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Optics News

12-18-14 The Future of Solar: $1.3M to Advance Organic Photovoltaics

The Department of Energy (DOE) awarded Michigan Engineering Professor Stephen Forrests group a $1.35 million Next Generation Photovoltaics grant earlier this fall, aimed at advancing the practical viability of organic photovoltaics, a carbon-based version of solar technology that promises to radically change the way the suns energy is collected. Forrest is the Paul G. Goebel Professor of Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Physics and the former U-M Vice President of Research.The Department of Energy (DOE) awarded Michigan Engineering Professor Stephen Forrests group a $1.35 million Next Generation Photovoltaics grant earlier this fall, aimed at advancing the practical viability of organic photovoltaics, a carbon-based version of solar technology that promises to radically change the way the suns energy is collected. Forrest is the Paul G. Goebel Professor of Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Physics and the former U-M Vice President of Research.  [More Info]

11-07-14 New Approaches to Solar Cell Technology Featured in Sustainability Hour (Profs. Rand and Guo)

Professors Stephen Rand and Jay Guo delivered presentations for the November Meeting of the North Campus Sustainability Hour on the topic of solar energy and its future. The professors addressed two very different problems the industry faces with current technology.Professors Stephen Rand and Jay Guo delivered presentations for the November Meeting of the North Campus Sustainability Hour on the topic of solar energy and its future. The professors addressed two very different problems the industry faces with current technology.  [More Info]

09-04-14 Prof. Ted Norris Receives Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award

Prof. Norris was recognized for his consistently outstanding achievements in scholarly research, sustained high quality teaching and mentoring of students and junior colleagues, and for his distinguished service to the University and professional community. He will receive the award at a special ceremony October 6, 2014.Prof. Norris was recognized for his consistently outstanding achievements in scholarly research, sustained high quality teaching and mentoring of students and junior colleagues, and for his distinguished service to the University and professional community. He will receive the award at a special ceremony October 6, 2014.  [More Info]

08-19-14 Four New Faculty Join ECE in Fall 2014

ECE is delighted to welcome three outstanding new faculty members to Michigan. These faculty broaden and deepen ECE's areas of expertise in computer vision, communications and information theory, environmental and remote sensing, and laser-plasma interactions.ECE is delighted to welcome three outstanding new faculty members to Michigan. These faculty broaden and deepen ECE's areas of expertise in computer vision, communications and information theory, environmental and remote sensing, and laser-plasma interactions.  [More Info]

06-24-14 New Research Program to Investigate Optical Energy Conversion

ECE is home to a new major research program that aims to provide a better understanding of phenomena driven by the magnetic field component of light. A key long-term goal of this five-year, $7.5M MURI, called the Center for Dynamic Magneto-Optics (DYNAMO), is to investigate the prospects for direct conversion of light to electricity without the thermodynamic losses typical of photovoltaic (solar cell) technology.ECE is home to a new major research program that aims to provide a better understanding of phenomena driven by the magnetic field component of light. A key long-term goal of this five-year, $7.5M MURI, called the Center for Dynamic Magneto-Optics (DYNAMO), is to investigate the prospects for direct conversion of light to electricity without the thermodynamic losses typical of photovoltaic (solar cell) technology.  [More Info]

06-05-14 A new way to make laser-like beams using 250x less power

With precarious particles called polaritons that straddle the worlds of light and matter, ECE researchers have demonstrated a new, practical and potentially more efficient way to make a coherent laser-like beam. They have made what's believed to be the first room-temperature polariton laser that is fueled by electrical current as opposed to light.With precarious particles called polaritons that straddle the worlds of light and matter, ECE researchers have demonstrated a new, practical and potentially more efficient way to make a coherent laser-like beam. They have made what's believed to be the first room-temperature polariton laser that is fueled by electrical current as opposed to light.  [More Info]

