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Dirk Englund

Jamieson Career Development Professor

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Room 36-591
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Dirk Englund received his BS in Physics from Caltech in 2002. Following a year at TU Eindhoven as a Fulbright Fellow, he did his graduate studies at Stanford, earning his MS in electrical engineering and PhD in Applied Physics in 2008. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University until 2010, when he started his group as Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and of Applied Physics at Columbia University. He moved to MIT in 2013 as Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a member of RLE and MTL. Dirk's research focuses on quantum technologies based on semiconductor and optical systems. Recent recognitions include the 2012 DARPA Young Faculty Award, the 2012 IBM Faculty Award, the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the 2011 Sloan Research Fellowship in Physics, and the 2012 IEEE-HKN Outstanding Young Professional Award.

Outside the office, Dirk enjoys doing sports, music, and spending time with family and friends.

PhD (Appl. Physics), Stanford (2008)
MS (Electrical Engineering), Stanford
BS (Physics), Caltech

Tim Schröder

Research Scientist

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Room 36-587

Dr. rer. nat., Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
Dipl. phys., Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

Janice Balzer

Administrative Assistant

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Room 36-825
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Postdoctoral Researchers


Jacques Carolan

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Jacques completed his MSci at the University of Bristol with first class honours, where he then went on to earn a PhD at the Centre for Quantum Photonics for his work "Universal Linear Optics: Characterisation, Verification and Computation". His research focuses on large-scale integrated quantum photonics for quantum information processing.

PhD (Physics) University of Bristol, UK (2015)
MSci (Physics and Philosophy) University of Bristol, UK (2011)

Dmitri K. Efetov

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Room 36-680C
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Dima uses innovative nano-fabrication and a combination of electrical, optical and thermal measurement techniques to engineer complex electronic phases in the emerging class of van der Waals hetero-structures made of two dimensional materials such as graphene, hexagonal boron nitride, MoS2 and NbSe2, among others. The dramatically restricted phase space and strong electronic interactions between these materials enable enhanced quantum effects and allow for an immense level of tunability. Dima's primary interest lies in the access and control of these fragile correlated electronic states and their application for advanced electronic, opto-electronic and thermo-electric devices. He completed his Ph.D. work in physics under supervision of Prof. Philip Kim at Columbia University in 2014 where his research focused on the quantum transport phenomena in graphene.

PhD (Physics), Columbia University (2014)
MSc (Physics), ETH Zurich

Mikkel Heuck

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Room 36-587

PhD, DTU Denmark (2013)
MS (Applied Physics), DTU Denmark (2009)

Gabriele Grosso

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Room 36-680C
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PhD (Physics) École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
MSc (Physics) University of Padua

Kwang-Yong Jeong

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Room 36-587

PhD (Physics), KAIST (2012)
MS (Physics), KAIST (2008)
BS (Physics), KAIST (2006)

Sinan Karaveli

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Sinan earned his Bachelor of Science in Microelectronics Engineering and a Minor Honors degree in Physics at Sabancı University (Turkey). During his undergraduate studies, Sinan spent a summer at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) where he worked as a research intern. He later joined the doctoral program in Electrical Sciences and Computer Engineering at Brown University where he worked on optical frequency magnetic dipole transitions in lanthanide and transition-metal ions in Prof. Rashid Zia’s group. After his PhD, he joined Prof. Dirk Englund's group as a postdoctoral researcher working on nitrogen-vacancy centers in nanodiamonds for sensing applications.

PhD (Electrical Engineering) Brown University (2013)
BS (Electrical Engineering) Sabancı University (2006)

Frédéric Peyskens

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Visiting Scholars


Christian Weedbrook

Visiting Scientist

Maarten Degen

Visiting Scholar

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PhD Students


Eric Bersin

PhD Student

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Room 36-680D

AB (Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry & Physics), Harvard (2014)

Darius Bunandar

PhD Student

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Room 36-597

Darius received his BS in Physics and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. While at UT Austin, he worked on finding the event horizon of black holes under the guidance of Prof. Richard Matzner. In addition, along with the SXS Caltech-Cornell collaboration, he developed a software to visualize images that have been distorted by binary black holes. He also spent a year performing large-scale blast experiments and simulating explosions at the Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants, Inc. as a co-op student intern. After enrolling in the Physics PhD program at MIT, his research interests have been shifted to the theory and practical implementations of quantum communication and computation. He is currently researching ways to improve secure quantum communications, including on-chip implementations of quantum key distribution networks.

