About Amir Safavi-Naeini's Work
Our group is developing chip-scale systems and devices that process electromagnetic, optical, and mechanical fields in qualitatively new ways. Silicon chips form the material basis of our current information technologies and comprise the vast majority of electronic circuits. However, electronic signals in transistors are hardly the only physical degrees of freedom available to us. Such electronic circuits are ill-suited for dealing with quantum information – states of a physical system that possess nonclassical correlations and enable vastly more powerful paradigms of computation, communications, and sensing. Moreover, by developing spatial and temporal control over optical fields, we can revolutionize classical sensing, imaging, and communications systems. Our goal is to create ground-breaking new functionality by developing on-chip systems that operate on photons (light), phonons (mechanical motion), as well as the quantum electrical signals from emerging superconducting quantum computers.