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Paper by Professor Peter Delfyett Makes Front Cover of IEEE JQE August Issue

A paper “A Monolithically Integrated Racetrack Colliding-Pulse Mode-Locked Laser With Pulse-Picking Modulator” by Professor Peter Delfyett‘s Ultrafast Photonics group, in colaboration with Infinera, made the front cover of IEEE JQE August Issue. This work presents a novel InP-based Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) that monolithically integrates a racetrack mode-locked laser with a pulse-picking modulator and an optical amplifier. In addition, monolithic…

Novel Infrared Gradient Refractive Index Materials

In a new article “Monolithic Chalcogenide Optical Nanocomposites Enable Infrared System Innovation: Gradient Refractive Index (GRIN) Optics” published in Advanced Optical Materials, a collaborative team, led by Professor Kathleen A. Richardson (corresponding author) and Dr. Myungkoo Kang (lead author) from the College of Optics and Photonics, reported a first-ever integrated approach to the design-processing-structure-property-performance relationship enabling cutting-edge manufacturing capabilities for…

Professor Shin-Tson Wu’s Paper Selected as Outstanding Paper in 2019 for Light: Science & Applications

Professor Shin-Tson Wu’s paper “Liquid crystal display and organic light-emitting diode display: present status and future perspectives” has been selected as an outstanding paper in 2019 for Nature’s Light: Science & Applications. Recently, ‘Liquid crystal display (LCD) vs. organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display: who wins?’ has become a topic of heated debate. In this review, we perform a…

Mini-LED, Micro-LED, and OLED Displays: Present Status and Future Perspectives

In a new paper “Mini-LED, Micro-LED and OLED displays: present status and future perspectives” published in Light: Science & Application, a team of scientists, led by Professor Shin-Tson Wu from the College of Optics and Photonics, conducted a comprehensive analysis of the performance of emerging display technologies used in smartphones, tablets, desktop monitors, TVs and more. The article…

Infrared Emission Research Gets $2.5 Million Boost from Department of Defense

AUniversity of Central Florida researcher has received a $2.5 million U.S. Department of Defense grant to continue his research to conceal and manipulate the energy that materials emit. The work has implications in creating nighttime camouflage that conceals objects from infrared vision, as well as in methods for anticounterfeiting, tagging and energy management. “Any material…

Professor Miguel Bandres Publishes Paper “Observation of Branched Flow of Light” in Nature

Professor Miguel Bandres et al has published a paper “Observation of branched flow of light” in Nature. “When waves propagate through a weak disordered potential with correlation length larger than the wavelength, they form channels (branches) of enhanced intensity that keep dividing as the waves propagate. This fundamental wave phenomenon is known as branched flow. It was first…

UCF Launches 11 New Graduate Certificates and Tracks in Response to COVID-19

The University of Central Florida has launched 11 new graduate programs in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The programs, which begin in the Fall 2020 semester, offer candidates a short series of courses that were specifically woven together to provide useful tools when facing COVID-19 related-challenges. The certificates, tracks and special topics courses cover…

Professor Peter Delfyett Receives IEEE Photonics Society William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award

Professor Peter Delfyett has been chosen as the recipient of the IEEE Photonics Society William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award for 2020. The William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award was established to recognize an exceptional single scientific contribution which has had a significant impact in the field of lasers and electro-optics in the past ten years. He has been chosen…

UCF’s Butterfly-Inspired Nanotech Makes Natural-Looking Pictures on Digital Screens

UCF researchers have created new technology to display color that uses nanoscale structures inspired by butterflies and other animals. Taking inspiration from nature’s nanotech that creates the stunning color of butterfly wings, a University of Central Florida researcher is creating technology to make extremely low-power, ultra-high-definition displays and screens that are easier on the eyes.…

Graduate Student Tao Zhan Wins 2020 SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

Graduate student Tao Zhan wins 2020 SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship. Winners are selected based on their “prospect for long-term contribution that the granting of an award will make to the field of optics, photonics or related field.”  Kate Medicus, the 2020 Scholarship Committee Chair, noted, “Congratulations to the winners of the SPIE 2020 Education Scholarships! The…

Nobel Laureate Q&A to Follow College of Optics and Photonics’ Commencement

Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland will join UCF College of Optics and Photonics graduates for a live online Q&A session Saturday after their virtual commencement ceremony, and the public is invited to watch. Strickland is renowned as one of the world’s leading pioneers in the field of ultra-fast lasers. Her research with French physicist Gérard Mourou…

Professor Kathleen Richardson Receives American Ceramic Society’s Greaves-Walker Award

Professor Kathleen Richardson has been awarded The American Ceramic Society’s Greaves-Walker Award for 2020. The Greaves-Walker Lifetime Service Award honors a founding member and the first president of the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (NICE); currently, the newly formed Education and Professional Development Council (EPDC). It is presented to an individual who has rendered outstanding service to the…

Reach for the Stars Award Recipients Changing the World

The 2020 UCF Reach for the Stars recipients have conducted research that may change the world we know. From supersonic engines that may someday let us travel from New York to Los Angeles in 30 minutes to protecting our waterways, exploring the new world of attoscience and making education accessible to those with disabilities, they…

UCF Lands $7.5 Million in Grants from Federal Agency

The University of Central Florida is the only university in Florida to be awarded federal 2020 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative grants – and it snagged three of them. The Department of Defense announced the recipients of the 26 awards. For UCF, that means more than $7.5 million over the next five years. Two professors will…

UCF Receives $650,000 for Graduate Scholarships in Optics and Photonics

UCF has received a $325,000 gift from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, to create the SPIE-Glebov Family Optics and Photonics Graduate Scholarship Fund. “Together, we are investing in future generations of optical scientists, because talent does not correlate with the ability to pay for an education.” — Leonid Glebov The gift was…

Dr. David Hagan Named Interim Dean as Dean Saleh Shifts Roles

I am pleased to share that Dr. David Hagan, Pegasus Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs, will serve as interim dean of the College of Optics and Photonics starting Monday, December 23, as Dean Bahaa E. A. Saleh moves to the faculty. In May, Dr. Saleh announced he would step down as dean at…