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Research

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Research AreasKey AreasFaculty Members
Biomedical Optics
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • Cerebral hemodynamics
  • Biosensors
  • Nonlinear optical microscopes
  • Detection and characterization of single viruses
  • Study of transmembrane proteins using single molecule spectroscopy
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Light scattering spectroscopy
  • Confocal microscopy, fluorescence
  • Imaging of gene expression
  • In-vivo imaging
  • Real-time pathology
  • Image restoration
  • Single cell spectroscopy
  • Optical coherence tomography

Andrew Berger
Robert Boyd
Jaime Cardenas
Jim Fienup
Tom Foster
Wayne Knox
Duncan Moore
William Renninger
Jannick Rolland
David Williams
Geunyoung Yoon
Jim Zavislan

Fibers and Optical Communication
  • Optical fibers
  • Fiber lasers and amplifiers
  • Lightwave system design
  • Multimode fibers
  • Large-mode-area fibers
  • Space division multiplexing
  • All-fiber devices
  • Photonic crystal fibers
  • Slow-light techniques
  • Simulated light scattering
  • Soliton propagation
  • Supercontinuum generation

Govind Agrawal
Robert Boyd
Tom Brown 
Wayne Knox
John Marciante
William Renninger

History of Optics and Photonics

Svetlana Lukishova

Image Science and Systems
  • Quantum imaging
  • Image reconstruction and restoration
  • Wavefront sensing
  • Lensless coherent imaging, phase retrieval
  • Phase-error correction
  • Sparse-aperture and segmented-aperture optical systems
  • Fourier transform spectroscopy
  • Statistical decision and estimation theory
  • Ray-based methods for wave propagation
Miguel Alonso
Robert Boyd
Tom Brown
Jim Fienup
Jannick Rolland
Nick Vamivakas
Geunyoung Yoon
Jim Zavislan
Nanooptics and Nanophotonics
  • Light-matter interactions on the subwavelength scale
  • Near-field optical spectroscopy
  • Single molecule studies
  • Nanostructured materials for sensing, absorption, and radiation
  • Nanophotonics and nanoplasmonics for single-photon sources

Jaime Cardenas
Chunlei Guo

Todd Krauss
Qiang Lin
Svetlana Lukishova
William Renninger
Nick Vamivakas

Nonlinear Optics and Nonlinear Photonics
  • Nonlinear optics of metals
  • Extreme nonlinear optics in intense fields
  • Ultrafast material processing
  • BEC
  • Single photon detection
  • Entanglement
  • Slow light and fast-light
  • Quantum imaging
  • Composite photonic materials
  • Nonlinear optics of liquid crystals
  • Laser beam self-focusing

Govind Agrawal
Nick Bigelow
Robert Boyd
Jaime Cardenas
Chunlei Guo
Wayne Knox 
Qiang Lin
Svetlana Lukishova
William Renninger
Xi-Cheng Zhang

Optical Engineering and Design
  • Liquid crystal optics
  • Opto-mechanics
  • Tolerancing
  • Optical system analysis
  • Optical metrology and system alignment by phase retrieval
  • Gradient index materials
  • Optimization
  • Nodal aberration theory
  • Freeform optics
  • System assembly
  • Apodized optics for high-power lasers
Julie Bentley
Tom Brown
Jonathan Ellis
Jim Fienup
Svetlana Lukishova
Duncan Moore
Jannick Rolland
Geunyoung Yoon
Jim Zavislan
Optical Fabrication and Testing
  • Mechanics and chemistry of polishing
  • Magnetorheological finishing, interferometry
  • Freeform optics
  • Optical instrumentation
  • Scatterometry
  • Metrology
  • Gradient index materials
  • Optomechanics
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Apodized optics for high power lasers
Miguel Alonso
Julie Bentley
Tom Brown
Jonathan Ellis
Jim Fienup
Svetlana Lukishova
Duncan Moore
Jannick Rolland
Geunyoung Yoon
Jim Zavislan
Optical Materials
  • Plasmonic materials for light localization and guiding
  • Carbon nanotubes, semiconductors, quantum wells and quantum dots
  • Nanocomposite materials
  • Hydrogels
  • Nanostructured materials
  • Thin films
  • Liquid crystals
  • Gradient index materials
  • Nanocrystals doped with single emitters
  • Rare-earth doped materials
Julie Bentley
Robert Boyd
Tom Brown
Jaime Cardenas
Chunlei Guo
Wayne Knox
Todd Krauss
Svetlana Lukishova
Duncan Moore
Nick Vamivakas
Gary Wicks
Xi-Cheng Zhang
Optics Education
  • Undergraduate conceptual and mathematical understanding of optics, particularly plane waves and polarization
  • R.E. Hopkins Center for Design, Fabrication and Testing
  • Quantum optics
  • Quantum information
  • Quantum and nano-optics teaching experiments to students with diverse backgrounds
Andrew Berger
Svetlana Lukishova
Jannick Rolland
Optoelectronics and Lasers
  • Semiconductor epitaxial structures for lasers
  • Optical detectors
  • High-power semiconductor lasers
  • High-power and high-energy fiber amplifiers
  • Visible fiber lasers
  • Improvement of high-power laser beam quality
  • Microlasers

Tom Brown
Jaime Cardenas
Svetlana Lukishova
John Marciante
William Renninger
Gary Wicks

Physical Optics
  • Optical system diffractive modelling
  • Phase retrieval
  • Wavefront measurement
  • Theory and measurement of partial coherence and polarization
  • Beams with complex amplitude and polarization distributions
  • Connection between ray and wave models of light
  • Spin and orbital angular momentum of light
  • Properties of strongly focused fields

Miguel Alonso
Tom Brown
Jim Fienup
William Renninger

Quantum Optics and Quantum Photonics
  • Quantum coherence
  • Quantum noise
  • Dark states
  • Entanglement
  • Quantum control
  • Wave packets
  • Multiphoton processes
  • Cavity QED
  • Nonlinear pulse propagation
  • Quantum information
  • BEC
  • Laser cooling and trapping
  • Photon detection
  • Quantum imaging
  • Single photon sources
  • Optomechanics

Govind Agrawal
Nick Bigelow
Robert Boyd
Joseph Eberly
Qiang Lin
Svetlana Lukishova
William Renninger
Carlos Stroud
Nick Vamivakas 

 

Ultrafast Optics and High-Field Sciences
  • Supercontinuum generation
  • mode-locked lasers
  • Solitons
  • Ultrafast dynamics in solids
  • Atoms and molecules in strong fields
  • High-energy-density matter
  • Laser plasmas
  • Femtosecond laser abiation
  • Ultrafast lasers
  • Terahertz technology

Govind Agrawal
Joseph Eberly
Chunlei Guo
Wayne Knox
William Renninger
Xi-Cheng Zhang

Vision and Ophthalmic Optics
  • In-vivo retinal phototoxicity study
  • High-resolution photopigment densitometry
  • Ganglion cell function
  • Optical micromachining
  • Advanced physiological optics laboratory
  • Superresolution of retinal images
  • Visual assessment
  • Visual correction
  • Cornea and corneal surface metrology
  • Cellular-resolution corneal imaging
  • Tear-film dynamics imaging
  • Corneal grafts
  • Contact lenses
Jim Fienup
Wayne Knox
Duncan Moore
Jannick Rolland
David Williams
Geunyoung Yoon
Jim Zavislan