The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a four-year, $2 million grant to Andrea Alù of the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin to break the conventional ways in which light and acoustic waves propagate.
Associated Research Groups
This area involves research in plasma dynamics, optics, quantum-optic and photonic devices, and plasma processing of semiconductors. Plasma investigations include the design of plasma diagnostics, high-order spectral analysis of plasma waves, and plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. Research in quantum electronics includes optical systems, lasers and laser applications, optical signal processing, optoelectronic devices, and lightwave systems. Investigations include quantum transport studies of double barrier heterostructures, components for very-high-speed communications and computation, and high energy laser applications in materials synthesis and processing.
Together, Prof. Alù and Monticone have established quantitative physical limitations on the performance of cloaking devices, a technology that allows objects to become invisible or undetectable for electromagnetic waves, such as radio waves, microwaves, infrared and visible light.
Prof. Alù received the Mathematics and Physical Sciences-Simons Investigators in Physics award. His work on the manipulation of light in artificial materials and metamaterials has shown how clever designs may surpass what had previously been thought to be limitations on wave propagation in materials.
Prof. Ray Chen was invited to give an invited technology transfer tutorial entitled “Silicon Nanomembranes for Sensing Applications” in the 2016 Optical Society (OSA) Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Technology (CLEO) Transfer Program, which was held in the San Jose Convention Center early June. The talk was a summary of Prof.
Prof. Alù was selected for "Ultralow Power, Ultrafast, Integrated Nano-optoelectronics" from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
Prof. Ray Chen has been awarded a Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) award in Attojoule Nanooptoelectronics.
The award “honors the contributions of one individual, within the first 5-10 years of an independent research career, who has made major impacts on the field of photonics.”
Prof. Belkin was honored for his research achievements in the field of mid-infrared and terahertz photonics.
Texas ECE professor Dr. Mikhail Belkin has been elected to Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). Prof. Belkin was elected for “for seminal contributions to photonics technology, spectroscopy and nonlinear optics in mid-infrared and terahertz spectral range.”
Prof. Andrea Alù has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society for “seminal contributions to electromagnetic theory and applications, nano optics, plasmonics, and metamaterials.”
Francesco Monticone, doctoral student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering has received the Graduate Student Fellowship established by the IEEE Photonics Society for the academic year 2015-2016.
Kayoung Lee and Avinash Nayak, doctoral students at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering, have been awarded the Ben Streetman Prize for the academic year 2014-2015.
Texas ECE undergraduate Ankit Sharma worked on a research project that looks at nanowalls as a potential material for light sensors. Ankit has worked with Prof. Deji Akinwande on a project called “The Optoelectronic Properties of CVD-grown MoS2 Nanowalls.”
Prof. Andrea Alù has been invited to speak at the National Academy of Engineering's 2015 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium taking place September 9-11, 2015 in Irvine, California.
UT ECE graduate student Xingyu Zhang recently received the Best Student Paper Award at the annual Conference of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Photonics West Conference, which was held in San Francisco from February 7-12, 2015.
Ray T. Chen, professor in the school’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and his team, developed a new method and demonstrated a flexible photonic crystal cavity which can be bent to a curvature of 5 mm radius without sacrificing the performance.
UT ECE Graduate Student Xingyu Zhang recently won a Best Student Paper Award at the Organic Photonics + Electronics Symposium, held at the SPIE Optics + Photonics Conference.
Ping-Chun Li, a graduate student researcher in Prof. Edward Yu’s group was recently selected as a recipient of a Material Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Silver Award at the 2014 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco, CA. Ping-Chun Li received his award for his presentation titled "Large-Area, Flexible, Wavelength-Selective Three-Dimensional Optical Metasurface."
UT ECE graduate student Xiaohan Li was awarded the best poster award at the 40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC) held in Denver, CO, June 8-13, 2014.
Prof. Seth Bank has been awarded a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) Award for his work on "Optical characterization of semiconductors and metal-semiconductor nanocomposites."
