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Optical grating scatterometry
Last Updated Date: 11/28/2014

This program aims to develop standards, methods, and modeling for assessing the periodic structures using optical reflectance and transmittance … more

Optical scattering from surfaces
Last Updated Date: 11/28/2014

We study how material properties, surface topography, and contaminants affect the distribution of light scattered from surfaces. Our aim is to … more

Diffraction effects in radiometry
Last Updated Date: 11/28/2014

We want to quantify the breakdown of geometrical optics when computing the throughput of optical systems for the purpose of calculating … more

Nano-Structured Optics and Optical Surface Metrology
Last Updated Date: 09/30/2014

Aspheric, free-form, and nano-structured surfaces are indispensable in high-performance optical systems. The ability to accurately manufacture … more

Molecular Imaging
Last Updated Date: 07/01/2014

Biophotonics is at the intersection of photonics and biology where light is used to image, detect, and manipulate biological materials. This … more

Quantum Physics Theory
Last Updated Date: 04/29/2014

Theoretical work relevant to the determination of values of the fundamental constants, tests of bound-state quantum electrodynamics (QED), and … more

Optoelectrical Characterization of Nanostructured Photovoltaic Materials and Devices
Last Updated Date: 03/24/2014

Photovoltaics technology is usually categorized into three generations: 1) devices based on polysilicon; 2) devices based on thin-film direct … more

Frequency Conversion Interfaces for Photonic Quantum Systems
Last Updated Date: 07/02/2013

Optical frequency conversion, in which the color of light is changed, is a process that has numerous applications in physics and technology.  For … more

Nanoplasmonics and Three-Dimensional Plasmonic Metamaterials
Last Updated Date: 06/28/2013

Metamaterials are tailor-made photonic composites--combinations of materials designed to achieve optical properties not seen in nature. The … more

Surface Plasmon Resonance Imaging of Cells and Extracellular Matrix Proteins
Last Updated Date: 10/10/2012

A critical challenge in cell biology is imaging and quantifying the interactions of cells with their extracellular matrix (ECM) environment, and … more

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