Our group conducts experiments at both the University of Calgary and NRC-NINT in Edmonton. This dual lab arrangement allows close collaboration with quantum optics research groups in Calgary, and nanotechnology researchers at NINT and the University of Alberta.

University of Calgary (IQST) lab

Newly renovated. This lab houses apparatus for nanophotonic device characterization, and cryogenic spectroscopy of single quantum emitters. Key tools include nanopositioning systems for tapered fiber probing of nanophotonic devices, confocal microscopy and spectroscopy systems, and tunable diode lasers. This lab is also home to a fiber taper pulling apparatus which is shared with other IQST groups, including Alex Lvovsky's quantum optics and atomic physics group.

NINT lab

NINT is the newest major NRC-Canada research center (building completed in 2006), and hosts nanotechnology groups with expertise in microscopy, low temperature physics, nanomechanics, sensing, biophysics, biology, and chemistry. NINT is located on the University of Alberta campus, and is connected to the University of Alberta nanofab, which contains several electron beam lithography tools (RAITH), as well as etching and deposition facilities. NINT also has its own cleanroom facilities, with plasma etching (Oxford Plasmalab 100 ICP-RIE), nanoimprint lithography, and thin film deposition tools (LPCVD). These nanofabrication tools are a key resource for our group.

Our NINT lab will is equipped with a fiber taper nanophotonic device probing station, tunable lasers, and electronics necessary for measuring nanomechanical effects in optical devices. We are currently collaborating with NINT researchers Mark Freeman and John Davis on experiments studying interactions between superconducting and optical nanostructures.

Simulation/computation tools

We are heavy users of finite element and finite difference time domain (FDTD) simulation tools for photonic devices, as well as stochastic differential equation solvers for quantum optics systems. These tools can be optimized to take advantage of both parallel computing clusters (for time domain simulations), and muticore machines with large amounts of local memory (for eigenvalue problems involving matrix inversions). We have a small cluster of high performance computing machines, and access to shared computing facilities such as Westgrid.