About the Event
Quantum Nanophotonics with Jelena Vuckovic (PhD ’02)
Nanophotonic structures that localize photons in sub-wavelength volumes are possible today, thanks to modern nanofabrication and optical design techniques. Such structures enable studies of new regimes of light-matter interaction, quantum and nonlinear optics, and new applications in computing, communications, and sensing. The traditional quantum nanophotonics platform is based on InAs quantum dots inside GaAs photonic crystal cavities. Recently, based on color centers in diamond and silicon carbide, an alternative platform has emerged, which could potentially bring the described experiments to room temperature and facilitate scaling to large photonic networks. Also, the use of inverse design nanophotonic methods, efficiently performing physics-guided search through the full parameter space, leads to optical devices with properties superior to state of the art, including smaller footprints, better field localization, and novel functionalities. My talk will focus on the above, and some of their interesting applications.
Jelena Vuckovic (PhD ’02)
Professor of Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, Stanford University
Jelena Vuckovic is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and, by courtesy, of Applied Physics at Stanford, where she leads the Nanoscale and Quantum Photonics Lab. She is also a faculty member of the Ginzton Lab, Bio-X and the Pulse Institute at Stanford. After receiving her PhD in EE from Caltech in 2002, she worked as a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford, and in 2003, joined their Faculty. As a Humboldt Prize recipient, she has also held a visiting position at the Institute for Physics of the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany (since 2011). In 2013, she was appointed as a Hans Fischer Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Technical University in Munich, Germany.
In addition to the Humboldt Prize (2010) and the Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship (2013), Vuckovic has received many awards including the Marko V. Jaric award for outstanding achievements in physics (2012), the DARPA Young Faculty Award (2008), the Chambers Faculty Scholarship at Stanford (2008), the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE in 2007), the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2006), the Okawa Foundation Research Grant (2006), and the Frederic E. Terman Fellowship at Stanford (2003). She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and of the Optical Society of America (OSA).
Vuckovic is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics - MPQ (in Munich, Germany) and of the scientific advisory board of the Ferdinand Braun Institute (in Berlin, Germany). She is also a member of the editorial advisory board of Nature Quantum Information and ACS Photonics, and was on the editorial board of the New Journal of Physics.
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