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Scientists at Stanford and SLAC have created a silicon chip that can accelerate electrons using an infrared laser to deliver, in less than a hair’s width, the sort of energy boost that takes microwaves many feet.

professor Jelena Vučković
December 10, 2019 | Read full IET Press Release

Professor Jelena Vučković has been awarded the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize. She will develop an on-chip integrated pulsed laser, which will revolutionize photonic technology and the applications that require these lasers, such as medicine, optical communications, quantum computing and self-driving cars.

Illustration by Sarah Rieke

Just beyond the horizon of practicality, researchers are trying to develop a new generation of chips that would control photons as reliably as today’s chips control electrons. Jelena Vuckovic has already devoted some 20 years to this pursuit for a simple reason: Photonic chips could become the basis for light-based quantum computers that could, in theory, break codes and solve certain types of problems beyond the capabilities of any electronic computer.

In recent months the Stanford electrical engineer has created a prototype photonic chip made of diamond. Now, however, in experiments described in Nature Photonics, she and her team demonstrate how to make a light-based chip from a material nearly as hard as diamond but far less exotic — silicon carbide.

"These are early stage but promising results with a material that is already familiar to industry," Vuckovic said.

October 01, 2019 |

Q-FARM is soliciting proposals for topical workshops in any area of quantum science and engineering. Interested organizers should submit a one page proposal with a tentative budget, timeline, and speakers to

Postdocs are welcome to submit workshop proposals. Please be sure to include a letter from one or more faculty endorsing your proposal.

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Congratulations to Q-FARM 2019 Fellowship Awardees

The inaugural recipients of the 2019 Q-FARM student fellowships are

  • Yudan Guo (Physics) is member of Prof. Benjamin Lev’s research group, LevLab. Yudan's research is centered on many-body cavity QED. 

  • Yihui Quek (Applied Physics) is in Prof. Weissman’s Compression group. Her research areas are quantum Shannon theory and near-term quantum algorithms.

The QFARM student fellowships are awarded to advanced graduate students working in quantum science and engineering. Fellowship criteria are excellence in their research, and demonstrated potential for building new links within the Stanford quantum community. Each of the awardees will receive two years of funding.
Please join us in congratulating PhD candidates Yudan Guo and Yihui Quek.


image of Jelena Vuckovic at FiO+LS 2019
September 17, 2019 | Nanophotonic Design, Optimized

Integrated nanophotonics promises a generation of spiffy, miniaturized optical components that could drive new capabilities, in applications from communications to lidar to quantum technology. But getting there requires packing huge optical functionality into a very small footprint—and that has been a formidable challenge in design, fabrication and just plain time.

Graphic depiction of experimental diamond chip
August 26, 2019 | Stanford Engineering

The ability to do this could eventually transform how we process large amounts of information.

July 25, 2019 | Stanford News

Physicists were stunned when two twisted sheets of graphene showed signs of superconductivity. Now Stanford scientists have shown that the wonder material also generates a type of magnetism once only dreamed of theoretically.

July 24, 2019 | Stanford News

A device that eavesdrops on the quantum whispers of atoms could form the basis of a new type of quantum computer.

May 09, 2019 | SLAC

Monika Schleier-Smith and Kent Irwin explain how their projects in quantum information science could help us better understand black holes and dark matter.

May 07, 2019 | Optics & Photonics News

After decades of patient scientific groundwork, the notion of “quantum computing” has, in the past several years, seen a surge in new activity and interest—not only in the lab, but at commercial firms like Google, Microsoft and IBM, and even among the public at large. Spurring that new interest have been successful lab demonstrations of systems and simulations involving multiple quantum bits (qubits) in trapped-ion systems, superconducting circuits and other platforms.

February 08, 2019 | Stanford News

The newly launched Quantum Fundamentals, ARchitecture and Machines initiative will build upon existing strengths in theoretical and experimental quantum science and engineering at Stanford and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

May 02, 2018 | Stanford News

By placing the most magnetic element of the periodic table into a quantum version of a popular desktop toy, Stanford scientists explore the emergence of quantum chaos and thermal equilibrium.