Measuring, comparing, and quantifying optical random number generators

Check out our recent invited perspectives article entitled “Recommendations and illustrations for the evaluation of photonic random number generators,” which was published this week in APL Photonics, and featured in an AIP Scilight piece.  We offer a fresh perspective on the rapidly developing technology of optical random number generation, and offer our recommendations for how to measure and extract entropy from optical processes.

Welcome to Nathan Super

Nathan Super joins the lab this summer through the NSF-sponsored TREND program.  Nathan is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Physics at William and Mary College.

Prof. Murphy elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America

Prof. Thomas E. Murphy was named as one of 96 individuals among the newest class of 2017 OSA Fellows, for “sustained contributions to nonlinear, electro-optic, and ultrafast processes in nanoscale materials, integrated photonics, devices, and systems.”  The OSA fellow citation was presented this week at CLEO 2017 in San Jose, CA.

Shaking hands with Prof. Eric Mazur, OSA President, at CLEO 2017

Mon 4/3 @ 3pm: How to Publish in Nature Photonics (David Pile)

On Monday 4/3 at 3:00pm in ERF 1207, Dr. David Pile (Senior Editor, Nature Photonics) will give a seminar about how to publish in Nature Photonics.  Bring your difficult questions!

Amir Ali Ahmadi wins Sloan Foundation Fellowship

Prof. Amir Ali Ahmadi (Princeton) was selected this year as one of only 126 individuals in the US to win an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship. Amir was an undergraduate researcher in our laboratory in 2005, and although he is currently studying operations research and financial engineering, as a Maryland undergraduate student he published a paper in the Journal of Lightwave Technology and presented his work at the Optical Fiber Communications conference.

PRL Editor’s Suggestion: Continuous-Wave Photomixing in Graphene

Our paper entitled “Tunable Ultrafast Thermal Relaxation in Graphene Measured by Continuous-Wave Photomixing” was published this week in Phys. Rev. Lett. and was highlighted as an Editor’s Suggestion. Only about one in six PRL papers are so highlighted, based on work that is judged to be particularly important, interesting, and well written.

Sai Kanth Dacha joins the lab

Welcome to Sai Kanth Dacha, who joined the lab in Spring 2017. Sai received his BTech in Engineering Physics from IIT Madras in 2016, and joined the Physics department at UMD in 2016.

Chaos paper highlighted as Editor’s Pick

Joe Hart’s recently published Chaos paper on chimera and cluster states has been selected as an “Editor’s Pick” by the journal, and is open for free download for a limited time.

Lei Chen, Matt Chin join the group

Welcome to Lei Chen and Matthew Chin who joined the group in the Fall 2016 semester.

Lei received his BS degree from Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China. Lei has also received a selective fellowship from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering.

Matt has been studying graphene and two-dimensional nanoelectronic devices at Army Research Laboratory for years, and will continue to work at ARL while pursuing his PhD at UMD in our group.

Yiğit Aytac joins the group

Welcome to Yiğit Aytac, who joins the group as a postdoctoral research associate. Yiğit recently completed his PhD degree in Physics from the University of Iowa, where he used nonlinear optics and pump-probe methods to study carrier dynamics in superlattices.