Welcome to our research page! This is the most exciting place to start navigating our webpage. It has detailed information on all our scientific endeavors.  Please send Prof. Zubin Jacob an email if you have questions or comments zjacob {at} purdue {dot} edu.
Our research spans two major research areas: Machine Perception at the Shot Noise Limit and Quantum Photonics, Materials & Devices. We take a unique
approach in all our projects. We have theory offices as well as three laboratories (thermal, quantum and spin) in the Birck Nanotechnology Center. Our group uses the Scifres Nanofab facility at Purdue University for materials innovation and device fabrication. Even though our explorations are driven by curiosity, our final goal is real-world technology that can impact society in the short term. Learn more about each of our key research themes by clicking the tiles below.          



Blending Physics, hardware and AI


Beyond the classical limits of imaging



Unravelling quantum systems and interactions


Exploring novel light-matter interactions

You can read a short summary about the various projects over here and take a deeper dive about each sub-topic by navigating through the above menu.

Area 1:
Machine Perception at the Shot Noise Limit

  • Thermal Night Vision
    • Heat-Assisted Detection and Ranging (HADAR)
    • TeX Vision
    • Thermal Voyager
    • Spinning Metasurfaces
  • Space Situational Awareness
    • Quantum Accelerated Imaging
    • Sub-Rayleigh Imaging
    • Quantum Optical Sensing

Area 2: Quantum Photonics, Materials & Devices

  • Quantum Detectors & Sensors
    • Quantum causality
    • Superdephasing in NV centres
    • Atomistic topological electrodynamics
    • Vacuum fluctuations in matter
    • Spin qubits and photonic spin density
  • Photonic Materials and Devices
    • Thermal Photonic Materials
    • Dipole-dipole Interactions in Nanophotonics
    • Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy
    • Extreme materials
    • Topological Optical N-insulators


Here is a summary of our research highlights and a snapshot of the table of contents below.

Go to this link for more information: Research Highlights (2010-2020)

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