Shuo Sun obtained his Bachelor of Science in 2011 with a specialization in optics at Zhejiang University in China. He received his M. S. (2015) and Ph.D. (2016) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Maryland, College Park while working with Professor Edo Waks in the area of quantum optics and quantum information. He has been awarded for the grand prize of the Maiman student paper competition (2015) and department distinguished dissertation award (2016) for his pioneering work on experimental demonstrations of a solid-state spin-photon quantum switch. He started as a postdoctoral research scholar at Stanford University in 2017, working with Professor Jelena Vuckovic in the Ginzton Laboratory on defect color center based quantum nanophotonic devices.

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Academic Appointments

  • Phys Sci Res Assoc, Edward L. Ginzton Laboratory

Honors & Awards

  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad, Chinese Government (2016)
  • Distinguished Dissertation Award, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland (2016)
  • Grand Prize of Maiman Outstanding Student Paper Competition, OSA (2015)
  • Chu Kochen Award (highest honor for undergraduate students at Zhejiang University), Zhejiang University (2011)
  • Grand Prize of China Instrument and Control Society Scholarship, China Instrument and Control Society (2011)

Professional Education

  • Master of Science, University of Maryland College Park, Electrical and Computer Engineering (2015)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

My research interest is to develop quantum technology based on nanoscale photonic devices for applications in quantum computation, communication, and sensing.

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All Publications

  • Generation of Tin-Vacancy Centers in Diamond via Shallow Ion Implantation and Subsequent Diamond Overgrowth Nano Letters Rugars, A. E., Lu, H., Dory, C., Sun, S., McQuade, P., Shen, Z., Melosh, N., Vučković, J. 2020; 20 (3): 1614-1619


    Group IV color centers in diamond have garnered great interest for their potential as optically active solid-state spin qubits. The future utilization of such emitters requires the development of precise site-controlled emitter generation techniques that are compatible with high-quality nanophotonic devices. This task is more challenging for color centers with large group IV impurity atoms, which are otherwise promising because of their predicted long spin coherence times without a dilution refrigerator. For example, when applied to the negatively charged tin-vacancy (SnV-) center, conventional site-controlled color center generation methods either damage the diamond surface or yield bulk spectra with unexplained features. Here we demonstrate a novel method to generate site-controlled SnV- centers with clean bulk spectra. We shallowly implant Sn ions through a thin implantation mask and subsequently grow a layer of diamond via chemical vapor deposition. This method can be extended to other color centers and integrated with quantum nanophotonic device fabrication.

    View details for DOI 10.1021/acs.nanolett.9b04495