About Peter Thomas Rakich's Work
My research investigates physical phenomena that grant access to phonons—or quantum particles of sound—as the basis for sensitive metrology and new forms of classical and quantum information processing. At low temperatures, phonons have greatly extended coherence times and they exhibit many intriguing properties; phonons can interact strongly with atom-like defect centers, they can be converted into optical photons through nonlinear interactions, and they can be coupled to superconducting circuits to create engineerable quantum acoustic interactions. Using innovative device strategies to shape and harness such photonic interactions, my research group explores phonon-based strategies for precision metrology, information storage, and quantum information processing.
Awards and Achievements
ONR Young Investigator Program Award