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Dr. Waks' research interests include studying the application of photonic crystals to quantum information processing, as well as the use of photonic crystals for practical tools in optical telecommunication and sensing. His research interests also include:
- Quantum networking
- Quantum repeaters
- Entanglement in photons and atoms
- Secure quantum cryptography protocols
- Quantum computation
- Semiconductor qubit implementations
- Cluster states in cavity-dipole systems
- Linear optical quantum computation
- Nanophotonic devices
- Photonic crystal cavities and waveguides
- Semiconductor light emitters (e.g., quantum dots, diamond color centers)
- Integrated optical processors
- Cavity quantum electroduynamics (CQED)
- Quantum control of dipole and cavity field
- Generation and characterization of nonclalssical fields
- Nonlinear optics
- Practical applications of quantum devices in optical telecommunication and sensing
Professor Waks received a B.S. and M.S.E. in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland in 1995 and 1996, respectively. He received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 2003 under Professor Yoshihisa Yamamoto in the field of quantum optics and quantum information. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Ginzton Laboratory of Stanford University with Professor Jelena Vuckovic on the application of nanophotonic structures, such as quantum dots and photonic crystals, to quantum information processing.
Professor Waks is the winner of the Department of Central Intelligence Postdoctoral Fellowship Award sponsored by the Army Research and Development Activity, a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship (1996-1999), the William Huggins Award for Outstanding Achievement in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University (1995), the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (2009), the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (2010), the DARPA Young Faculty Award (2011), and the Clark School Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award (2014).
Professor Waks was named a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (2016).
Professor Waks is a member of Tau Beta Pi and the Optical Society of America.