BS (Physics), The University of Texas at Austin (2013)
BS (Mechanical Engineering), The University of Texas at Austin (2013)

Edward H. Chen

PhD Student

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Room 36-569
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Ed completed a BS in Physics from Caltech in 2010. During those formative undergraduate years, he worked on Dark Matter discovery using bubble chambers, numerical simulation of vortex formations in rotating Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs), and experimental investigation of two-dimensional SiN cavity opto-mechanical systems. While at Caltech, he participated in a number of volunteering efforts as a judge for Science Olympiad, and as a team mentor for a local FIRST robotics team. After college, he completed an MS in Applied Physics at Columbia University in 2012. In those two years, he developed a novel super-resolution imaging technique with the nitrogen-vacancy (NV) defect center in diamond. Additionally, he was a teaching assistant for 5 graduate courses, mentored 6 undergraduate students and 2 high school students in the lab. For mentoring a elementary-middle school robotics team in Harlem, he received a New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) Teaching Credential as part of a Science Education Fellowship Program. Now at MIT, Ed is completing his PhD in EECS as a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow and his research focuses on making an on-chip quantum repeater in diamond.

PhD Candidate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
MS (Applied Physics), Columbia University (2011)
BS (Physics), California Institute of Technology (2010)

Hyeongrak Choi

PhD Student

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Room 36-515

BS (Electrical Engineering), Seoul National University

Hannah Clevenson

PhD Student

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Room 36-585
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Hannah's introduction to engineering came from working at the National Radio Astonomy Observatory Technology Center in Charlottesville, Virginia as a high school senior. Hannah earned her BE in electrical engineering from Cooper Union in 2011. She was a NASA MUST scholar and spent four summers working in the nanotechnology division at NASA Ames Research Center on the Microcolumn Scanning Electron Microscope (MSEMS) project and led a microgravity flight experiment, testing the microwave synthesis of piezoelectric ZnO nanowires in zero-G conditions. She finished her masters degree at Columbia University in 2013. She is a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow and spent a summer as a visiting technologist in the Quantum Sciences and Technology group at JPL. She is currently a PhD candidate at MIT, splitting her time between Dirk Englund's lab on campus and Danielle Braje's lab in group 89 at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Her current research focuses on precision sensors based on large ensembles of NV centers in diamond.

MS (Electrical Engineering), Columbia University (2013)
BE (Electrical Engineering), Cooper Union (2011)

Erik Eisenach

PhD Student

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Room 36-595

BS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), The Citadel (2015)

Christopher Foy

PhD Student

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Room 36-595

Christopher Foy earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). While at Georgia Tech I worked on determining the thermal conductivity of graphene. Since becoming a graduate student at MIT I have worked on using the NV center for sensing applications. Specifically, wide field magnetic field imaging. When I am not in the lab, I enjoy hanging out with my fellow lab mates, serving on the house government of my dorm (go Ashdown!), eating desserts, drinking excessive amounts of soda, and in general getting into trouble.

BS (Physics), Georgia Tech (2013)

Jordan Goldstein

PhD Student

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Room 36-680C
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Jordan Goldstein received S.B.'s in Physics and Electrical Engineering from MIT in the summer of 2014. After spending a year as an undergraduate doing photonic design for diamond-based quantum photonic research in Prof. Englund's group, he shifted his research focus towards graphene optoelectronics where he is currently working on telecommunications, sensing and network applications. He is currently funded by MIT Course 6's E. E. Landsman fellowship, although next year he will begin accepting funding from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Jordan is most strongly motivated by applications which tangibly impact people's lives. He is also motivated by interesting design problems and novel phenomena which can be used to improve technology. Although he is most comfortable with the abstraction levels of device physics and device-level photonics, he is eager to gain understanding and insight by delving into the lower-level behavior of the materials he works with, and to reinforce and optimize the usefulness of his research from a system-level point of view. Outside of the office, he enjoys linear combinations of cooking, gardening, DIY projects and music. He performs in MIT's Gamelan Galak Tika.