Prof. Andrea Alù has been named the recipient of the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Optics, from the International Commission of Optics. The awards recognizes Andrea's “ground breaking work in metamaterials and plasmonics, and for the introduction of the concept of scattering-cancellation-based metamaterial cloaking.”
Researchers in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin (UT ECE) have demonstrated the ability to perform nanoscale chemical analysis of molecular films with unprecedented sensitivity by detecting molecular photoexpansion.
UT ECE alumnus Hari Nair and his PhD advsisor Prof. Seth Bank received the best paper award at the 71st Device Research Conference (DRC) for their paper “3.4 µm Diode Lasers Employing Al-Free GaInAsSb/GaSb MQW Active Regions at 20°C.” The DRC is cosponsored by the IEEE Electron Device Society and is one of the two outstanding electronic device conferences.
Hari Nair is currently a postdoc at Cornell University. This is the second best paper award he has received for his work with Prof. Bank.
UT ECE graduate student Francesco Monticone received an IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Doctoral Research Award for his project proposal entitled "Molding the Scattering Response with Metamaterials and Plasmonics."
Prof. Andrea Alu of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has been elected to Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) “for outstanding contributions to the fields of photonic metamaterials, plasmonic phenomena and devices, cloaking and scattering suppression."
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has selected UT ECE assistant professor Zheng Wang as a 2013 Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering. Wang is one of 16 of the nation’s most innovative young scientists and engineers receiving the Packard Fellowship this year. Each Packard fellow will receive a grant of $875,000 over five years to pursue research.
UT ECE graduate student Francesco Monticone and his advisor Prof. Andrea Alu received the Best Student Paper Award at Metamaterials 2013 in Bordeaux, France. The title of Francesco’s paper with Andrea is 'On the Physical Bounds of Cloaking and Invisibility'. Metamaterials 2013 is the most visible international conference in the field of artificial materials and metamaterials, and this year it celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Karun Vijayraghavan, a UT ECE graduate student in Prof. Mikhail Belkin’s group, was recently awarded the outstanding student paper award at the International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves (IRMMW) held in Mainz, Germany. IRMMW is the premier conference for terahertz (THz) science and technology and Karun’s work on THz quantum cascade laser sources was selected as the top paper/presentation amongst 133 doctoral student entries.
ECE graduate students Bei Yu and Jhih-Rong Gao, bothsupervised by Prof. David Pan, were awarded the BACUS Photomask Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or a graduate student in the field of microlithography with an emphasis on optical tooling and/or semiconductor manufacturing technologies. This scholarship is sponsored by BACUS, SPIE's Photomask International Technical Group.
Engineers from Prof. Mikhail Belkin’s group at The University of Texas at Austin in collaboration with Prof. Markus Amann’s group at the Technical University of Munich have demonstrated the first broadly-tunable electrically-pumped semiconductor source of coherent terahertz radiation (or T-rays) that operates at room-temperature.
Until now, the invisibility cloaks put forward by scientists have been bulky devices - an obvious flaw for those interested in Harry Potter-style applications. However, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a cloak that is just micrometers thick and can hide three-dimensional objects from microwaves in their natural environment, in all directions and from all of the observers’ positions.
“The Invisible Man,” H.G. Wells’ 1881 novella, describes invisibility and invisibility cloaking concepts that are currently being explored and discovered at the Cockrell School of Engineering. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering assistant professor Andrea Alú uses Wells’ story as a base for explaining his unique and innovative cloaking technique to make three-dimensional objects invisible. Alú takes “The Invisible Man” approach in his February TedxAustin talk.
By Jinyang Liang
Professor: Michael F. Becker;
Affiliation: Optical Signal Processing Laboratory (OSPLab)
Dr. Seth Bank's research into III-V compound semiconductors could cool down your laptop, increase the capacity and speed of fiber-optics, and make solar cells more efficient. Bank hopes to improve III-V compound semiconductors—used for everything from cell phone transistors to LED's in traffic lights—by embedding semi-metal nanoparticles in them.