Optics Research

OPTICS RESEARCH
Advanced Communications and Sensing

Utilizing advanced optics, researchers are making strides in advancing communications and sensor technology and developing ultrafast lasers, remote sensors, and miniaturaized circuits.

Lasers Revolutionize Communications
Modulating frequency and amplitude in laser light leads to clear, ultrafast free space communications.

As fiber optic technology continues to advance, it faces challenges from both its physical properties and its use of infrastructure. Dr. Rainer Martini has overcome a number of free space challenges to develop a high-speed communications technology that is not limited by a physical conductor.

Measuring Our Planet's Health
Novel remote sensing capabilities enable scientists to study any ocean environment on-demand using satellites.

Dr. Knut Stamnes works on mathematical tools to monitor oceanic ecosystems via satellite. His proposal to "use and further develop advanced radiative transfer tools for polarized radiation in coupled atmosphere-surface systems" is funded as part of NASA's recently-created program in remote sensing theory for Earth Science.

Advancing Computing Power and Chemical Analysis
Miniaturized circuits and sensors enable next-generation technologies.

A team of faculty and students, led by Dr. Stefan Strauf, appropriated methods from holographic lithography to demonstrate a new approach for scaling up the fabrication of plasmonic nanogap arrays while simultaneously reducing costs and infrastructure.