Where Imperfections Lead to Opportunity:
Photonic Defect-Based Devices in SiC

Date: 16 March 2017
Speaker: Professor Evelyn L. Hu


There is often a natural assumption that “perfect form” of a material is required to produce “perfect functioning” of a device, where the function may relate to precision sensing, or the storing or transmission of information. Recently, however, there has been excitement about the performance of defects in crystalline semiconductors such as diamond and SiC. The defects are deviations from perfect, periodic crystalline order, yet can manifest optical emission at a variety of wavelengths, distinctively coupled to long spin coherence times. Thus, such defects can provide a wealth of new opportunities for compact, integrable photonic sources and also serve as promising candidates for quantum information applications. This talk will focus on our use of nanobeam photonic crystal cavities, fabricated from 4H-SiC, which achieved an 80-fold optical enhancement of a Si-vacancy transition with emission at about 860 nanometers. The high quality cavities can serve as exquisitely selective optical amplifiers of defects in SiC, as well as “nanoscopes” into the material, allowing us to learn about the details of an atomic environment.

Speaker Bio

Professor Evelyn L. Hu

Tarr-Coyne Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering
John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard University

Professor Evelyn Hu is the Tarr-Coyne Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard. Prior to Harvard, she was a faculty member at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), in the Departments of Materials, and of Electrical and Computer Engineering. While at UCSB, she also served as the founding Scientifi­c co-Director of the California NanoSystems Institute, a joint initiative between UCSB and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Before joining UCSB, she worked at Bell Labs in both Holmdel and Murray Hill. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Academica Sinica of Taiwan. She is a recipient of an National Science Foundation Distinguished Teaching Fellow Award, an AAAS Lifetime Mentor Award, and holds honorary Doctorates from the University of Glasgow, Heriot-Watt University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the University of Notre Dame.