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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Optical Physics

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Research Focus:

Optical Physics

Research in optical physics is directed toward developing new optical materials and devices.

Characterization of Materials

We focus on achieving optical characterization of materials such as nanocrystalline metal and semiconductor particles in glass or in organic materials. Experimental measurements gains further understanding of the optical properties of novel materials.

Optical Interconnects

Research in optical interconnects centers on developing and testing polymer and inorganic optical waveguides to address interconnect problems that will arise as computer chips get faster.

Terahertz Pulses

Ultrafast photonics and optoelectronics involve the generation and detection of picosecond and femtosecond electromagnetic pulses. Of particular interest are time-resolved experiments on THz pulses. THz spectroscopy opens up novel opportunities in material characterization and information technology. A current project applies THz pulses for biophotonic imaging. Other projects deal with switching semiconductor devices at THz frequencies.


Shawn-Yu Lin, Peter Persans, John Schroeder, Esther Wertz, Christian Wetzel, Ingrid Wilke, and Masashi Yamaguchi.

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