05-22-14 Small, Simple Terahertz Detector Converts The Pulses To Sound

"Terahertz waves, which are non-ionizing and can penetrate fabrics and body tissue, could be used to reveal hidden weapons and spot skin cancer and tooth decay. But they are notoriously difficult to detect. Engineers at the University of Michigan have invented a simple new way to sense them.""Terahertz waves, which are non-ionizing and can penetrate fabrics and body tissue, could be used to reveal hidden weapons and spot skin cancer and tooth decay. But they are notoriously difficult to detect. Engineers at the University of Michigan have invented a simple new way to sense them."  [More Info]

05-20-14 Terahertz Detectors Go Handheld

"Today terahertz detectors are commonplace in airports, where you enter a glass-walled chamber while the detector swings around you, snooping under your clothes for weapons. Now researchers have found a way to downsize the detector portion of those machines into chip-sized devices.""Today terahertz detectors are commonplace in airports, where you enter a glass-walled chamber while the detector swings around you, snooping under your clothes for weapons. Now researchers have found a way to downsize the detector portion of those machines into chip-sized devices."  [More Info]

05-19-14 T-ray converts light to sound for weapons detection, medical imaging

A research team led by Profs. Jay Guo and Ted Norris created a device that turns terahertz waves (T-rays) into ultrasound, which can then be detected by a highly sensitive acoustic sensor. Applications for T-rays include weapons detection, medical imaging, and astronomy.A research team led by Profs. Jay Guo and Ted Norris created a device that turns terahertz waves (T-rays) into ultrasound, which can then be detected by a highly sensitive acoustic sensor. Applications for T-rays include weapons detection, medical imaging, and astronomy.  [More Info]

03-18-14 Thermal Vision: Graphene light detector first to span infrared spectrum

The first room-temperature light detector that can sense the full infrared (IR) spectrum has the potential to put heat vision technology into a contact lens. IR vision allows us to see in the dark, monitor blood flow, identify chemicals in the environment, and even peer under layers of paint.The first room-temperature light detector that can sense the full infrared (IR) spectrum has the potential to put heat vision technology into a contact lens. IR vision allows us to see in the dark, monitor blood flow, identify chemicals in the environment, and even peer under layers of paint.  [More Info]

02-19-14 What are quantum computers going to do for us?

Prof. Duncan Steel, a leading expert in quantum computer technology, describes how these computers work, and what their implications are for cyber security.Prof. Duncan Steel, a leading expert in quantum computer technology, describes how these computers work, and what their implications are for cyber security.  [More Info]

12-11-13 Anatoly Maksimchuk Elected Fellow of APS

Dr. Anatoly Maksimchuk, ECE Research Scientist and a leader in the High Field Science research group at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS), was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society "for major contributions to the understanding of short pulse high intensity laser-plasma interactions, in particular for innovative experimental work in electron and ion acceleration and radiation generation."Dr. Anatoly Maksimchuk, ECE Research Scientist and a leader in the High Field Science research group at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS), was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society "for major contributions to the understanding of short pulse high intensity laser-plasma interactions, in particular for innovative experimental work in electron and ion acceleration and radiation generation."  [More Info]

10-30-13 Kyu Hyun Kim Receives Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Award

Kyu Hyun Kim, Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering, received an Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition award at the 2013 OSA Frontiers in Optics conference for his work in microfluidic optomechanics. Potential applications of this research range from ultrasound mapping of a single living cell to fundamental quantum optomechanical experiments with superfluids.Kyu Hyun Kim, Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering, received an Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition award at the 2013 OSA Frontiers in Optics conference for his work in microfluidic optomechanics. Potential applications of this research range from ultrasound mapping of a single living cell to fundamental quantum optomechanical experiments with superfluids.  [More Info]

08-21-13 Cheng Zhang Awarded SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

Cheng Zheng, a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering, has been awarded an Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) to advance his research in the areas of nanophotonics and nanofabrication. His work could impact next-generation displays as well as biomedical imaging.Cheng Zheng, a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering, has been awarded an Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) to advance his research in the areas of nanophotonics and nanofabrication. His work could impact next-generation displays as well as biomedical imaging.  [More Info]

