Integrated Photonics & Quantum Optics
Integrated photonics promises to transform a wide range of applications including optical communication, quantum information processing, and biosensing. Integrated photonics combines photonic signal transmission, processing, and possible conversion to/from an electrical signal on a nanofabricated chip. These nanoscale photonic circuits are not only smaller, but also faster and more efficient compared to traditional electronic circuits.
NanoES research in this area is geared towards large-scale integrated networks of photonic devices for cutting edge optical communication and quantum computing as well as single photonic devices for biosensing in health-related diagnostics.
Integrated Networks of Photonics Devices
The development of large-scale photonic networks will transform both classical and quantum information processing by surpassing the current limits in both speed and bandwidth of classical electronic circuits. For quantum applications, the photon is the most robust link between quantum processing nodes.
Nanoscale Photonics-Based Sensors
Nanoscale photonics-based sensors, capable of single molecule and single cell detection, are becoming practical with massively parallelized devices. The miniaturization and integration of photonics in medical devices is facilitating the development of new, minimally invasive health diagnostics.
Fabricating Nanoscale Photonic Devices
The Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF) at UW is uniquely equipped to facilitate the creation of complex, cutting-edge nanoscale photonic devices. Key instruments available at WNF include a JEOL electron beam lithography system and a Nanoscribe ultra-high-resolution 3D printer.