Nanotechnology & Quantum Information Processing

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  • Jing Kong, professor of electrical engineering in the EECS Department at MIT and principal investigator with the Microsystems Technology Laboratories and the Research Lab of Electronics has worked with MIT students and Evelyn Wang, professor in MIT's Mechanical Engineering Department to create a graphene coating for power plant condensers — a step that will improve power plant efficiency 2 to 3 percent and ultimately making a significant dent in global carbon emissions. Read more.
  • Members of the Quantum Photonics Lab including its director Professor Dirk Englund and EECS graduate student Hannah Clevenson have developed a new, ultrasensitive magnetic-field detector that is 1,000 times more energy-efficient than its predecessors. This work, which could lead to miniaturized, battery-powered devices for medical and materials imaging, contraband detection, and geological exploration, is reported in the latest issue of Nature Physics. Read more.
  • In a broad new assessment of the status and prospects of solar photovoltaic technology, MIT researchers including Vladimir Bulović, Associate Dean for Innovation and the Fariborz Maseeh (1990) Professor of Emerging Technology and Joel Jean, EECS graduate student and lead author in the journal Energy & Environmental Science say that it is “one of the few renewable, low-carbon resources with both the scalability and the technological maturity to meet ever-growing global demand for electricity.” Read more.
  • MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department Head Anantha Chandrakasan and Associate Department Heads Bill Freeman, Silvio Micali, and David Perreault announced in February 2015, the promotions of eight faculty members in the department. Professors Adalsteinsson, Daniel, Golland, and Torralba are promoted to full professor. Professors Chilpala, Polyanskiy and Vaikuntanathan are promoted to associate professor. The promotions are effective July 1, 2015. Read more.
  • Professor Vladimir Bulovic holds the Fariborz Maseeh Chair in Emerging Technology at MIT, heads the MIT.nano project, and co-leads the MIT Innovation Initiative. His ONE Lab has been a hotbed of scientific discovery... Read more.
  • Five members of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of a total of eight MIT faculty have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering including Hari Balakrishnan, Sangeeta Bhatia, Anantha Chandrakasan, L. Rafael Reif and Daniela Rus. Read more.
  • Dirk Englund and his team in the Quantum Photonics Laboratory have collaborated with colleagues at Brookhaven National Laboratory and an outside company to create a new technique to extend quantum-secured communication. Using nitrogen atoms embedded in synthetic diamond the researchers have trapped qubits that can transfer photons extending the superposition time of these qubits a hundredfold — ultimately leading toward practical quantum computing. Read more.
  • Two EECS Department faculty Jesus del Alamo and Rajeev Ram are recipients of Bose Grants — out of five MIT professors selected for research projects that are high-risk yet potentially having significant impact. The grants are given in memory of Amar Bose, electrical engineering professor, who taught in EECS and founded the Bose Corporation. Read more.
  • Photonic integrated circuits are coming closer to implementing the basic components needed for quantum information processing based on the recent work by EECS graduate student Nicholas Harris, a member of the Quantum Photonics Laboratory headed by Dirk Englund, Jamieson Career Development Professor and principal investigator in the MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE). Read more.

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