06-25-13 New laser shows what substances are made of; could be new eyes for military

A new laser that can show what objects are made of could help military aircraft identify hidden dangers such as weapons arsenals far below. "For the defense and intelligence communities, this could add a new set of eyes," said Prof. Mohammed Islam. A new laser that can show what objects are made of could help military aircraft identify hidden dangers such as weapons arsenals far below. "For the defense and intelligence communities, this could add a new set of eyes," said Prof. Mohammed Islam.  [More Info]

05-15-13 A new laser paradigm: An electrically injected polariton laser

Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya and his group have demonstrated a paradigm-shifting polariton laser that's fueled not by light, but by electricity. Prof. Bhattacharya calls the device, which was first suggested in 1996, truly transformative. The device requires at least 1,000 times less energy to operate than a conventional laser.Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya and his group have demonstrated a paradigm-shifting polariton laser that's fueled not by light, but by electricity. Prof. Bhattacharya calls the device, which was first suggested in 1996, truly transformative. The device requires at least 1,000 times less energy to operate than a conventional laser.  [More Info]

05-06-13 Carmon: Nature Photonics - View from... 2013 Photonics West: Solid Cooling

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04-12-13 A better single-photon emitter for quantum cryptography

A silicon-based single-photon emitter developed by Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya and his group is simpler and more efficient than those currently available, and can be made using traditional semiconductor processing techniques.A silicon-based single-photon emitter developed by Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya and his group is simpler and more efficient than those currently available, and can be made using traditional semiconductor processing techniques.  [More Info]

04-12-13 Jarrahi: National Science Foundation - Better Than X-rays

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02-26-13 Scientific Milestone: A room temperature Bose-Einstein condensate

Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya and a team of researchers have created and directly observed what they believe to be a near-equilibrium room temperature Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). A BEC is an unusual state of matter in which a group of boson particles can exist in a single quantum state, giving scientists the rare opportunity to directly observe novel quantum phenomena.Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya and a team of researchers have created and directly observed what they believe to be a near-equilibrium room temperature Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). A BEC is an unusual state of matter in which a group of boson particles can exist in a single quantum state, giving scientists the rare opportunity to directly observe novel quantum phenomena.  [More Info]

02-05-13 A new laser to ID distant materials night and day

Can large-output lasers be used to identify materials at long distances? Prof. Mohammed Islam is working to create lasers that can identify items that are more than a kilometer away. Watch the video to learn more.Can large-output lasers be used to identify materials at long distances? Prof. Mohammed Islam is working to create lasers that can identify items that are more than a kilometer away. Watch the video to learn more.  [More Info]

01-29-13 Zhaohui Zhong Receives CAREER Award for Research in Graphene-based Optoelectronics

Prof. Zhaohui Zhong, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently awarded an NSF CAREER award for his research project, "Graphene Heterostructures Based Hot Carrier Optoelectronics."Prof. Zhaohui Zhong, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently awarded an NSF CAREER award for his research project, "Graphene Heterostructures Based Hot Carrier Optoelectronics."  [More Info]

01-17-13 Using HERCULES to probe the interior of dense plasmas

For the first time, researchers probed the interior of highly dense plasmas using the world's most intense tabletop laser called HERCULES, located in the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS). Scientists are now able to study very dense plasmas, which has important implications for nuclear fusion energy and astrophysical research.For the first time, researchers probed the interior of highly dense plasmas using the world's most intense tabletop laser called HERCULES, located in the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS). Scientists are now able to study very dense plasmas, which has important implications for nuclear fusion energy and astrophysical research.  [More Info]

