Learn more about selected research topics (archived, present, and future plans) and capabilities of some of our Photonics faculty laboratories.


Quantum Communication & Measurement (QCM) Laboratory

Research in the Quantum Communication & Measurement (QCM) Laboratory focus on fundamentals of quantum optics and quantum information processing with the purpose of developing quantum-optical communication networks and engineering novel ultra-precise measurement techniques in nano-photonics and life sciences that outperform conventional solutions. Experimental projects include quantum cryptography in metropolitan network, super-resolution phase sensors based on quantum dispersion cancellation effect, quantum imaging and microscopy with spatial aberration cancellation, quantum spectroscopic ellipsometry for characterizing nanoscale devices in semiconductor industry and proteomics, high-resolution fluorescent correlation spectroscopy and microscopy.

Research and development projects at QCM Laboratory concentrate on:
*Quantum optical device engineering using parametric amplification in specially designed periodically polled nonlinear structures, entanglement manipulation and processing on a chip, micro- and nano-photonics, ultra-fast quantum optics;
*High-performance single-photon detection and correlation measurement in a wide spectral range from ultraviolet to mid-infrared and terahertz;
*Quantum information processing, quantum communication and cryptography, linear-optical quantum computing, quantum networks;
* Quantum bio-photonics: characterization and diagnostic of biological materials and devices in life sciences, picosecond-resolution fluorescent correlation spectroscopy in the visible and in the infrared spectral range for early disease diagnostic.

The Quantum Communication & Measurement Laboratory is located in PHO B15(A/B)

Principal Investigator:

Professor Alexander Sergienko, alexserg@bu.edu

Optical Characterization and Nanophotonics Laboratory

Optical Characterization and Nanophotonics Laboratory

The stated mission of the Optical Characterization and Nanophotonics (OCN) Laboratory focuses on developing and applying advanced optical characterization techniques to the study of solid-state and biological phenomena at the nanoscale.

Nanophotonics addresses a broad spectrum of optics on the nanometer scale covering technology and basic science. Compared to the behavior of isolated molecules or bulk materials, the behavior of nanostructures exhibit important physical properties not necessarily predictable from observations of either individual constituents or large ensembles.

Principal Investigators:

M. Selim Unlu, selim@bu.edu;
Anna Swan, swan@bu.edu;
Luca Dal Negro, dalnegro@bu.edu

Laboratory for Microsystems Technology

Laboratory for Microsystems Technology

The stated mission of the Laboratory for Microsystems Technology is to apply materials science, micro/nanomechanics, as well as micro/nanomanufacturing technologies to solve various engineering problems that are motivated by practical applications in MEMS/NEMS and emerging nanobiotechnologies.

This laboratory takes a quantitative approach to designing micro/nanosystems, using both analytical and numerical modeling to gain fundamental understanding of the technologies that are created. The designs are then taken through micro/nanomanufacturing to characterization and packaging and to testing.

Principal Investigator:

Xin Zhang, xinz@bu.edu

Bioorganic Photochemistry Laboratory

Precision Engineering Research Laboratory

The stated mission of the Precision Engineering Research Laboratory (PERL) is to study sensing, control, and fabrication at the limits of achievable precision.

Areas of interest include microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), nanometer-scale actuation, micromachining, design of optical arrays, and microfluidics. Analytical and numerical modeling analysis is completed prior to building new MEMs structures in an attempt to predict stress, strain, and uniform movement of optical arrays.

Principal Investigator:

Thomas Bifano, tgb@bu.edu