Microelectronics and photonics
Microelectronics research investigates semiconductor materials and device physics for developing electronic and photonic devices and integrated circuits with data/energy efficient performance in terms of speed, power consumption, and functionality. Photonics research studies laser devices, detectors, sensors, optical systems, and the effects of quantum mechanics on the behavior of electron and photon interaction.
Current projects include research on MBE and MOCVD ultrathin layer and 3-D material materials; LEDs; LETs; high speed oxide-VCSELs and transistor lasers for petabit data interconnect and communications; silicon photonics; quantum-cascade lasers; terahertz transistor and integrated circuits; detectors; antennas; sensors; MEMs switches; Bio-MEMs; carbon-based devices (graphene and nanotube); excimer laser processes for displays; III-V-based MOSFETs; nanosphere drug delivery; and cell encapsulation.
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Research topics in this discipline
- Microcavity lasers and nanophotonics
- Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)
- Microelectronic and photonic device modeling
- Microwave integrated circuits
- Photonic integrated circuits (PICs)
- Plasma devices and plasma science
- Semiconductor electronic devices
- Semiconductor lasers and photonic devices
- Semiconductor materials
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