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Markus Borsch receives ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for research on lightwave electronics

With his dissertation, Borsch takes on the unknown and enables the future of solid-state quantum electronics.

Mack Kira receives CoE Monroe-Brown Foundation Service Excellence Award

Prof. Kira’s efforts led directly to the establishment of the University of Michigan Quantum Research Institute.

Nextgen computing: Hard-to-move quasiparticles glide up pyramid edges

Computing with a combination of light and chargeless excitons could beat heat losses and more, but excitons need new modes of transport

Shaping the quantum future with lightwave electronics

The semiconductor-compatible technology is a million times faster than existing electronics and could give us access to an entire new world of quantum phenomena.
Michigan Daily: June 12, 2023

U-M to pioneer inter-disciplinary research institute with $55 million investment in Quantum research

Co-chair Mack Kira says that what’s unique about quantum is that “it’s so interdisciplinary, so you have to have multiple stakeholders. You need physicists, engineers, computer scientists, chemists, mathematicians; all of them have to come together to look at the quantum from different points of view and bring something together.”

Inside the Quantum Research Institute

Mack Kira, co-director of the Quantum Research Institute with Steven Cundiff, is taking Michigan’s quantum activities to the next level.
The University Record: May 24, 2023

U-M launches institute to accelerate quantum research, education

To solve global quantum challenges and prepare a next-generation workforce to catalyze new discoveries, the University of Michigan will invest $55 million to launch a multidisciplinary Quantum Research Institute, for which Professors Steven Cundiff and Mackillo Kira will serve as co-directors.

New undergraduate courses prepare students for the Second Quantum Revolution

Quantum information science and engineering is one of the hottest fields in engineering – and ECE wants to make it accessible to everyone.

2023 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards

The EECS Department has honored four faculty for their sustained excellence in instruction and curricular development, distinguished participation in service activities, or for their significant achievements in scholarly research.

Seeing electron movement at fastest speed ever could help unlock next-level quantum computing

New technique could enable processing speeds a million to a billion times faster than today’s computers and spur progress in many-body physics.
Laser Focus World: July 22, 2022

‘Impossible’ unipolar terahertz emitter is another step toward quantum computing

An effectively unipolar terahertz emitter created by Mack Kira and collaborators may provide a way to accelerate conventional computing and process quantum information at room temperature.

Emulating impossible “unipolar” laser pulses paves the way for processing quantum information

Quantum materials emit light as though it were only a positive pulse, rather than a positive-negative oscillation.

Aaditya Hambarde awarded Towner prize for his outstanding contributions as a Graduate Student Instructor

Hambarde is recognized for his tremendous dedication to students and for the creation of new course resources for Introduction to Signals and Systems.

U-M forms collaboration to advance quantum science and technology

The Midwest Quantum Collaboratory studies quantum science and technology.
December 17, 2021

Most Read Featured Articles from 2020-2021

The article “Monolayer GaN excitonic deep ultraviolet light emitting diodes,” co-authored by Profs. Zetian Mi, Mack Kira, and Manos Kioupakis (MSE) was among the most downloaded articles published in Applied Physics Letters from 2020-2021, with 3,364 downloads.
Scientific American: December 11, 2021

In a First, Physicists Glimpse a Quantum Ghost

Mackillo Kira explains the significance of reconstructing a quantum wave function. Kira is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science.

$1.8M to develop room temperature, controllable quantum nanomaterials

The project could pave the way for compact quantum computing and communications as well as efficient UV lamps for sterilization and air purification.

Educating a quantum workforce with QuSTEAM while opening doors to a broad and diverse range of students

Michigan is part of a multi-institution effort to create new flexible courses for undergraduate students interested in being part of the second quantum revolution

Markus Borsch awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support research in quantum engineering

Borsch’s research in light-driven quantum electronics is expected to guide next-generation quantum devices

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors.

The new quantum spurs action by the Michigan Quantum Science & Technology Working Group

The new working group showcased Michigan’s strength in Quantum Science at a workshop attended by researchers throughout the University of Michigan.

Prof. Mackillo Kira Elected OSA Fellow for contributions to quantum optics

Kira was recognized for his pioneering contributions to the theory of semiconductor quantum optics.

Light could make semiconductor computers a million times faster or even go quantum

Electron states in a semiconductor, set and changed with pulses of light, could be the 0 and 1 of future “lightwave” electronics or room-temperature quantum computers.

Ultrashort light pulses for fast “lightwave” computers

Extremely short, configurable “femtosecond” pulses of light demonstrated by an international team could lead to future computers that run up to 100,000 times faster than today’s electronics.

ECE welcomes new faculty

These faculty broaden and deepen ECE’s areas of expertise in robotics, ultra low power circuits, nanophotonics, information theory, and many other areas.