Yu Wins DARPA Director’s Fellowship

Applied Physics Assistant Professor Nanfang Yu is the recipient of the DARPA Director’s Fellowship. The Fellowship is awarded to a few best performers of the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) recipients, and will support Dr. Yu’s research on actively tunable “flat optics”.

With the support of this Fellowship, Dr. Yu will investigate the fundamental physics of strong interactions between light and 2D metamaterials (“metasurfaces”) and explore novel electrically tunable optical materials for applications in active photonic devices. The aim is to demonstrate ultra-thin and ultra-fast spatial light modulators (SLMs) that are able to shape optical wavefronts into complex patterns with high speed.

The outcome of this research could make a profound impact on many technological areas such as navigation and surveillance, remote detection of chemicals, obstacle detection and recognition for autonomous navigation, adaptive optics for telescope, ophthalmology, and biomedical imaging, and virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) glasses.

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