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Photonics / Opto-Electronics Program

By bringing together optical and electronic technologies, research in the photonics/opto-electronics program at UCSD is aimed at extending the performance of communication and computing systems, imaging and sensing systems, and energy harvesting systems beyond what have been achieved so far. Photonics is already revolutionizing areas such as the information highway infrastructure, the entertainment and computing industry, and advanced medical imaging and defense systems critical to US global competitiveness. The present research program at UCSD is highly interdisciplinary, involving not only materials scientists and device engineers, but also optical component and system engineers, computer engineers and scientists and network specialists. Many of our research projects are carried out in close collaboration with industrial partners for successful technology transfer. Along with well funded research programs and the strong interest of faculty members, the photonics/opto-electronics program enjoys state-of-the-art facilities for advanced optical characterizations and nano-scale fabrications. Presently the program involves more than 50 Ph.D students and 10 post doctoral researchers.


Affiliated Faculty and Research Areas
Photonics and opto-electronics, including optical interconnects, optical data storage, biophotonics, and cancer nanotechnology.
Nanophotonics; near field optics for chip-scale systems; nanolasers; nonlinear and ultrafast optics on a chip; optofluidics and plasmonics for biosensing and biomedicine.
Optical subsystems design and integration for free space communications, fiber optic switching, advanced imagers, and non-imaging optics for lighting and solar concentration.
Boubacar Kante Experimental and Theoretical Electromagnetic Materials from Microwaves to Optics for Novel Devices with Applications in Energy, Defense, and Health Systems.
Zhaowei Liu                              
Nanophotonics, plasmonics, metamaterials, nanomaterials, novel optical microscopy techniques, bio-imaging and bio-sensing, ultrafast optoelectronics, nanomanufacturing, solar thermal energy.
Theoretical and computational electromagnetics.
Micro/Nano-photonics, silicon photonics and opto-electronics, nonlinear optics, near-field and atomic-force microscopy and lithography, novel optoelectronic materials.
Advanced photonic systems including optical communication systems, optical networking, and environmental and atmospheric remote sensing.
Optical communications, information network infrastructure, optics and photonics.
Compound semiconductor materials for electronic and opto-electronic devices in electronic systems and optical communications.
Microwave photonics, with research on electronic and opto-electronic devices and advanced materials for use in photonic devices.


Emeritus Faculty

Neural networks, goal-directed AI, optical system design, computervision.