG and NSF Graduate Fellowships.
  • Ian Christen for the QISE-NET award.

[ April 2018 ]

Workshop Chairs
Alán Aspuru-Guzik (Harvard University)
Michael Wasielewski (Northwestern University)

See report here.


[ August 2017 ]

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