Matthew Tomes, graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a
prestigious NSF Graduate Research
Fellowship for his research in Brillouin MEMS. Buss works with
Prof. Tal Carmon, professor of EECS and member of the
Center for Ultrafast
Tomes described his research, which focuses on interaction between light and
structure. "These structures are micro-scale resonators fabricated on-chip,"
said Tomes. "Formerly, in interactions with light, structures were treated
as rigid bodies, unaffected by impinging light. Recently, dissipation
reduction due to nano-scale smoothening of devices has allowed entering a
regime where this assumption no longer holds. Light is now able to affect
the motion of macroscopic mechanical devices. Similar to electro optics a
few decades ago, radiation pressure is nowadays reported in more and more
devices with various regimes of operation. We recently reported on using
compression by light to allow photonic-MEMS vibrating at record 11 GHz
rates. We are continuing in investigating new types of radiation pressures
and in using vibrating devices as frequency standards."
The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in
NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines
who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in the U.S.
Posted: April 16, 2010 by
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