Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Metamaterial antennas for improving the efficiency of single-photon sources"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Summer 2016 - DURI
Research area(s):
Electrical & Computer Engineering, Nanophotonics
Project Description:
In the past few years, the creation of efficient single-photon sources (SPS) for quantum communication and quantum information processing has been actively pursued. One of the possible solutions for constructing an SPS is to use atom-like centers in solids, such as nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond nanocrystals. The main advantages of NV centers are the room-temperature operation and the potential to be integrated with other solid-state platforms. In the scope of this research direction we aim at enhancing further the emission properties of NV centers by using metamaterials with hyperbolic dispersion. The main goal of this particular project is to design a metamaterial surface patterning to improve the directionality and single-photon flux going into the far-field.
Expected Student Contributions:
Numerical modelling and simulations using commercial packages, such as COMSOL Multiphysics and CST Studio Suite
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Desired Qualifications:
GPA > 3.6, in ECE, or Physics
Estimated Weekly Hours:
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Professor in Charge

Shalaev, Vladimir M.
electrical and computer eng

Student Supervisor

Mikhail Shalaginov

Cooperating Faculty

Alexander V. Kildishev