Dr. Spillane is studying the use of integrated optics technology to create high performance quantum devices. A major focus of his program is to demonstrate high efficiency generation and detection of quantum states of light, which is critical for increasing the utility of quantum optical devices. One emphasis is to reduce the physical size, complexity, and power consumption of quantum optical sources, with the goal of creating a "plug and play" source suitable for both terrestrial and space applications.
He is interested in exploring techniques to create compact, high performance devices for both classical and quantum information processing. Fields of interest include nonlinear optical devices, quantum sensors, microcavity physics and applications, quantum cryptography, RF photonics, optical interconnects, nanotechnology, and biological and chemical sensors.