Professor Miller’s group performs research on the use of optics in switching and interconnection systems as well as exploring the fundamental limits for optics in interconnections. Particular areas of interest are quantum well and nanophotonic optics and optoelectronics. Miller’s group has developed, in collaboration with Harris’s group, new high speed reflective modulators based on Ge quantum wells that are compatible with Si substrates. This provides a pathway to the achievement of monolithically integrated Si chips that combine CMOS electronics with high performance optical interconnects.
Nanoscale electronic and photonic materials and devices, Guiding and manipulation of light in metal-optic structures, Optical properties of semiconductor nanocrystals, Optical sensors for bio-applications. Fundamentals of ion beam modification
Professor Fan’s group performs research on the theory and simulation of photonic solid state materials and devices for telecom and information technology applications. Particular areas of interest include photonic bandgap materials, nanoscale photonic devices and metamaterials. The Fan group is exploring the use of dynamic photonic structures for the storage of light for data buffering applications and modeling magneto-optic materials for storage applications. Dr. Fan’s group has collaborated with the Solgaard group on tunable filters based upon photonic bandgap crystals. In collaboration with the Kahn group, they are exploring the use of adaptive optics to achieve high data rate transmission in multi-mode fibers. Dr. Fan’s group is also exploring the use of dynamic photonic structures for stopping, storage, and time reversal of light for packet buffering in all optical switches.
Professor Hesselink’s group focuses its research on fundamental processes related to laser-matter interaction with novel applications in telecom technology. Hesselink’s group is investigating fundamental materials processes in electro-optic media for manipulation of the index of refraction and modification of the interaction between waves and grating structures for WDM switching applications. They have also pioneered the development of digital holographic data storage systems. Currently, Dr. Hesselink’s group is exploring ultra dense optical storage on phase change and magneto-optic materials using near field recording through efficient nano-sized apertures.
The Moerner lab specializes in the detection, spectroscopy, imaging, and trapping of individual fluorescent molecules in a range of environments, from liquids to polymers to living cells. By following single molecules, no ensemble averaging is necessary, and specific biological processes can be examined, one at a time. Current work involves trapping of biomolecules in solution with the ABEL trap without optical forces or tweezers, explorations of bacterial cell regulatory proteins and how their localization patterns control development, molecular chaperonins assisting protein folding, and novel single-molecule fluorophores.
Professor Solgaard’s group focuses on optical micromechanical devices and applications. Particular areas of interest are optical networks, optical switches, photonic crystals, optical MEMS and fabrication technology for microoptical devices and systems. In telecommunications, the Solgaard group develop wavelength selective switching networks, and collaborate with Professor Fan’s group on the design of tunable filters based on photonic bandgap crystals with MEMS actuators.
Professor Vuckovic’s group performs experimental and theoretical research in nanoscale and quantum photonics. Particular areas of interest are photonic crystal devices and integration, solid state photonic quantum information technologies, and associated nanofabrication technology. Vuckovic’s group recently developed ultra-fast photonic crystal nanolasers with 100 GHz response, and quantum dot-photonic crystal cavity single photon sources for quantum cryptography. In collaboration with the Miller and Harris groups, Dr. Vuckovic’s group works on silicon-based lasers.