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Quantum Nanophotonics Group

The Quantum Nanophotonics Group develops new metrological devices and tools for a wide range of applications, including single photonics for quantum networks, neuromorphic computing, and quantum transduction.

The Quantum Nanophotonics Group creates novel devices to enable state-of-the-art metrology for a wide variety of applications. We combine nanophotonic device design and modeling with complex micro-and nano-fabrication techniques to develop integrated photonic devices (semiconductor lasers, wavelength converters, polarization rotators), quantum transducers, and superconducting optoelectronic single-photon synapses for neuromorphic computers. Our work is tightly coupled to the work in the Faint Photonics Group.

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Integrated Photonics

Integrated photonics uses micro-and nano-fabrication techniques to develop compact devices that can replace bulk optics. Low size, weight, and power (SWAP)

Nanostructure Fabrication and Metrology

Single photons are the fundamental particles for all optical measurements. Single photon detectors made from avalanche photodiodes or photomultiplier tubes are

Physics and Hardware for Intelligence

Artificial intelligence increasingly affects many aspects of society. New computational hardware based on information-processing in the brain is being developed


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


SOEN Process Design Kits

This technology package, a.k.a process design kit (PDK), defines the NIST superconducting optoelectronics process: OLMAC. It is in the klayout format of


Richard Mirin Elected OSA Fellow

Richard Mirin is recognized for outstanding contributions to semiconductor quantum dot devices and quantum optics by the Optical Society of

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