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Quantum Physics & Optics Lab


Dr. Xuan Luo

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The Quantum Physics and Optics Laboratory provide exciting opportunities for students to pursue research in three research fields: Quantum Computational Physics, Nano Physics and Quantum Optics. In Quantum Computational Physics, students apply the quantum mechanics to the real world materials to design new materials, such as solar cells, fuel cell,  bio-medical, environmental and geological materials. In Nano Physics, students experience hands-on lab works in growing and characterizing the properties of Graphene and Graphene-like based nano-materials by using the in-house instruments. In Quantum Optics, students generate the entangled photon source and set up quantum entanglement related applications. Primary goals of the lab are to engage students in pursuing state-of-art research problems and collaborating with professionals in the field. Pre-requisite is AP Physics C. Computational physics or parallel computing class is preferred for Quantum Computational Physics research projects.


  • Develop new multi-functional micro-electronic chips to substitute traditional Silicon chips, such as opto-electronics, spintronics;
  • Design new solar cell materials, such as Graphene-based solar cells, perovskite-organic solar cells;
  • Adsorption of toxic gas using Graphene-like nanosheets;
  • Manipulation Axonal Alignment Using Functionalized Graphene;
  • The Earth Inner Core phase diagram and atomic and electronic structures;
  • Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) to grow nano-sheets, nano-wire, quantum-dots of new materials, such as Graphene, Silicene, Phorsphorene, MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, WSe2 based new nano materials.                          
  • Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), X-ray spectroscopy to characterize and analyze the atomic structures of the new nano-materials grown by CVD.
  • Generate and characterize entangled photon pairs via spontaneous parametric down-conversion
  • Employ the entangled photon source to optimize the capabilities of current quantum cryptography.


  • High-performance super computers
  • Multi-processor laptops
  • Multi-processor desktops
  • Atomic force microscopes (AFM)
  • X-ray scattering and imaging equipment
  • Chemical Vapor deposition (CVD) and sputter coating capability
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)
  • Scanning electron microscope (SEM)
  • easyScan Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM)
  • Newport Vibration-Isolated Optical Breadboards
  • Single Photon Detectors


  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Carnegie Institution for Science
  • FM Technologies, Inc.
  • Isomet Corporation
  • Loral Fairchild
  • Newport Corporation
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Optical Society of America
  • U.S. Army Night Vision and Electro-Optics Lab



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