Anchita Addhya, a graduate student researcher at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME), loves to work with lasers. Fortunately for her, that’s exactly what she gets to do.
Addhya designs nanophotonic and nanoplasmonic structures—ultra-small devices used for controlling light—in the Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility at UChicago’s Eckhardt Research Center. She then brings these devices and characterizes them at her high-tech optical bench in High Lab.
The focus of her current work is building a scalable quantum platform for quantum sensing and quantum communication, which could one day lead to advances like “unhackable” communications using quantum states and ultra-sensitive quantum sensors that detect biological and chemical changes at the molecular level.
She hopes to use quantum engineering to create application-oriented designs and cutting-edge technology.
“I want to see that what I’m making will actually make an impact,” Addhya said.