The Institute of Optics

Research

Overview

Research Areas Key Areas Faculty Members
Biomedical Optics
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • Cerebral hemodynamics
  • Biosensors
  • Nonlinear optical microscopes
  • Detection and characterization of single viruses
  • Study of transmembrane proteins using single molecule spectroscopy
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Light scattering spectroscopy
  • Confocal microscopy, fluorescence
  • Imaging of gene expression
  • In-vivo imaging
  • Real-time pathology
  • Image restoration
  • Single cell spectroscopy
  • Optical coherence tomography
Andrew Berger
Robert Boyd
Jim Fienup
Tom Foster
Nicholas George
Wayne Knox
Duncan Moore
Jannick Rolland
David Williams
Geunyoung Yoon
Jim Zavislan
Fibers & Optical
Communication
  • Optical fibers
  • Fiber lasers and amplifiers
  • Lightwave system design
  • Multimode fibers
  • Large-mode-area fibers
  • Space division multiplexing
  • All-fiber devices
  • Photonic crystal fibers
  • Slow-light techniques
  • Simulated light scattering
  • Soliton propagation
  • Supercontinuum generation
Govind Agrawal
Robert Boyd
Tom Brown
Nicholas George
Wayne Knox
John Marciante
Image Science &
Systems
  • Quantum imaging
  • Image reconstruction and restoration
  • Wavefront sensing
  • Lensless coherent imaging, phase retrieval
  • Phase-error correction
  • Sparse-aperture and segmented-aperture optical systems
  • Fourier transform spectroscopy
  • Statistical decision and estimation theory
  • Ray-based methods for wave propagation
Miguel Alonso
Robert Boyd
Tom Brown
Jim Fienup
Nicholas George  
Jannick Rolland
Nick Vamivakas
Geunyoung Yoon
Jim Zavislan
Nanooptics & Nanophotonics
  • Light-matter interactions on the subwavelength scale
  • Near-field optical spectroscopy
  • Single molecule studies
  • Nanostructured materials for sensing, absorption, and radiation
Chunlei Guo
Todd Krauss
Qiang Lin
Svetlana Lukishova
Nick Vamivakas 
Nonlinear Optics and Nonlinear Photonics
  • Nonlinear optics of metals
  • Extreme nonlinear optics in intense fields
  • Ultrafast material processing
  • BEC
  • Single photon detection
  • Entanglement
  • Slow light and fast-light
  • Quantum imaging
  • Composite photonic materials
  • Nonlinear optics of liquid crystals
  • Laser beam self-focusing
  • Apodized optics for high power lasers
Govind Agrawal
Nick Bigelow
Robert Boyd
Chunlei Guo
Wayne Knox 
Qiang Lin
Svetlana Lukishova
Xi-Cheng Zhang 
Optical Engineering
& Design
  • Liquid crystal optics
  • Opto-mechanics
  • Tolerancing
  • Optical system analysis
  • Optical metrology and system alignment by phase retrieval
  • Gradient index materials
  • Optimization
  • Nodal aberration theory
  • Freeform optics
  • System assembly
  • Apodized optics for high-power lasers
Julie Bentley
Tom Brown
Jonathan Ellis
Jim Fienup
Stephen Jacobs
Svetlana Lukishova
Duncan Moore
Jannick Rolland
Geunyoung Yoon
Jim Zavislan
Optical Fabrication
& Testing
  • Mechanics and chemistry of polishing
  • Magnetorheological finishing, interferometry
  • Freeform optics
  • Optical instrumentation
  • Scatterometry
  • Metrology
  • Gradient index materials
  • Optomechanics
  • Optical coherence tomography
Miguel Alonso
Julie Bentley
Tom Brown
Jonathan Ellis
Jim Fienup
Stephen Jacobs
Svetlana Lukishova
Duncan Moore
Jannick Rolland
Geunyoung Yoon
Jim Zavislan
Optical Materials
  • Plasmonic materials for light localization and guiding
  • Carbon nanotubes, semiconductors, quantum wells and quantum dots
  • Nanocomposite materials
  • Hydrogels
  • Nanostructured materials
  • Thin films
  • Liquid crystals
  • Gradient index materials
  • Nanocrystals doped with single emitters
  • Rare-earth doped materials
Julie Bentley
Robert Boyd
Tom Brown
Chunlei Guo
Stephen Jacobs
Wayne Knox
Todd Krauss
Svetlana Lukishova
Duncan Moore
Nick Vamivakas
Gary Wicks
Xi-Cheng Zhang
Optics Education
  • Undergraduate conceptual and mathematical understanding of optics, particularly plane waves and polarization
  • R.E. Hopkins Center for Design, Fabrication and Testing
  • Quantum optics
  • Quantum information
  • Nano-optics teaching experiments to students with diverse backgrounds
Andrew Berger
Jannick Rolland
Svetlana Lukishova
Optoelectronics &
Lasers
  • Semiconductor epitaxial structures for lasers
  • Optical detectors
  • High-power semiconductor lasers
  • High-power and high-energy fiber amplifiers
  • Visible fiber lasers
  • Improvement of high-power laser quality
  • Microlasers
Tom Brown
Svetlana Lukishova
John Marciante
Gary Wicks 
Physical Optics
  • Optical system diffractive modelling
  • Phase retrieval
  • Wavefront measurement
  • Theory and measurement of partial coherence and polarization
  • Beams with complex amplitude and polarization distributions
  • Connection between ray and wave models of light
  • Spin and orbital angular momentum of light
  • Properties of strongly focused fields
Miguel Alonso
Tom Brown
Jim Fienup
Nicholas George
Quantum Optics & Quantum Photonics
  • Quantum coherence
  • Quantum noise
  • Dark states
  • Entanglement
  • Quantum control
  • Wave packets
  • Multiphoton processes
  • Cavity QED
  • Nonlinear pulse propagation
  • Quantum information
  • BEC
  • Laser cooling and trapping
  • Photon detection
  • Quantum imaging
  • Single photon sources
Govind Agrawal
Nick Bigelow
Robert Boyd
Joseph Eberly
Qiang Lin
Svetlana Lukishova

Carlos Stroud
Nick Vamivakas 
Ultrafast Optics &
High-Field Sciences
 
  • Supercontinuum generation
  • mode-locked lasers
  • Solitons
  • Ultrafast dynamics in solids
  • Atoms and molecules in strong fields
  • High-energy-density matter
  • Laser plasmas
  • Femtosecond laser abiation
  • Ultrafast lasers
  • Terahertz technology
Govind Agrawal
Jianming Dai
Joseph Eberly
Chunlei Guo
Wayne Knox
Xi-Cheng Zhang
Vision & Ophthalmic Optics
  • Superresolution of retinal images
  • Visual assessment
  • Visual correction
  • Cornea and corneal surface metrology
  • Cellular-resolution corneal imaging
  • Tear-film dynamics imaging
  • Corneal grafts
  • Contact lenses
Jim Fienup
Wayne Knox
Duncan Moore
Jannick Rolland
David Williams
Geunyoung Yoon
Jim Zavislan