SB (Physics), MIT
SB (Electrical Engineering), MIT

Nicholas C. Harris

PhD Student

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Room 36-569
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I graduated from the University of Idaho in 2009 with a BSc in electrical engineering. I then joined Micron Technologies as a Research and Development Product Engineer studying, among other things, hot-carrier effects in 24nm transistors in DRAM and NAND circuits. In 2011, I joined Michael Hochberg and Tom Baehr-Jones at the University of Washington to investigate the field of nanophotonics. I received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2012 (for my proposal on a terabit, nanophotonic, chip-to-chip link) along with my MSc in electrical engineering from the University of Washington. In 2013, I joined Dirk Englund's group at MIT to investigate integrated quantum optics. The aim of my research is to build a fully-integrated quantum simulation machine. I'm from the Pacific Northwest. Freeskiing, bouldering and mountain biking are a few of my hobbies.

MSc (Electrical Engineering), University of Washington
BSc (Electrical Engineering), University of Idaho

Donggyu Kim

PhD Student

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Room 36-515

Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
MS (Physics), Korea University (2013)
BS (Physics), Korea University (2011)

Catherine Lee

PhD Student

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Room 36-569
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MA (Physics), Columbia University (2013)
BA (Physics), Wellesley College

Ben Lienhard

PhD Student

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Room 36-680F

MS (Electrical Engineering and Information Technology), ETH Zurich
BS (Electrical Engineering and Information Technology), ETH Zurich

Tsung-Ju Lu

PhD Student

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Room 36-597

BS (Electrical Engineering), Caltech (2013)

Hyowon Moon

PhD Student

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Room 36-680D

MS (EECS), Seoul National University (2012)
BS (EE), Seoul National University (2010)

Sara Mouradian

PhD Student

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Room 36-597
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Sara Mouradian received her BS in EECS from MIT in 2010, and her MEng in EECS from MIT in 2011 under Dr. Franco Wong. Following 6 months of research at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light she returned to MIT as a PhD student in the fall of 2012. In June she began work in the Quantum Photonics Lab. Her research focuses on the efficient control of light-matter interaction on the nanoscale.
If Sara's outside the office, she's probably climbing.

MEng (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), MIT (2011)
BS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), MIT (2010)

Mihir Pant

PhD Student

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Room 36-597

Mihir received his B. Eng. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with a specialization in Photonics and a minor in Physics from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. While at NTU, he developed a model for femtosecond laser induced photoemission that predicted deviations from the generalized Einstein photoelectric effect due to non-equilibrium heating dynamics and quantum tunneling. During this time, he also studied quantum shot noise suppression in electron field emission. He spent a semester as a research intern at the Institute for High Performance computing in Singapore where he developed an optoelectronic model for plasmon enhanced bulk heterojunction solar cells.

After moving to MIT, he moved his focus to optical quantum computing. He is currently working on quantum information processing with temporal modes, on-chip photon sources and cluster state quantum computing.

BEng (Electrical and Electronic Engineering), NTU

Cheng Peng

PhD Student

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Room 36-680C

Cheng received her BA from Cornell University in 2013 with a double major in Physics and Mathematics, during which she spent a year studying abroad in the University of Oxford. As an undergrad, she first worked on computational mathematics, applying difference-map algorithm to the sphere packing problem. After that, she shifted her research focus to condensed-matter physics and has worked on graphene optics and photonics since then. Cheng joined Quantum Photonics Lab at MIT as a graduate student in the fall of 2013. Her research focuses both on investigating plasmonics and nonlinear optics in graphene on a fundamental research level, and on developing graphene photodetectors, modulators and nonlinear devices applications in information processing, communication and sensing technologies.

Outside of the lab, she enjoys landscape photography, music, sports and visiting interesting places.