01-09-13 Arbor Photonics acquired by nLIGHT

Arbor Photonics, co-founded in 2007 by Prof. Almantas Galvanauskas, was recently acquired by nLIGHT, a semiconductor laser maker. Prof. Galvanauskas, who will be on their technical board, "pioneered the development of a proprietary technology it calls Chirally-Coupled Core (3C)." The technology "is said to enable state-of-the-art high-power fiber lasers with peak powers of up to 100 kW." [Optics.org article]Arbor Photonics, co-founded in 2007 by Prof. Almantas Galvanauskas, was recently acquired by nLIGHT, a semiconductor laser maker. Prof. Galvanauskas, who will be on their technical board, "pioneered the development of a proprietary technology it calls Chirally-Coupled Core (3C)." The technology "is said to enable state-of-the-art high-power fiber lasers with peak powers of up to 100 kW." [Optics.org article]  [More Info]

12-05-12 Most exciting optics research in the past year

Prof. Tal Carmon and his group showed that light can be used to cool objects at the range between atomic and device scale through spontaneous brillouin cooling. This surprising discovery has been recognized as among the most exciting peer-reviewed optics research of the past year by Optics and Photonics News. See the summary in the December issue, and the U-M Press Release describing the work.

03-13-12 A new way to cool materials with light

New research that has come out of Prof. Tal Carmon's research group provides the first experimental evidence of an acoustical density wave in a solid using Brillouin scattering. This research overturns scientists understanding of how light and sound interact in the process called Brillouin scattering.New research that has come out of Prof. Tal Carmon's research group provides the first experimental evidence of an acoustical density wave in a solid using Brillouin scattering. This research overturns scientists understanding of how light and sound interact in the process called Brillouin scattering.  [More Info]

11-30-11 A smarter way to make ultraviolet light beams

ECE faculty Mona Jarrahi and Tal Carmon, and graduate students Jeremy Moore and Matthew Tomes have found a better way to build a compact ultraviolet light source with low power consumption that could improve information storage, microscopy and chemical analysis.ECE faculty Mona Jarrahi and Tal Carmon, and graduate students Jeremy Moore and Matthew Tomes have found a better way to build a compact ultraviolet light source with low power consumption that could improve information storage, microscopy and chemical analysis.  [More Info]

11-22-11 Celebrating the Birth of a New Science

On October 26, 2011, close to 500 participants packed the Michigan League Ballroom for a symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the birth of Nonlinear Optics. Applications of nonlinear optics range from fiber-optic communications to biological imaging and homeland security.On October 26, 2011, close to 500 participants packed the Michigan League Ballroom for a symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the birth of Nonlinear Optics. Applications of nonlinear optics range from fiber-optic communications to biological imaging and homeland security.  [More Info]

09-29-11 Heather Ferguson Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Heather is a first year electrical engineering graduate student, and plans to conduct research in the area of optical science.Heather is a first year electrical engineering graduate student, and plans to conduct research in the area of optical science.  [More Info]

09-09-11 New NSF Center for Photonic and Multiscale Nanomaterials

Prof. Ted Norris will direct the new $13M Center that will develop high-tech materials that manipulate light in new ways, leading to advances in invisibility cloaks, nanoscale lasers, efficient lighting, and quantum computers.Prof. Ted Norris will direct the new $13M Center that will develop high-tech materials that manipulate light in new ways, leading to advances in invisibility cloaks, nanoscale lasers, efficient lighting, and quantum computers.  [More Info]

08-30-11 New laser could treat acne with telecom technology

A laser developed by Prof. Mohammed Islam is designed to melt fat without burning surrounding tissue. It could potentially be used to treat acne.A laser developed by Prof. Mohammed Islam is designed to melt fat without burning surrounding tissue. It could potentially be used to treat acne.  [More Info]

08-11-11 Nonlinear Optics at 50: A Symposium

As the birthplace of nonlinear optics, Michigan is proud to host a one-day symposium on October 26th which will bring together some of the pioneers in the field and showcase the current state of the art in nonlinear optics.As the birthplace of nonlinear optics, Michigan is proud to host a one-day symposium on October 26th which will bring together some of the pioneers in the field and showcase the current state of the art in nonlinear optics.  [More Info]

