Quantum Optics - Precision Measurement - Nanophotonics
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, Jamieson Career Development Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Research opportunities for MIT Master's students posted here
- We have openings for outstanding researchers in nanophotonics, optical networks, and quantum optics [more]
- Dirk featured in Brookhave National Lab Spotlight
- Jake featured in RLE's student spotlight!
- Hannah Clevenson's new Applied Physics Letters article on cavity-enhanced polymer sensors featured in the news: Eurekalert, Phys.org, ...
- Congratulations to Ren-Jye on his new movie, NanoNerds!
- Jake wins the Claude E. Shannon Award. Congratulations!
- Rishi Patel wins the 2014 SuperUROP Project Award for best superUROP resesearch. Congratulations Rishi!!
- "FLAWED TO PERFECTION" - Nature article on NV diamond featuring Matt and Luozhou's latest results on high-purity diamond nanoparticles
- Our graphene detector work is featured on NPR Marketplace and Photonics Spectra
- Congraulations to Matt, Luozhou, and co-authors on their demonstration of high-quality diamond nanocrystals with record magnetic field resolution!
- Congratulations to Xuetao and Ren-Jye on their publication on high-performance graphene photodetectors, reported in Nature Photonics and covered in the news: MIT News, Nature, Nature Photonics News and Views,Nanowerk, Gizmodo, Photonics.com, LiveMint , IEEE Spectrum, Phys.org, RD Magazine,NanotechWeb, MIT TechnologyReview
- New MURI announced on Optimal Measurements for Scalable Quantum Technologies
- Featured in Nature: Diamonds tick like atomic clocks
- Congratulations to Ed Chen and co-authors for their new publication on spin-based super-resolution imaging in Nano Letters
- Dirk is appointed Jamieson Career Development Professor
- Graphene modulator featured in the news
- Xuetao's paper on cavity-enhanced light-matter interaction in graphene is featured in the news
- Jonathan and coworkers report long coherence times of NVs in nanofabricated diamond structures - New Journal of Physics 14 (2012).
- Dirk is awarded the 2012 IBM Faculty Award
- Congrats to Reyu on receiving an NSF Graduate Fellowship!
- Dirk is awarded a 2012 DARPA Young Faculty Award (CU News)
- Congrats to Ed and Hannah on receiving NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF)!!
- We are starting a new interdisciplinary Keck Foundation Program: ``Watching the Brain at Work: Imaging Neuronal Activity with Diamond Nanoprobes'' -- D. Englund, Jonathan Owen (Chemistry), Rafael Yuste (Biology) [Columbia News; Keck annoucement]
- The White House supports our research through the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) ; Columbia news
- We are starting a new collaborative program to develop Multi-Functional Light-Matter Interfaces based on Neutral Atoms and Solids [press announcement]
- SEAS article: Transmitting Information Securely
- The Columbia RISE program supports our research on biochemical sensors, in collaboration with the group of Jon Owen (Chemistry) 
- Dirk receives Sloan Research Fellowship in Physics [more] 
- Our research on quantum networks on nanophotonic chips is supported by the AFOSR Young Investigator Program [more], [Dec. 2010]
- We are beginning a DARPA-DSO sponsored project to develop photon-efficient quantum communication using chip-based architecture (DARPA InPho program) [Aug. 2010]