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 field of quantum optics has led to the development of radically new ways to compute, communicate, and measure with quantum states. The Quantum Photonics Group is developing quantum technologies in scalable semiconductor systems, building on the dramatic achievements of semiconductor technology in past decades. Present goals include quantum simulators using scalable silicon photonic circuits and high-performance quantum memories based on electron spins in diamond color centers, high-speed quantum key distribution, and spin-off applications in opto-electronic devices for classical information processing. We are also pursuing new applications in precision measurements, including the development of electron spin-based timing devices and biosensors.

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


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 ]

Congratulations to Hannah Clevenson — Dr. Hannah Clevenson — for winning the a 2017 Dimitris N. Chorafas Award for  excellence in graduate research. Well deserved, Hannah!!

About the Foundation and the Prize: “The Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation awards scientific prizes for outstanding work in selected fields in the engineering sciences, medicine and the natural sciences. It rewards research characterized by its high potential for practical application and by the special significance attached to its aftermath. Every year, partner universities in Europe, North America and Asia evaluate the research work of their graduating doctorate students and propose the best for prizing. Depending on the years of association with the Foundation and the size of the sample from which the best researcher is chosen (which must be statistically valid), some partner universities receive two prizes per year; others have one annual prize. The Foundation prizes the best doctoral student(s) in the Hard Sciences in each partner university. These annual awards are of $5,000 each.”



[ August 2017 ]

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