07-26-11 Carmon: Nature Communications - Stimulated optomechanical excitation of surface acoustic waves in a microdevice

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07-21-11 Rand: Green Tech World - University of Michigan Researchers Create Solar Power without Solar Cells

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04-14-11 Solar power without solar cells: A hidden magnetic effect of light could make it possible

A dramatic and surprising magnetic effect of light discovered by Prof. Stephen Rand's group could lead to solar power without traditional semiconductor-based solar cells.A dramatic and surprising magnetic effect of light discovered by Prof. Stephen Rand's group could lead to solar power without traditional semiconductor-based solar cells.  [More Info]

04-07-11 Prof. Grbic Receives USNC/URSI Booker Fellowship

This triennial award is presented to a U.S. scientist for outstanding contributions to radio science by the U.S Nat. Committee for the Int. Union of Radio Science.This triennial award is presented to a U.S. scientist for outstanding contributions to radio science by the U.S Nat. Committee for the Int. Union of Radio Science.  [More Info]

03-08-11 Engineers rebuilding Liberias universities and infrastructure

USAID is funding a 5 yr, $18.5M effort to rebuild Liberia after 15 years of civil war. Leading the engineering effort at U-M is Prof. Herb Winful.USAID is funding a 5 yr, $18.5M effort to rebuild Liberia after 15 years of civil war. Leading the engineering effort at U-M is Prof. Herb Winful.  [More Info]

03-07-11 Galvanauskas: Crains Detroit Business - Arbor Photonics seeks spinoff success with more powerful lasers

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03-07-11 Winful: RTI Int - RTI International to Strengthen Liberian Workforce Through New Project in Higher Education

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03-01-11 Ted Norris Honored with Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award

Prof. Ted Norris, Director of CUOS and the Optics and Photonics Lab, received this honor for sustained efforts sustained efforts as advisor, teacher, advocate, sponsor, and role model to doctoral students.Prof. Ted Norris, Director of CUOS and the Optics and Photonics Lab, received this honor for sustained efforts sustained efforts as advisor, teacher, advocate, sponsor, and role model to doctoral students.  [More Info]

12-10-10 Nees-Mourou: Popular Science - Making Something From Nothing: Researchers Find That Matter Can Be Conjured from a Vacuum

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12-09-10 Theoretical breakthrough: Generating matter and antimatter from the vacuum

The HERCULES laser in the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science will help test the mathematically proven theory developed by Dr. Igor Sokolov, with John Nees, Natalia Naumova, and Prof. Emeritus Gerard Mourou that matter can be created out of nothing. [Press Release]

10-25-10 Islam: Scientific American - Laser Tag

  
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10-25-10 Norris: Nature Photonics - Ultrafast Rabi flopping and coherent pulse propagation in a quantum cascade laser

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09-07-10 Islam: Wired - Army Turns to Lasers for Copter Defense

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09-07-10 Islam: Scientific American - Lased and Confused: Off-the-Shelf Infrared Lasers Could Ward Off Missile Attacks on Military Helicopters

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09-01-10 Laser-based missile defense for helicopters

Mohammed Islam and his company, Omni Sciences, are developing mid-infrared supercontinuum lasers to protect helicopters in combat, among other applications.Mohammed Islam and his company, Omni Sciences, are developing mid-infrared supercontinuum lasers to protect helicopters in combat, among other applications.  [More Info]

08-30-10 New work resolves long-standing question about short pulses in Quantum Cascade Lasers

An important step in understanding longstanding questions about the behavior of short pulses in Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs) has been reported by Prof. Ted Norris and colleagues in the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science.An important step in understanding longstanding questions about the behavior of short pulses in Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs) has been reported by Prof. Ted Norris and colleagues in the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science.  [More Info]

