Optical Materials

optical materials

The study of optical materials has expanded greatly in recent years. Today, when we speak of optical materials we almost invariably are referring to optoelectronic uses. Research in optoelectronics at Penn State ranges across the sciences, from medical diagnostics to information technology to power generation and molecular electronics. Topics under investigation include: the optoelectronic phenomena of single crystals and molecules; the reflective, refractive, absorptive and emissive behavior of the surfaces and interfaces of both inorganic and organic molecular systems; and the quantum and spintronic behavior of atoms and electrons.

Scientific breakthroughs in optoelectronics at Penn State include: novel materials that exhibit refractive properties opposite those predicted by established theories of optics; the creation of "near-perfect" lenses for the ultra-precise transmission of optical information; and a breakthrough method for growing semiconductor material inside an optical fiber.

 

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James Adair
James Adair
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering and Pharmacology
(814) 863-6047
Roman Engel-Herbert
  • Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Physics
(814) 867-4325
venkat gopalan
Venkatraman Gopalan
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Physics
  • Associate Director, Center for Optical Technologies
(814) 865-2910
John Mauro
John Mauro
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
(814) 865-2130
Dr. Gary L. Messing
Gary Messing
  • Distinguished Professor of Ceramic Science and Engineering
(814) 865-2262
Joan Redwing
Joan Redwing
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering and Electrical Engineering
  • Associate Director, Materials Research Institute
(814) 865-8665
Joshua Robinson
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
(814) 863-8567