Photonics and Nano Devices Research at UW EE includes quantum electronics, nanoscale optics, novel photon sources, and optical metamaterials, with applications in quantum science, imaging, biomedical sensing, and other areas. Our faculty work closely with colleagues in the Department of Physics and several faculty hold joint and secondary appointments in Physics. UW EE is the host for the Washington Nanofabrication Facility and a member of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), supporting academic institutions and companies throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond in designing and fabricating nanoscale materials and structures.
Nanoscale Materials and Structure
Modeling and fabrication of novel nanoscale materials and nanoscale structures and the design and fabrication of novel devices.
Integrated Photonics and Optoelectronics
Design and fabrication of integrated photonic, optoelectronic, and quantum devices for applications in computation, communication, sensing, and quantum information.
Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)
micro-machining, lithography, x-ray and diamond patterning
Sensors and Sensor Systems
- Nano Optoelectronic Integrated System Engineering (NOISE) Lab
- Nanotechnology Modeling Laboratory
- Optical Spintronics and Sensing lab
- Photonics Laboratory
- Sensor Systems Lab
- Microfabrication Laboratory
- Microelectromechanical Systems Lab
- Distributed Microsystems Laboratory
- Sensors, Energy, and Automation Laboratory (SEAL)
- Washington Nanofabrication Facility
- Kai-Mei Fu
- Arka Majumdar
- M.P. (Anant) Anantram
- Karl F. Böhringer
- Robert Bruce Darling
- Scott T. Dunham
- Lih Lin
- Alex Mamishev
- Matt Reynolds
- Joshua R. Smith
- Denise M. Wilson
- Babak Parviz
- Tai-Chang Chen
Researchers deliver the future in optical display through freeform opticsAssistant Professor Arka Majumdar and his team have developed visible frequency freeform optical elements by leveraging metasurfaces. This advancement can transform optical use.
Professor Matt Reynolds Works with Intellectual Ventures to Power Drones WirelesslyThe researchers are using metamaterials to develop new approaches to wireless power transmissions, improving current systems in use.
Professors Majumdar and Xu Discover an Important First Step Towards Building Electrically Pumped Nano-LasersThese lasers are critical in improving the performance and energy-efficiency of these data centers.
Professors Receive NSF Grant to Develop a 3D Printer that Aids Research in NanotechnologyEE professors receive a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the advancement of three-dimensional (3D) printers with unprecedented nanoscale resolution.
$2m NSF EFRI Grant for Secure Communicatons ResearchProfessors Kai-Mei Fu and Arka Majumdar are awarded $2 million from an NSF EFRI Grant to advance the research in quantum-secure communications.
- On-chip single photon detectors for hybrid photonic quantum networks
- Semiconductor-diamond nanophotonic transmitter for long-distance communication
- Ultrathin Flexible Quantum Dot Devices on Nanocellulose Paper
- Vibration-Driven Parallel Droplet Microfluidics
- Nanoscale magnetic sensor for biophysical imaging
- Self-cleaning Surfaces Based on Asymmetric Micro-Texture
- Sub-diffraction photon guidance by quantum dot cascades
- Remote switching of cellular activity and cell signaling using light in conjunction with quantum dots
- Dynamic focus-tracking MEMS scanning micromirror with low actuation voltages for endoscopic imaging
- Fluorescent porous silicon biological probes with high quantum efficiency and stability
- Photonic Crystal Optical Tweezers with High Efficiency for Live Biological Samples and Viability Characterization
- Ultrathin (< 1 μm) Substrate-Free Flexible Photodetector on Quantum Dot-Nanocellulose Paper