07-01-10 Holography and the Laser

An article in the July, 8, 2010 issue of Optics & Photonics News describes the critical role played by Emmett Leith and Juris Upatnieks (shown left)at U-M's Willow Run Laboratory in the development of modern holography, as well as the role of technology, in the form of lasers, to its ultimate success.An article in the July, 8, 2010 issue of Optics & Photonics News describes the critical role played by Emmett Leith and Juris Upatnieks (shown left)at U-M's Willow Run Laboratory in the development of modern holography, as well as the role of technology, in the form of lasers, to its ultimate success.  [More Info]

06-29-10 Lectures on Light: New Book by Prof. Steve Rand

This new book by Prof. Rand, "Lectures on Light: Nonlinear and Quantum Optics using the Density Matrix," attempts to bridge the gap between introductory quantum mechanics and the research front of modern optics and scientific fields that make use of light.This new book by Prof. Rand, "Lectures on Light: Nonlinear and Quantum Optics using the Density Matrix," attempts to bridge the gap between introductory quantum mechanics and the research front of modern optics and scientific fields that make use of light.  [More Info]

06-25-10 Forrest: Nature Photonics-Room-temperature polariton lasing

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06-22-10 Organic Laser Breakthrough

Prof. Stephen Forrest achieves long-sought-after optics phenomenon that could lead to more efficient and flexible lasers for telecommunications and quantum computing applications.Prof. Stephen Forrest achieves long-sought-after optics phenomenon that could lead to more efficient and flexible lasers for telecommunications and quantum computing applications.  [More Info]

06-03-10 WIMS-CUOS: WWJ 950 - Four U-M Projects Named to NSF 'Sensational 60' List

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06-03-10 WIMS and CUOS Among 60 Years of Sensational Research by NSF

The research that came out of the Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems and the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science have been recognized in the recent National Science Foundation publication, NSF Sensational 60.The research that came out of the Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems and the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science have been recognized in the recent National Science Foundation publication, NSF Sensational 60.  [More Info]

05-25-10 Carmon: Science - Putting Light's Touch to Work as Optics Meets Mechanics

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05-11-10 Eric Tkacyk Named Fulbright Fellow and Whitaker Scholar

Eric Tkaczyk has been awarded two prestigious fellowships to develop a portable and affordable cataract assessment technology in Estonia.Eric Tkaczyk has been awarded two prestigious fellowships to develop a portable and affordable cataract assessment technology in Estonia.  [More Info]

04-17-10 Matt Tomes Receives NSF Fellowship for Research in Optics

Matthew Tomes, graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his research in Brillouin MEMS.Matthew Tomes, graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his research in Brillouin MEMS.  [More Info]

02-26-10 Duncan Steel Honored with Graduate Student Mentor Award

Duncan Steel, Robert J. Hiller Professor, received a 2010 Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award for his efforts as advisor, teacher, advocate, sponsor, and role model to doctoral students.Duncan Steel, Robert J. Hiller Professor, received a 2010 Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award for his efforts as advisor, teacher, advocate, sponsor, and role model to doctoral students.  [More Info]

11-24-09 Tal Carmon Receives Young Investigator Award for Research in Lasers and Optics

Prof. Carmon received a prestigious AFOSR YIP award for his research project entitled, "Continuous On-Chip Extreme UV Emitter."Prof. Carmon received a prestigious AFOSR YIP award for his research project entitled, "Continuous On-Chip Extreme UV Emitter."  [More Info]

11-12-09 Duncan Steel will Advance Quantum Information Processes in New MURI

The work of Duncan Steel, Robert J. Hiller Professor of Engineering, may lead to a reconfigurable quantum optical circuit to connect different quantum platforms.The work of Duncan Steel, Robert J. Hiller Professor of Engineering, may lead to a reconfigurable quantum optical circuit to connect different quantum platforms.  [More Info]

10-06-09 Prof. Duncan Steel Awarded 2010 APS Frank Isakson Prize

"For seminal contributions to nonlinear optical spectroscopy and coherent control of semiconductor heterostructures.""For seminal contributions to nonlinear optical spectroscopy and coherent control of semiconductor heterostructures."  [More Info]

