Title: Next-Generation Photonic Platform with 2D Materials
Abstract: Over the last decade, nanophotonics has played a crucial role in the proliferation of optical circuits for light manipulation in large-scale applications including optical communication, analog computation, quantum information processing and light detection and ranging (LIDAR). However, the existing platforms suffer from a tradeoff between optical loss and device performance, which necessitates the introduction of novel materials and optical devices. Recently, two-dimensional (2D) materials have attracted immense interest with the promise of providing a perfect ecosystem to observe and harness both classical and quantum phenomenon due to their strong light-matter interaction. In this talk, I will introduce several integrated photonic platforms that not only improve optical performance, but also serves as a toolkit to probe new material properties and realize next-generation phase modulators and photonic (quantum) memory for classical and quantum applications. Our 2D photonic platforms is incorporated post-fabrication and serves to complement the photonic foundry solution, paving the pathway for large-scale system integration. In the end, I will provide a brief outlook on the new platforms for quantum emission, manipulation, and on-demand storage/release of quantum states of light and matter.
About the Speaker: Ipshita Datta is currently an Urbanek-Chodorow postdoctoral fellow in the Heinz Research Group at Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. and M.Phil degrees from Columbia University in 2022 and 2019, respectively. Her research focuses on merging the fields of material science with state-of-the-art nanophotonics to develop next-generation photonic devices for classical and quantum systems. She is an EECS Rising Star, ADF 2023 Rising Star Asia, and the recipient of the Urbanek-Chodorow Fellowship from Stanford University for developing photonic solutions to engineer quantum emission in 2D materials. Her doctoral thesis focused on developing next-generation photonic platforms to probe classical and quantum phenomenon in 2D and bulk materials.