EE Colloquium: Integrated quantum photonics with quantum dots

Abstract:  Semiconductor quantum dots are zero-dimensional nanometer-scale heterostructures that display atom-like properties at cryogenic temperatures, such as discrete energy level states with sharp dipole-allowed optical transitions. Single quantum dots are currently being investigated as solid-state emitters of non-classical light, and have demonstrated great potential as bright, triggered sources of single- or entangled photons, as well as single-photon-level nonlinear optical elements. Such functionalities can be enabling for various applications in photonic quantum technologies. In this talk, I will discuss our efforts towards the creation of integrated photonic devices with capabilities enabled by single quantum dots, leveraged by nanophotonic structures designed to maximize the interaction between the quantum emitter and light in engineered spatial modes.

Biography: Marcelo Davanco is a scientist at the Physical Measurement Lab in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He has BS and MS degrees from the State University of Campinas, Brazil, and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, all in Electrical Engineering. Marcelo was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan and then at the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, and has worked on a variety of topics in the field of nanophotonics.


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