Quantum Photonic Applications Group

The core focus of the Quantum Photonic Applications group lies in investigating mathematical foundations, application development, and experimental system design for quantum-enhanced and/or quantum-enabled photonic information processing. This includes all applications where light is used to extract, carry and process information, e.g., in communications, sensing, imaging, and various special-purpose computations. Calculating the fundamental performance limits in the aforesaid applications must treat light as a quantum mechanical object. Designing, evaluating and building systems that attain or approach such quantum-limited performance, often involves innovations spanning multiple disciplines.

Our research employs a confluence of: (1) optical physics (electromagnetic theory, statistical optics, non-linear optics, and quantum optics), (2) information and estimation theories (Shannon theory, quantum information theory, quantum Fisher information, network information theory), (3) communications and networking systems (digital communications, network algorithms, quantum repeaters, quantum communications systems), and (4) fundamentals of quantum computing (e.g., quantum error correction, cluster-state model of quantum computing).


The following topics broadly capture our current research interests

Below is a brief synopsis of our major research focus areas. Please click on a topic, to learn more detailed information, and to see example projects, concepts, and publications.

Quantum Communications
Photonic Quantum Computing
Quantum Sensing & Imaging
Mathematical Foundations


Research staff and funding

Our group comprises of faculty, scientists, postdoctoral associates, graduate students and undergraduate students, of backgrounds spanning electrical engineering, computer science, and physics. Our research is funded by sponsors that span US federal (National Science Foundation, DARPA, Office of Naval Research, Department of Energy, NASA and Army Research Office) to industry (General Dynamics, Raytheon, L3Harris, and Xanadu Quantum Technologies).

If you are a researcher or research sponsor interested in working or collaborating with us, please do not hesitate to contact us. We love, and invite interdisciplinary collaborations that broaden our horizons.