The Research Laboratory of Electronics

Director: Yoel Fink | Email | Website

77 Massachusetts Ave. • 36-419 • Cambridge, MA 02139 • (617) 258-6113

The Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) was the first of MIT’s great modern interdepartmental academic research organizations. It is now one of MIT’s largest and most diverse centers of research in both scope and intellectual interests, with annual activities exceeding $45M spanning a broad spectrum of engineering and science at the forefront.

The Laboratory seeks to develop basic understanding and intellectual means to model complex phenomena and to create a foundation for building new high-performance technologies. Toward this end RLE is the host to major research focus areas including the Center for Excitonics, the Center for Ultracold Atoms (CUA), the Center for Integrated Photonic Systems (CIPS), and the W. M. Keck Foundation Center for Extreme Quantum Information Theory (xQIT). Moreover, RLE has a strong emphasis on the role of research in education, providing a home to graduate and postdoctoral training programs such as the Integrated Quantum Information Science and Engineering (iQuISE) Program and RLE’s newest and largest single effort, the Madrid-MIT m+visión Center for biomedical imaging research and education, as well as programs geared to undergraduates such as our Teaching Opportunities in Physical Science (TOPS) program.

RLE researchers come from nine MIT academic departments. Students participate from an even wider range of academic departments and divisions as well. RLE has seven core research themes:

Atomic Physics

In this theme, an extensive range of investigations are carried out in ultracold atoms, quantum condensed gases, and atom optics. New methods are being developed for manipulating and probing Bose-Einstein condensed atomic gases and exploring ultracold interactions and collision dynamics. Additional work focuses on atom lasers, atom interferometry, atom waveguides, surface physics, quantum reflection, many body physics in lower dimensions, plasmas, and electromagnetics.

Information Science and Systems

This theme includes a complete range of activities over all aspects of electronics, including structures, devices, and circuits, analog and digital systems, MEMs and bioMEMs, nanotechnologies, numerical and computational simulation and prototyping, biologically-inspired systems, digital signal processing, advanced telecommunications, medical imaging, and the exploration of fundamental issues in wireless networking and devices.

Quantum Computation and Communication

This area of emphasis features efforts in quantum information processing and transmission, with extensive new initiatives in quantum computation, superconducting circuits and understanding and exploiting quantum teleportation.

Energy, Power, and Electromagnetics

This theme comprises work in excitonics, studies in the absorption and emission of light, solar cells, disordered and low-dimensional materials, complex nanostructures, organic LEDs, nanowires, hybrid organic-inorganic materials, organic structures and devices, power electronics, signal level control circuits and electronics, system identification and control, continuum electromechanics, and high voltage and insulation research.

Photonic Materials Devices and Systems

This theme includes significant efforts in integrated photonic devices, modules and systems for applications in communications and sensing, femtosecond optics, laser technologies, photonic bandgap fibers and devices, materials fabrication, laser medicine and medical imaging, and millimeter-wave and terahertz devices.

Nanoscale Materials, Devices and Systems

This theme comprises research in fabricating surface structures at nano scales, nanomagnetics and microphotonics, periodic structures, superconductive materials, and carbon nanotubes.

Multiscale Bioengineering and Biophysics

This theme encompasses thrusts in bio-inspired electronics and neural prostheses; nano- and micro-technologies for understanding and manipulating biological processes at the cellular and molecular level; imaging and computational modeling of disease and neuro-anatomical processes; and communication biophysics, including language, speech, hearing and haptics.