09-10-09 Steel: Michigan scientists working on super-fast, secure computing

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07-08-09 Lasers can lengthen quantum bit memory by 1,000 times

Through an unexpected discovery, Prof. Duncan Steel and collaborators on the research say their work proves that one of the major hurdles to quantum computers that was previously thought to be a show-stopper, isn't one.Through an unexpected discovery, Prof. Duncan Steel and collaborators on the research say their work proves that one of the major hurdles to quantum computers that was previously thought to be a show-stopper, isn't one.  [More Info]

05-12-09 UARTS 250 (Creative Process): One of the Universitys Most Intriguing Classes

A new course is emphasizing the creative process found in Art, Architecture, Engineering and Music, all found on North Campus at the University of Michigan. Read Prof. Winful's tips for the creative engineer.A new course is emphasizing the creative process found in Art, Architecture, Engineering and Music, all found on North Campus at the University of Michigan. Read Prof. Winful's tips for the creative engineer.  [More Info]

12-01-08 Quantum computing breakthrough (Duncan Steel)

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08-29-08 Fast quantum computer building block created

Through the use of lasers, Prof. Duncan Steel and colleagues have demonstrated the fastest quantum computer bit that exploits the main advantage of the qubit over the conventional bit. Results will be reported in Nature Physics. [Nature Physics online]Through the use of lasers, Prof. Duncan Steel and colleagues have demonstrated the fastest quantum computer bit that exploits the main advantage of the qubit over the conventional bit. Results will be reported in Nature Physics. [Nature Physics online]  [More Info]

02-18-08 High-tech device uses rays to unveil hidden artwork

A form of radiation called "T-rays" may help uncover murals hidden beneath coats of plaster or paint in old buildings, say engineering researchers in the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science. [U-M Press Release]

02-18-08 Michigan laser beam believed to set record for intensity

HERCULES, a titanium-sapphire laser that takes up several rooms at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, reaches new record-setting beam measuring 20 billion trillion watts per square centimeter. [U-M Press Release]
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12-06-07 Karl Krushelnick Named Fellow of American Physical Society

Prof. Karl Krushelnick, professor of Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences, and EECS, was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society. [Read more...]

11-27-07 U-M Invests in EECS startup: Arbor Photonics

Arbor Photonics is a company that possesses a stellar team built around a disruptive, proprietary technology that meets a clear market need, said Thomas Porter, director of the student-managed venture capital fund that recently invested in the company. Professor of Optics and Arbor Photonics' chief science officer Almantas Galvanauskas developed a novel scalable optical fiber technology that promises to supplant more expensive and bulkier laser systems. [U-M Press Release]



11-15-07 Nicole Campbell Named 2007 National GEM Consortium Most Promising Ph.D. Fellow

Nicole Campbell, the 2007 Radiation and Climate Carl Storm Research Fellow, has recently been named the 2007 National GEM Consortium Most Promising Ph.D. Fellow. Working with Prof. Mahta Moghaddam, Ms. Campbell is conducting research on a Foliage Camouflage Target(F-CaT)Identification model. The award is based on this research, as well as her climate physics research conducted at Pacific Northwest National Labs. [Read more...]

08-21-07 Breakthrough in Quantum Computing

Prof. Duncan Steel, the Robert J. Hiller Professor of Engineering, describes a breakthrough on the road to achieving quantum computing in Science . These optically driven quantum computers are being developed to create encryption codes that would be impenetrable by classical computers. The Science article is titled "Coherent Optical Spectroscopy of a Strongly Driven Quantum Dot."
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09-07-06 Prof. Herbert Winful resolves longstanding physics paradox

Prof. Herbert Winful, professor of optical sciences, recently presented a paper at the Slow and Fast Light Conference in Washington, DC, that described why particles seem to travel faster than the speed of light when passing through a barrier, but not when they travel through empty space. This seeming paradox has remained unresolved since 1932, when the phenomenon was first discovered.
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