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.


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 ]


[ May 2017 ]

Lightmatter — by Nick Harris, Yichen Shen, Darius Bunandar, and Tom Graham — advance to MIT 100K finals, May 17!

[ May 2017 ]

Lightmatter — by Nick Harris, Yichen Shen (Soljacic Group, MIT), Darius Bunandar, and Tom Graham (Harvard) — win Harvard innovation challenge!

[ May 2017 ]

On August 25-26, Prof Seth Lloyd and Dirk Englund co-organized the “Future Directions of Quantum Information Processing Workshop” in Arlington, VA, as part of a series of workshops sponsored by the Office of Basic Research on emerging areas of science that are a focus of the DoD research portfolio. The final report is now available online: Future Directions of Quantum Information Processing: A Workshop on the Emerging Science and Technology of Quantum Computation, Communication, and Measurement. Link: Many many thanks to all the workshop participants and to Dr Kate Klemic and Jeremy Zeigler of the Research Corporation.

[ May 2017 ]

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