Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Microelectronics-Photonics (MS)

Degree Level





Julio Gea-Banacloche

Committee Member

Hugh Churchill

Second Committee Member

Matthew Leftwich

Third Committee Member

Morgan Ware


2D Materials, Nanoscience, Photonics, Quantum Information


A novel controlled phase gate for photonic quantum computing is proposed by exploiting the powerful nonlinear optical responses of atomically thin transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) and it is shown that such a gate could elicit a π-rad phase shift in the outgoing electric field only in the case of two incident photons and no other cases. Firstly, the motivation for such a gate is developed and then the implementation of monolayer TMDs is presented as a solution to previous realization challenges. The single-mode case of incident photons upon a TMD is derived and is then used to constrain the more general multimode case, where the probability of producing a nonlinear response is approximated and evaluated for the tuning of various physical parameters within the system. The implications of the variability of these parameters are then discussed.