Distinguished Professorship Lecture by Pallab K. Bhattacharya

Prof. Bhattacharya, Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will present the invited lecture, “From Pigeons to Spin-Polarized Lasers: Transmission of Information Through the Ages” April 4, 2006, from 4-5pm in the Rackham Amphitheater, followed by a reception in the Assembly Hall.

During the last 25 years, Bhattacharya has made outstanding and seminal contributions in the areas of growth and characterization of III-V compound semiconductors and their application to optoelectric devices and optoelectronic integrated circuits. Some of his most important contributions include work on integrated high-speed lasers, self-organized quantum dots, room-temperature quantum dots, quantum dot intersubband detectors, and photonic crystal micro cavities—a field in which he widely is regarded as one of the world's top researchers.

Bhattacharya’s pioneering work led to the creation of the field of nanophotonics, now established worldwide, and he has been widely recognized for his significant contributions to the field. He was selected a 1998-99 Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE-Laser and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS) and delivered talks about his work all over the world. He was received a Guggenheim Fellowship for 1998-99, the IEEE LEOS Engineering Achievement Award in 2000, the IEEE Nicholas Holonyak, Jr. Award in 2002 from the Optical Society of America, and the Int. Quantum Devices Award in 2003 from the Int. Symposium on Compound Semiconductors.

His recent work in silicon photonics is attracting the attention of the chip industry, and he expects that his work in photonic crystal quantum dot devices will be used in very small and highly sensitive nanosensors, as well as find applications in quantum computing.

For additional information on Prof. Bhattacharya’s research, see the recent article that appeared in the Fall/Winter 2005 issue of the EECS Newsletter.