Working at the cutting edge of physics at the nanoscale, Aron Pinczuk and Shalom Wind are developing new ways to access quantum mechanical phenomena by manipulating matter at nanoscale dimensions. One of the areas they are especially interested in is artificial graphene, a material that is now attracting more and more attention because researchers believe it will have more versatile properties than the real thing.
Richard M. Osgood, Eugene Higgins Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and professor emeritus of applied physics, has been awarded the 2015 IEEE Photonics Society Quantum Electronics Award for “seminal contributions to novel laser systems, laser‐surface photochemistry, and integrated linear and nonlinear Si waveguides.” He was presented with the award at the 2015 IEEE Photonics Conference held in Reston, Virginia, in October.
APAM faculty, including Katayun Barmak, Alexander Gaeta, Michal Lipson, Chris Marianetti, Aron Pinczuk, Vincent Quenneville-Bélair, Michael Weinstein, Francesco Volpe, Shalom Wind, Yuan Yang and Nanfang Yu, are featured in the Fall 2015 issue of Columbia Engineering News. (Photos by Eileen Barroso & Jeffrey Schifman)
Nanfang Yu has won the prestigious DARPA Young Faculty Award. The award will provide ~$250k per year up to 3 years to support his work on metasurface-based flat optical modulators. “We are looking to demonstrate a new class of planar optical devices called spatial light modulators that are able to mold optical wavefronts into complex shapes and with fast speed,” Yu says. “I am very pleased to receive this significant recognition, which will advance my lab’s research on ‘flat optics’—using strong interactions between light and 2D-structured materials to control light at will.”
With the right material, batteries might one day store enough solar energy to power cities, and unconventional drugs might quickly be absorbed in the body to fight cancer. Nanotechnology, the science of manipulating atoms and molecules to make materials with new and useful properties, has the potential to change how we get energy, treat disease and more. Prof. Simon Billinge is on a hunt for the next wonder material.