Sunil Mittal

Assistant Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Research Focus

Quantum photonics, topological photonics, nonlinear photonics, two-dimensional materials


Sunil Mittal joined Northeastern University in August 2021, in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park. Thereafter, he continued at Maryland as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Joint Quantum Institute. He also holds Master’s degrees in Physics and Optoelectronics, and spent two years in industry working on optical telecommunication products. His research interests span quantum and nonlinear photonics, topological and non-Hermitian physics, and two-dimensional materials.


  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, 2014

Research Overview

Quantum photonics, topological photonics, nonlinear photonics, two-dimensional materials

Quantum Photonics Lab

Research focus on Topological Photonics and Quantum Photonics.

Quantum Photonics Lab

Selected Publications

  • S. Mittal, G. Moille, K. Srinivasan, Y. K. Chembo, M. Hafezi, ‘Topological frequency combs and nested temporal solitons”, Nature Physics, 17, 1169-1176 (2021).
  • S. Mittal*, V. V. Orre*, E. Goldschmidt, M. Hafezi, ‘Tunable quantum interference using a topological source of indistinguishable photon pairs’, Nature Photonics, 15, 542-548 (2021).
  • S. Mittal, V. V. Orre, G. Zhu, M. Gorlach, A. Poddubny, M. Hafezi, ‘Photonic quadrupole topological phases’, Nature Photonics, 13, 692-696 (2019).
  • S. Mittal, E. Goldschmidt, M. Hafezi, ‘A topological source of quantum light’, Nature, 561, 502-506 (2018).
  • S. Mittal, S. Ganeshan, J. Fan, A. Vaezi, M. Hafezi, ‘Measurement of topological invariants in a 2D photonic system’, Nature Photonics, 10, 180-183 (2016).


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Sunil Mittal


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