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Carrie Hofmann

Carrie Hofmann

Associate Director, August 2018 - December 2020

California Institute of Technology

Jae Jin Bang

Jae Jin Bang

Jae Jin is interested in developing spectroscopic and scanning probe-based protocols to investigate physical properties of low dimensional materials with nanoscale spatial resolution for next generation photonic materials.

Postdoctoral Scholar, Nuzzo Group, UIUC

Chitraleema Chakraborty

Chitraleema Chakraborty

Chitraleema is currently studying the influence of applied strain on the electronic and optical properties of two-dimensional materials using tools from optical spectroscopy and first-principles methods.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Narang Group, Harvard

Ben Cotts

Ben Cotts

Ben uses photothermal deflection spectroscopy techniques to further characterize materials' electronic structure with the goal of reducing non-radiative pathways and defects for better energy efficiency.

Postdoctoral Scholar, Salleo Group, Stanford

Jenny Coulter

Jenny Coulter

Jenny studies computational materials physics, with a focus on first principles electron-phonon calculations for predictions of unusual transport and optical behavior in materials including Dirac and Weyl semimetals. 

PhD student, Narang group, Harvard

Milan Delor

Milan Delor

Milan's research focuses on visualizing and controlling the transport properties of energy carriers (charges, excitons, heat and ions) in condensed matter using ultrafast spectroscopy and microscopy.

Postdoctoral Scholar, Ginsberg Group, UC Berkeley

Wenjie Dou

Wenjie Dou

Wenjie is interested in developing stochastic electronic structure theory and non-adiabatic dynamics to treat electron-phonon coupling in condensed phase.

Postdoctoral Scholar, Rabani Group, UC Berkeley

Carissa Eisler

Carissa Eisler

Carissa is currently researching engineering directional luminescence from nanocrystals for advanced photonic thermodynamic systems

Postdoctoral Scholar, Alivisatos Group, UC Berkeley

Michael Enright

Michael Enright

Michael Enright is investigating materials with grey-scale absorbance across the visible region and narrow, NIR photoluminescence for luminescent solar concentrators with high power conversion efficiencies.

Postdoctoral Scholar, Nuzzo Group, UIUC

Stefan Fischer

Stefan Fischer

Stefan is investigating novel core/shell luminescent nanoparticles. His research focuses on the synthesis of different nanoparticles to tailor specific material properties and using in-situ electron microscopy including cathodoluminescence to study properties and interfaces. 

Postdoctoral Scholar, Dionne Group, Stanford

Johannes Flick

Johannes Flick

My research focuses on strong light-matter interactions. To describe these, we use a density-functional theory incorporating quantum effects of the light field & apply a method for strong-coupling of chemical systems in optical cavities, the single-molecule strong-coupling to plasmonic nanocavities, or correlated spectroscopy.

Postdoctoral Scholar, Narang Group, Harvard

Christina Garcia

Christina Garcia

My research focuses on the evaluation of optical properties from first principles and the development of a computational framework to account for optical nonlinearities, with a current emphasis on Weyl semimetals.

PhD Student, Narang Group, Harvard

Burak Guzelturk

Burak Guzelturk

I investigate charge transport in nanostructured materials and how this transport is coupled with the structural degrees of freedoms such as phonons. 

Postdoctoral scholar, Lindenberg Group, Stanford

David Hanifi

David Hanifi

Designed & deployed a spectroscopic technique, Photothermal Threshold Quantum Yield, leveraging non-radiative heat & quantization of light to increased measurement accuracy by over 100x.  He is interested in applying highly sensitive bulk material characterization to highly luminescent thin films.

Research Staff, Alivisatos Group, UC Berkeley

Isaac Harris

Graduate Student, Narang Group, Harvard

Fariah Hayee

Fariah Hayee

Fariah is focusing on quantum emitters in two-dimensional materials; combining electron microscopy with optical characterization techniques to establish correlation between structural attributes and spectral properties of these quantum emitters, with a goal to engineer them in a controlled spectral and spatial precision.

PhD student, Dionne Group, Stanford

Brent Koscher

Brent Koscher

Brent is interested in synthesizing and investigating highly luminescent materials at the nanoscale (i.e. quantum dots), and further exploring applications that become possible with such structures.

PhD Student, Alivisatos Group, UC Berkeley

Ashish Kulkarni

Ashish Kulkarni

Fabrication of liquid crystal based complex birefringent metamaterials with tunable birefringence.  Aligning liquid crystal molecules within the pores of birefringent porous silicon host and tuning the amount of optical gain/loss to control the birefringence so two closely spaced polarizations can be separated orthogonally.

PhD Student, Braun Group, UIUC

Mark Lawrence

Mark Lawrence

Mark explores nonreciprocity and exploiting time asymmetric nonlinear optical processes to design and build nanoscale optical isolators and circulators

Postdoctoral Scholar, Dionne Group, Stanford

Dennis Nenno

Dennis Nenno

Dennis researches the calculation of optical and electronic response properties in topological materials, with interest in incorporating emerging quantum effects in a semi-classical framework to model future devices.

Postdoctoral Scholar, Narang Group, Harvard

Christian Ocier

Christian Ocier

Christian is developing a new class of subsurface optics, including gradient index and geometric lenses, interference-based optical elements, and waveguides. Other interests include developing new nanocomposites with phase change properties and asymmetric optical or magnetic responses.

PhD Student, Braun Group, UIUC

Georgia Papadakis

Georgia Papadakis

My research pertains to near-field radiative heat transfer with nanostructures and metamaterials.

Postdoctoral Scholar, Fan Group, Stanford

Nicholas Rivera

Nicholas Rivera

Nicholas develops ab initio methods to elucidate the physics of ground and excited states in highly correlated electron-photon systems with applications in quantum optics and nanophotonics, with complimentary research on new polaritonic materials for realizing strong light-matter interactions with quantum emitters.

PhD Student (MIT), Narang Group, Harvard

Amr Shaltout

Amr Shaltout

My research interests are in the area of "Active and Ultrafast Nanophotonics", wherein temporally modulated structures are integrated with ultrafast optics to control light with high spatiotemporal precision. Applications include active beam steering, photon acceleration, and non-reciprocal energy transfer.

Postdoctoral Scholar, Brongersma Group, Stanford

Michal

Michal Vadai

Michal developed light-coupled transmission electron microscopy for analysis of high-radiative efficiency nanoparticles and two-dimensional materials.

Postdoctoral Scholar, Dionne Group, Stanford

Jorik van de Groep

Jorik van de Groep

I study resonant light-matter interactions in dielectric and plasmonic nanostructures, with emphasis on exciton resonances in two-dimensional semiconductor materials. 

Research Scientist, Brongersma Group, Stanford

Lutz Waldecker

My research focuses on optical and electronic properties of two-dimensional semiconductors. 

Postdoctoral Scholar, Heinz Group, Stanford

Derek Wang

Derek Wang

Derek is interested in the intersection between quantum chemistry and quantum optics, developing methods for predicting light-matter interactions ab initio.

PhD student, Narang group, Harvard

Arky Yang

Arky studies optoelectronic properties of two-dimensional organic inorganic hybrid lead halide perovskite – transition metal dichalcogenide heterostructure.

PhD student, Atwater Group, Caltech

Bo Zhao

Bo Zhao

Bo is interested in controlling and harvesting far- and near-field thermal radiation using plasmonic nanostructures, photonic crystals, and 2D materials.

Postdoctoral Scholar, Fan Group, Stanford