Skip to content


The Northrop Grumman Institute of Optical Nanomaterials and Nanophotonics (NG-ION2) is a thematic research collaboration between Northrop Grumman Basic Research group and the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering.  It is focused on the development of the next generation optical materials and their application in photonic devices and architectures.  The institute architecture and environment facilitates interactions between Northrop Grumman technical staff and the participating USC researchers, thereby accelerating the research efforts at both institutions.

NG-ION2 is tackling the complex challenges limiting the use of advanced materials in integrated photonics. By creating an adaptable multi-disciplinary team, our goal is to address the key barriers in the innovation pathway; namely, the translation of novel materials into devices and the scale-up of devices into systems-level architectures, which frequently requires modifying the initial material.

In addition to the research projects, the Institute coordinates and organizes several complementary activities, including on-site seminars and on-line mini-courses by participating faculty.

Information about the specific research projects currently underway and the team members is located on the associated pages. New project ideas are routinely evaluated for relevance to the Institute’s mission.  If you are interested in joining, please contact the Institute’s Co-Director at USC.