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.

Congratulations to Ryan and Ting!


Congratulations to Drs. Ryan Suess and Ting Xie, who were graduated in the Clark School’s commencement yesterday!

Mehdi Jadidi wins ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship Award

Mehdi Jadidi was selected as one of this year’s recipients of the 2016 ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship Award.  This $3,000 fellowship is intended to recognize the outstanding work Mehdi has done towards his dissertation, “Graphene Plasmonics for Tunable Terahertz Optoelectronics”

Ryan Suess defends Ph.D. Thesis

Congratulations to Dr. Ryan Suess, who successfully defended his thesis, entitled “Nonlinear Optics and Carrier Dynamics in Nanostructured and Two-Dimensional Materials”

Ting Xie defends Ph.D. thesis

Congratulations to Ting Xie, who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Engineering thin films of magnetic alloys and semiconductor oxides at the nanoscale”.

Mo Li (UNM) to give LPS seminar on Wednesday 2/24

Prof. Mo Li (UNM) will give the LPS seminar entitled “Optomechanics, 2D Materials and Spintronics Integrated with Silicon Photonics” on Wednesday 2/24 at 3:00pm.

Chris Fritz and Dillan Chang complete TREND summer REU program

Congratulations to undergraduate students Chris Fritz (Dickinson) and Dillan Chang (Cornell), who concluded their 10-week research program with our laboratory, and presented their work at the annual TREND fair on August 7.

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Chris spent the summer investigating whether we could use a time-delayed electrooptic feedback loop to produce an electrical “frequency comb“, a nonlinear system of interacting frequency modes. He successfully built and programmed a high-speed time-delayed feedback loop, using lasers, modulators, and a field-programmable gate array that exhibited three different interacting frequency modes.

Dillan studied the phenomenon of synchronization between coupled optoelectronic systems, in the presence of shot noise. He built a time-delayed feedback system that incorporates a photon counting detector, and experimentally measured the extent to which two coupled systems can synchronize. His work was recognized with the Best Overall Project award, among all of this year’s TREND participants.

Aaron Hagerstrom defends Ph.D.

aaron-150x150Congratulations to Aaron Hagerstrom, who successfully defended his dissertation! Aaron’s research during the past 5 years has been featured so far in Nature Physics, Nature Communications and PNAS.