Mona Jarrahi Receives ARO Young Investigator Award

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Prof. Mona Jarrahi has been selected to receive a 2012 Young Investigator Award from the Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Program for the project, "Fundamental Properties and Capabilities of Plasmonic Antennas for Efficient Interaction with Nanoelectronics."

"The objective of the proposed research," explains Prof. Jarrahi, "is to conduct fundamental studies on unique properties of plasmonic antennas to mitigate efficiency degradation of conventional antennas interacting with nanoelectronics at terahertz and optical frequencies. Towards this goal, we plan to identify plasmonic antennas that can efficiently mediate interactions between electromagnetic waves and nano-scale devices, which enable the ultra-short carrier transport times required for operation at terahertz frequencies."

Prof. Jarrahi is director of the Terahertz Electronics Laboratory, which involves analytical and experimental studies on the use of new materials and device concepts to mitigate performance limitations of existing terahertz and millimeter-wave devices. Her research team works on the development of novel high-performance terahertz sources, detectors, reconfigurable meta-films, spectrometers, and imaging systems that leverage photonic, plasmonic, and MEMS concepts. They employ the developed terahertz device technologies for terahertz applications in medical imaging, stand-off chemical detection, biological analysis and atmospheric studies.

Prof. Jarrahi is the recipient of numerous awards, including the NSF CAREER Award, the DARPA Young Faculty Award, the ONR Young Faculty Award, Robert Bosch FMA fellowship, and best-paper awards at the International Microwave Symposium. She received her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and joined Michigan as a faculty member in 2008.


May 30, 2012

Catharine June
EECS/ECE Communications Coordinator
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