Merging quantum photonics and spintronics with 2D materials

Interdisciplinary Areas: Micro-, Nano-, and Quantum Engineering

Project Description

The rich variety of two-dimensional (2D) materials have shown unique promise for both nano/quantum photonics (for example graphene and 2D materials based tunable plasmonics and optoelectronics; color centers/single photon sources/quantum emitters in boron nitride and transition metal dichalcogenides) as well as spintronics (for example 2D magnets with voltage tunable magnetism, topological insulators with spin-momentum locking, and transition metal dichalcogenides with optically addressable spin-valley locking). This project will study 2D materials and their van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures that bring together such interesting properties in both quantum photonics/plasmonics and spintronics, to develop hybrid quantum systems that may enable optically addressed and controlled quantum sensors, spin qubits and other quantum devices for quantum information/sensing and spintronic applications. The successful candidate will be jointly supervised by both advisors, and learn about nano/quantum photonics/plasmonics and 2D materials/devices fabrication and opto/electronic measurements.

Start Date

July 1, 2019

Postdoc Qualifications

PhD holder or candidate in physical sciences or engineering with strong background in experimental research in one or more of the following areas: nano/quantum photonics, 2D materials and devices, spintronics. Strong abilities for independent, interdisciplinary research, and excellent oral and written communication skills.  


Vladimir Shalaev (, ECE,

Yong Chen (, ECE & PHYS, 


1. S. Bogdanov, M. Y. Shalaginov, A. Boltasseva, and V. M. Shalaev, Material platforms for integrated quantum photonics, Opt. Mater. Express 7, 111-132 (2017)

2. Simeon I. Bogdanov, Mikhail Y. Shalaginov, Alexei S. Lagutchev, Chin-Cheng Chiang, Deesha Shah, Alexandr S. Baburin, Ilya A. Ryzhikov, Ilya A. Rodionov, Alexander V. Kildishev, Alexandra Boltasseva, and Vladimir M. Shalaev, Ultrabright Room-Temperature Sub-Nanosecond Emission from Single Nitrogen-Vacancy Centers Coupled to Nanopatch Antennas, Nano Letters (2018); M.Y. Shalaginov, V.V. Vorobyov, J. Liu, M. Ferrera, A.V. Akimov, A. Lagutchev, A.N. Smolyaninov, V.V. Klimov, J. Irudayaraj, A.V. Kildishev, A. Boltasseva, and V.M. Shalaev, Enhancement of single-photon emission from nitrogen-vacancy centers with TiN/(Al,Sc)N hyperbolic metamaterial, Laser Photonics Rev., 1-8 (2014); M.Y. Shalaginov, S. Ishii, J. Liu, J. Liu, J. Irudayaraj, A. Lagutchev, A.V. Kildishev, and V. M. Shalaev, Broadband enhancement of spontaneous emission from nitrogen-vacancy centers in nanodiamonds by hyperbolic metamaterials, Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 173114 (2013)
3. Jieran Fang, Di Wang, Clayton T. DeVault, Ting-Fung Chung, Yong P. Chen, Alexandra Boltasseva, Vladimir M. Shalaev, and Alexander V. Kildishev, "Enhanced Graphene Photodetector with Fractal Metasurface", Nano Letters 17, 57 (2017); Naresh K. Emani, Ting-Fung Chung, Xingjie Ni, Alexander V. Kildishev,Yong P. Chen, and Alexandra Boltasseva, "Electrically Tunable Damping of Plasmonic Resonances with Graphene", Nano Letters 12, 5202 (2012); Biddut K. Sarker*, Edward Cazalas*, Ting-Fung Chung*, Isaac Childres, Igor Jovanovic, and Yong P. Chen, "Position dependent and millimeter-range photo-detection in phototransistors with micron-scale graphene on SiC" (*equal contribution), Nature Nanotechnology 12, 668-674 (2017)
4. Long Yuan, Ting-Fung Chung, Agnieszka Kuc, Yan Wan, Yang Xu, Yong P. Chen, Thomas Heine, Libai Huang, "Photocarrier Generation from Interlayer Charge-Transfer Transitions in WS2-Graphene Heterostructures", Science Advances 4, e1700324 (2018) 
5. Jonghoon Ahn, Zhujing Xu, Jaehoon Bang, Andres E. Llacsahuanga Allcca, Yong P. Chen, and Tongcang Li, "Stable emission and fast optical modulation of quantum emitters in boron nitride nanotubes", Optics Letters 43, 3778 (2018)