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National Science Foundation awards $2 million in photonics funds to University of Rochester

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U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $2,000,000 in federal funding for photonics research at the University of Rochester.

These funds will allow researchers at the University to further investigate challenges in quantum photonics. The funding was allocated through the National Science Foundation (NSF).

This research is aimed at transforming the capacity of information processing for secure communication, metrology, sensing, and advanced computing.

The proposed research is expected to result in a new class of device technologies and will open up new opportunities for the AIM Photonics Center in Rochester.

With this funding, the University of Rochester will also establish and sustain its creative efforts in broadening the participation from underrepresented and economically disadvantageous groups in the field of photonics.

Finally, the University will incorporate educational efforts with the workforce development arm of the AIM Photonics Academy.

The UR project will explore and develop integrated hybrid quantum photonic circuits on a silicon carbide (SiC) platform in order to achieve high-fidelity and energy-efficient quantum information processing that can seamlessly link with existing fiber-optic communication technology.

The ultimate goal is to realize a versatile chip-scale multifunctional integrated hybrid quantum photonic processor that can operate at room temperature and form the fundamental building blocks to construct a scalable integrated quantum photonic interconnect.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions.

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