We develop new methods to tailor the flow of light and study light-matter interaction in nanoscale systems. We utilize techniques in quantum materials engineering, nanophotonics, plasmonics, metamaterials, and quantum optics. This interdisciplinary research involves exploring the fundamental physics of optical processes in emerging solid state materials, developing nanoscale methods to engineer these properties, and then integrating these engineered systems with new optical platforms. Goals of this research include building integrated, controllable quantum-optical networks and realizing ultra-efficient optical communications. The High Lab is part of the University of Chicago Institute for Molecular Engineering, with lab space and offices in the Eckhardt Research Center. In keeping the interdisciplinary mission of the Insititute for Molecular Engineering, we will always look towards applications in energy, water engineering, and bioengineering.

UChicago IME

The Eckhardt Research Center

We are just getting started at Chicago and there are great opportunities to get in on the ground floor! We are looking for motivated and curious undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs to join our lab. If interested, please contact Alex at ahigh@uchicago.edu.

Integrated Quantum Networks

Integrated Quantum Networks

Plasmonics and Metasurfaces

Plasmonics and Metasurfaces

Light-Matter Interaction in 2D Materials

Light-Matter Interaction in 2D Materials