BA (Mathematics), Cornell University (2013)
BA (Physics), Cornell University (2013)

Mihika Prabhu

PhD Student

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SB (Electrical Engineering), MIT (2015)
SB (Physics), MIT (2015)

Reyu Sakakibara

PhD Student

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Room 36-597

Reyu received her B.S. degree in Chemical Biology from UC Berkeley in 2012. Her undergraduate research focused on the reinforcement of epoxy material with carbon nanotubes, and on the synthesis of high surface area boron nitride for hydrogen storage. She spent the summer of 2011 at Cornell, working on the fabrication of graphene resonators. Shortly after her graduation, she studied the charge transport of PbSe quantum dots in three terminal devices at Delft University of Technology. She joined the Quantum Photonics Group at MIT in the fall of 2012. She completed her master’s degree in February 2015, submitting a thesis on the electrochemical modulation of the charge state and fluorescence of nitrogen vacancy centers in nanodiamonds. She is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

MS (EECS), MIT (2015)
BS (Chemical Biology), UC Berkeley

Ren-Jye Shiue

PhD Student

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Room 36-585
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MS (EE) Columbia University
MS (EE) National Taiwan University
BS (Physics) National Taiwan University

Greg Steinbrecher

PhD Student

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Room 36-569
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Greg Steinbrecher received his SB from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012 with a double major in Physics and Electrical Engineering. From June 2010 through June 2013, he was an undergraduate researcher and then VI-A Master of Engineering student at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where his research focused on engineering and characterizing epitaxial quantum dots as a potential source of single photons in the communications band. Prior to this work, his first two years at MIT were spent as a researcher in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering studying the effects of extremely high current densities on ferromagnetic nanowires in pursuit of solid state magnetic memories. Greg also spent two summers in the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program characterizing satellite communications links to submarines for the United States Navy.

Greg is currently a PhD student at MIT and is National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate fellow, sponsored by ONR. His research interests include quantum optics and communications, metamaterials, numerical simulation, random processes, and security.

MEng (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), MIT (2013)
SB (Physics and Electrical Engineering), MIT (2012)

Carson Teale

PhD Student

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Room 36-515

I graduated from CU in 2012 then worked at NIST Boulder for a year and joined Dirk's group in 2013. Right now I'm working mostly at Lincoln Labs with Danielle Braje on creating a precision magnetometer using NVs in a bulk diamond sample. I enjoy running, skiing, biking, and other sports.

BS (EE, Physics), University of Colorado (2012)

Matt Trusheim

PhD Student

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MS (Applied Physics), Columbia University (2011)
BS (Applied Physics), Yale University (2010)

Noel Wan

PhD Student

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Room 36-515

BA (Physics and Mathematics) Columbia University (2014)

Evan Walsh

PhD Student

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SM (Applied Physics), Harvard University (2014)
BS (Engineering Physics), Cornell University (2011)

Michael Walsh

PhD Student

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Room 36-515

Michael Walsh earned his BS in Physics and EECS from MIT in 2013. He worked on thermopower waves in carbon nanotubes as an alternative energy source in the Strano lab for the first couple of years as an undergraduate. After comleting work in the Strano lab, his interest morphed into quantum computing, the field that he is currently focussing on. Initially working on cavity coupled ion traps in the Chuang lab, he transitioned to the Englund lab in 2014 where he is working on NV centers in diamond photonic networks. Outside the lab, Michael was heavily involved in student government. He loves the outdoors and frequenting the pool and tennis courts when not in the lab.

BS (Physics), MIT (2013)
BS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), MIT (2013)

Jiabao Zheng

PhD Student

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MS (Electrical Engineering), Columbia University (2013)
BS (Applied Physics), Northwestern Polytechnical University (2012)

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Masters Researchers


Anubhav Sinha

Master's Student

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Room 36-585

SB (EECS and Chemistry), MIT (2014)

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Undergraduate Researchers


Uttara Chakraborty

Undergraduate

BS (Electrical Engineering), MIT (2017)

Amir Karamlou

Undergraduate

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Alumni

Postdoctoral Alumni

Igal Bayn

Florian Dolde

Currently at Diamond Nanotechnologies

Ophir Gaathon

Currently at Diamond Nanotechologies

Jonathan Hodges

Currently at Diamond Nanotechnologies

Jake Mower

PhD, 2015

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PhD Alumni

Luozhou Li

PhD, 2015

Currently at GlobalFoundries

Jake Mower

PhD, 2015

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Dedicated Undergraduate Alumni

Tamara Dordevic

Currently PhD student at Harvard University

Amy Greene

Currently MEng student at MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Prashanta Kharel

Currently PhD student at Yale University

Rishi Patel

Currently PhD student at Stanford University

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Visiting Scholar Alumni

Xuetao Gan

Currently Professor in School of Science, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China

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