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Jeff Chiles (Fed)

Staff Scientist / Physicist

I work to accelerate and apply the newest technology in integrated photonics, single-photon detectors, neuromorphic computing, and nonlinear optics to the high-impact problems of today and tomorrow. My experience combines years of advanced fabrication with state-of-the-art facilities, vertical technology development from design to measurement, and high-level concept development.

Research topics: silicon photonics, semiconductor lasers, superconducting electronics, heterogeneous integration, III-V semiconductor devices, nonlinear photonics, precision packaging


  • NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, NIST Boulder (2018)
  • CREOL Student of the Year (2015)
  • UCF Trustees Doctoral Fellowship (2011)
  • Illinois Technology Association's "50 for the Future" (2010)
  • Association of Old Crows Educational Scholarship (2009 and 2010)

Selected Publications


Demonstration of Superconducting Optoelectronic Single-Photon Synapses

Saeed Khan, Bryce Primavera, Jeff Chiles, Adam McCaughan, Sonia Buckley, Alexander Tait, Adriana Lita, John Biesecker, Anna Fox, David Olaya, Richard Mirin, Sae Woo Nam, Jeff Shainline
Superconducting optoelectronic hardware is being explored as a path towards artificial spiking neural networks with unprecedented scales of complexity and

PHIDL: Python-based layout and geometry creation for nanolithography

Adam McCaughan, Alexander N. Tait, Sonia Buckley, Jeff Chiles, Jeff Shainline, Sae Woo Nam, Dylan M. Oh
Computer-aided design (CAD) has become a critical element in the creation of nanopatterned structures and devices. In particular, with the increased adoption of

Patents (2018-Present)

Created October 9, 2019, Updated May 5, 2023