Dr. Mikhail Belkin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.
He received his B.S. degree in Physics and Mathematics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1998 and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2004. From 2004 to 2008 he worked in Federico Capasso’s group in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, first as a postdoctoral fellow and later as a research associate. He joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 2008. Dr. Belkin is a recipient of the AFOSR Young Investigator Program Award (2009), NSF CAREER Award (2012), and DARPA Young Faculty Award (2012).
His current research interests include the development of compact room-temeprature THz sources, novel quantum cascade lasers designs, giant optical nonlinearities in semiconductor nanostructures, sub-wavelength resolution imaging, and metamaterials in mid-infrared and THz spectral range. Several of the recent publications he co-authored have received considerable media coverage, in particular his work on THz semiconductor laser sources based on intra-cavity difference-frequency generation (see MIT Technology Review, Laser Focus World, Science Daily, and others), a millimeter-sized mid-infrared spectrometer for chem/bio sensing (see MIT Technology Review, Photonics Spectra, Science Daily, and others), and THz quantum cascade lasers with record operating temperatures (see Optics.ORG).