Laboratory for Nano-scale Optics

Our work is featured on the May 2010 cover of Applied Physics Letters, the March 2010 cover of Nature Nanotechnology, the June 2011 cover of IEEE Photonics Society News, the June 2011 cover of Bio-Optics World,the October 8, 2012 cover of Lab on a Chip, and the September 2012 cover of Physics Status Solidi. [Click Thumbnail for full size version.]

Congratulations to Parag Deotare, Thomas Babinec, and Qimin Quan (pictured left to right): the first ever graduates of the Lončar group!

Congratulations to Birgit Hausmann, Raji Shankar, Jennifer Choy (front row: left to right); Yinan Zhang and Ian Burgess (back row: left to right): the second group of graduates from the Lončar group!

The past two decades have witnessed remarkable progress in the field of nanoscale optics. Nanophotonics now emerges as an attractive alternative to microelectronics in communication and information processing systems. This progress has been driven by applications and advances in microfabrication techniques, due to constant demand for better, smaller, faster and less expensive computation systems. At the same time, new technology enabled us to gain new insight into fundamental physical laws that govern the behavior of photons on a nanoscale level.

Research in the Laboratory for Nanoscale Optics focuses on the study of phenomena resulting from the interaction of light and matter in nanostructures. Examples include efficient control of light within photonic crystals, light generation in novel quantum emitters (e.g. semiconductor nanocrystals, color centers in diamond) embedded in optical nanostructures, manipulation of nano-scale objects using guided waves, etc. Our ability to control and engineer light-matter interaction will result in novel devices and open potential for further developments in areas such as optical information processing, quantum cryptography, bio-chemical sensing, high-density optical data storage, and optical imaging. In order to achieve these goals we are also developing novel nanofabrication techniques. Finally, sophisticated numerical modeling is used to design our devices and understand underlying physics. We believe that such an integrated approach, both experimental and theoretical, is the best way to understand these complex optical systems.