Information Technologies

Innovations at the nanoscale can create enormous opportunities for the improved storage and transmission of information. Traditionally, we have used photons to transmit information at varying wavelengths, and electrons to transmit information through the transport of their electronic charge. As an alternative to electronic charge, the storage and transport of electronic spin in semiconductor devices - "spintronics", may revolutionize the electronic device industry, with spin based transistors , opto-electronic devices, and memory. Nanophotonic and Nanoelectronic technologies promise not only more compact and rapid information processing, but also dramatically new means of accessing and controlling photons and charge. Accessing the nanoscale makes possible new paradigms of computation such as quantum information processing.

Faculty Research

Divykant Agrawal

Computer Science
Distributed systems, databases, digital libraries, scalable and fault-tolerant access to multimedia data and digital libraries.

S. James Allen

Terahertz dynamics in semiconductor quantum structures far from equilibrium, Bloch oscillators, novel terahertz detectors and terahertz circular dichroism and dynamics of bio-polymers.

Kevin Almeroth

Computer Science, Media Arts and Technology
Computer networks and protocols, large-scale multimedia systems, performance evaluation, and distributed systems.

David Awschalom

Optical and magnetic interactions in semiconductor quantum structures, spin dynamics and coherence in condensed matter, nanometer-scale magnetism, and quantum information processing in the solid state.

Leon Balents

"Exotic" Order and Criticality, Quasi-One-Dimensional Frustrated Quantum Magnets, Nanowires, Spintronics and Magnetic Semiconductors, Statics and Dynamics of Glasses, Mott Transitions and Competing Orders.

Kaustav Banerjee

Electrical & Computer Engineering
Device-circuit-architecture-process co-design and optimization for overcoming end-of-roadmap CMOS limitations; multi-core designs; variation-tolerant design; ultra high-frequency interconnect modeling and extraction techniques, chip-packaging interconnects; 3-D integrated circuits for high-density information storage and heterogeneous integration; novel circuit and system applications (including fast switch and memory) of beyond-CMOS nanotechnologies.

Guillermo Bazan

Chemistry & Biochemistry
Design of well-defined initiators for polymerization reactions, the study of photophysical processes in advanced organic photonic materials and the design of interconnects for bringing together molecular wires.

Ania Bleszynski Jayich

Quantum mechanical effects in mesoscopic systems, electron transport in nanostructures, and nanometer-scale imaging and magnetometry.

Daniel Blumenthal

Electrical & Computer Engineering
Electronics and Photonics: fiber-optic networks, wavelength and subcarrier division multiplexing, photonic packet switching, signal processing in semiconductor optical devices, wavelength conversion, microwave photonics.

Dirk Bouwmeester

Quantum information processing with entangled photon states. Quantum Dots on Microtubules and DNA. Quantum Dots and Microcavities. Macrosepic Quantum Super Position.

Andrew Cleland

Nanoscale electronic and mechanical devices, exploring their uses as novel and ultrasensitive sensors and imaging devices.

Glenn Fredrickson

Chemical Engineering
Theoretical and computational polymer science, many of these aimed at understanding self-assembling polymers and complex fluids, and especially block copolymer systems.

Michael Gordon

Chemical Engineering
synthesis and characterization of nanoscale materials as well as the development of scanning probe microscopy (SPM) methods for optical, electrical, and mechanical interrogation of nanoscale systems in material science, microelectronics, catalysis, and biology.

Arthur Gossard

Quantum Structure Growth, Science and Technology; High Performance Graded Quantum Structures; Quantum Wire and Quantum Dot Growth and Devices; MBE Technology for Ultrafast, Ultra-high-density Optoelectronic Devices; Smart Optoelectronic Pixel Technology; Cryogenic Lasers for Low-Temperature Electronics; Advanced Infrared Detectors Based on Strained Layer Superlattices.

Craig Hawker

Materials Department and Materials Research Lab
Current interests include design, synthesis and exploitation of nanoscopically defined materials in applications ranging from next-generation microelectronic devices to diagnostic agents for detection and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Alan Heeger

Physics of conductive and light-emitting polymers, biosensors.

JoAnn Kuchera-Morin

Music, Media Arts and Technology
Multimedia Composition, 3D Immersive Physical Sound Environments, 3D Immersive Virtual Sound Environments, Auralization, Distributed Multimedia Computing Environments.

John Martinis

Superconductivity, ultra low-temperature electronic devices, and quantum computation.

Ben Mazin

Photon-counting, energy-resolving cryogenic detectors and instrumentation for Astrophysics.

Chetan Nayak

Microsoft Station Q & Physics
Correlated electron systems, quantum Hall effect, topological phases of matter, and quantum computation.

Christopher Palmstrom

Electrical & Computer Engineering and Materials
Heteroepitaxial growth of novel materials and structures to form the basis for making new electronic, optoelectronic, magnetic and micromechanical devices.

Pierre Petroff

Crystal growth of self-assembling nanostructures (quantum dots and quantum rods) and studies of quantum emitters properties coupled to a microcavity field. Novel quantum dot and quantum rod devices for ultra fast single photon emitters and lasers.

Linda Petzold

Mechanical Engineering
Modeling, simulation and analysis of multiscale systems in systems biology and materials.

Dmitri Strukov

Electrical & Computer Engineering
Physical implementation of computation, including device physics, circuit design, and high-level architecture, with emphasis on emerging device technologies. In particular, the main focus is on the "CMOL" (standing for Cmos + MOLecular-scale devices) variety of hybrid nanoelectronic circuits.

Matthew Turk

Computer Science, Media Arts and Technology
Computer vision and imaging, multimodal human-computer interaction, 3D body tracking, gesture recognition, visualization and immersive environments.

David Weld

Quantum simulation with ultracold neutral atoms in optical lattices, Bose-Einstein condensation, and experiments at the intersection of condensed matter and atomic physics.

Rich Wolski

Computer Science
High-performance distributed computing, computational grids, and computational economies for resource allocation and scheduling.

Fred Wudl

Chemistry & Biochemistry
Currently interested in optical and electro-optical properties of conjugated polymers, organic chemistry of fullerenes, and design and preparation of self-mending polymers.