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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2018 can be found here.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

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Project:  Nanoscale Photonics and Quantum Optics
Disciplines:  Electrical Engineering, Physics
Mentor:  Marko Loncar, Tiantsai Lin Professor of Electrical Engineering, (EAS),, Phone: 617-495-5798
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
AO Contact:  Dr. Michael J. Burek,
Background:  NOTE: This project is being offered by a Caltech alumnus and will be conducted at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

An undergraduate in the Laboratory for Nanoscale Optics is needed to work with a team of senior graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the area of experimental nanophotonics.

He or she will be involved with the development of a chip-scale integrated optics platform in synthetic single-crystal diamond or lithium niobate substrates. The research project will be focused on various aspects of a novel nanophotonics platform, including the design, fabrication, and characterization of on-chip waveguides and optical cavities. Applications of this work range from quantum optics and magnetometry with diamond color centers, to non-linear optics and signal processing with lithium niobate.
Description:  The work will include statistical design of experiments and conceptualizing and leading the development of new processes to integrate these devices into existing cryogenic set-ups operating at liquid helium temperatures (~ 4K). Throughout the summer, the student will work on all aspects of the project: including computer simulations, nanofabrication in Harvard University's shared cleanroom facility (Center for Nanoscale Systems,, construction of custom optical characterization set-ups, and finally measurements of working devices. Novel results will be considered for publication in scientific journals and presentation at related conferences, as appropriate.
References:  Interested students can find more information about the Laboratory of Nanoscale Optics and Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the links below:
Student Requirements:  Prospective candidates are pursuing a Bachelor's degree in engineering, physics, materials science, or chemistry, and have a special interest towards quantum science and technology, solid-state electronics and optoelectronics, and nanoscale photonics. Exposure to quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, solid state physics and electronic devices in previous academic terms is strongly desired.

Previous experience working in research and development and/or in an experimental laboratory is not required, but strongly preferred.

Experience working in a fast paced, results driven environment is high desirable, as well as the ability to demonstrate effective laboratory skills, analytical skills, presentation skills, and the ability to work both individually and as part of a team. Previous authorship or co-authorship of publications is not required.

Experience with LabVIEW, MatLab, COMSOL Multiphysics and general computer programming is also high desirable.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

Click on a program name for program info and application requirements.

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