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Purdue Launches Quantum Photonics Center

Photonics Spectra
Dec 2015
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University of West Lafayette, Ind., has opened the Purdue Quantum Center, a science and technology R&D facility focused on quantum photonics. Potential applications for technology to be developed there include advanced quantum computers and Internet technology, compact and ultraprecise sensors for medical diagnostics and homeland security, and miniature chip-based devices for positioning and navigation instruments.

Nanodiamonds
Nanodiamonds are added to the surface of a “hyperbolic nanomaterial” to enhance the production of single photons, representing a step toward the development of quantum computers and communications technologies. Photo coutesy of Purdue University, Birck Nanotechnology Center.

“One goal of the center is to create a synergistic atmosphere for research in quantum science and technology,” said professor Vladimir M. Shalaev, scientific director of nanophotonics at Purdue’s Birck Nanotechnology Center.

Quantum photonics involves harnessing single photons to dramatically increase the performance of computers, sensors and other devices. Researchers will work on quantum computers that use quantum bits, or qubits, to increase the capacity to process, store and transmit information.

Other fields of study include metamaterials, spintronics, and atomic and molecular optics.

The Purdue Quantum Center was opened during the university’s International Workshop on Quantum Control of Light and Matter in October.

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