Prof. Mahdi Hosseini receives NSF CAREER Award
Mahdi Hosseini, assistant professor in Purdue University’s Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. These prestigious awards are in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through research and education, and the integration of these endeavors in the context of their organizations' missions. The awards, presented once each year, include a federal grant for research and education activities for five consecutive years.
Hosseini’s five-year, $500K grant will support a project entitled “CAREER: Active Nonlinear Photonics with Applications in Quantum Networks,” which involves the investigation of a new paradigm of light-matter interactions. Using novel photonic materials controllably incorporated with optical centers (e.g. rare-earth atoms), the optical properties of the material can be engineered to develop quantum photonic devices as building blocks of future quantum networks.
Hosseini says he is humbled to receive this award.
“The NSF CAREER Award recognizes the significance of our study and enables us to continue cutting-edge research in the field of photonics and quantum communications,” he says. “Joining the league of distinguished CAREER awardees as outstanding researchers is a remarkable opportunity and recognition for me and my research group.”
Hosseini says this research could lead to reducing the footprint of quantum devices while addressing some of the fundamental limitations related to low-loss and low-noise interfacing quantum information with atoms.