About cosmos

This COSMOS cluster will highlight light-based technologies that we encounter in our daily lives: CD and DVD discs, fiberoptic communications, advanced displays, lasers for medical and industrial applications, and others. For each of these technological wonders, we will study the component parts, the underlying physics, the mathematical analysis that supports design, and the career opportunities they make possible. We will also examine new technologies from the developing field of nanophotonics. You will have several labs to show you how different physical theories in optics work and you can choose one of projects you are interested in to complete some devices.


Charles Tu

Charles Tu is a Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering. He joined the UCSD faculty in 1988, and served as associate dean of the Jacobs School from 2004-2013, after serving from 1999 to 2003 as chair of the ECE department. Tu's research interests include novel III-V compound semiconductor heterostructures and nanostructures for electronic, optoelectronic and photovoltaic devices. He was a distinguished member of AT&T Bell Laboratories technical staff from 1980 to 1988. He earned his Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University in 1978 and his B.Sc. (Hon.) in Physics from McGill University in 1971. He has authored or co-authored more than 390 refereed technical journal papers. Tu is a Fellow of the IEEE, the American Physical Society, and the AVS Science and Technology Society. He was Engineering Educator of the Year in San Diego County in 2006, the recipient of Taiwan's Pan Wen-Yuan Foundation Outstanding Research Award in 2009, and the recipient of the North American MBE Innovator Award in 2011. Dr. Tu is also the director of the UCSD COSMOS program.

Peter Ilinykh

Peter Ilinykh joined UCSD in 2001. He runs the Photonics Lab for undergraduate students. He develops laboratory experiments for optics and photonics classes offered by Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Jacobs School. He received his Ph.D. from Moscow Physics and Technology Institute, Russia in 1993. His specialty is in area of holography, photorefractivity, and laser applications.


Rui La

Rui La is a fourth-year PhD student in Program of Materials Science and Engineering at the UCSD. He finished his master degree in Materials Science in University of Florida in 2012 and his B.S. in Materials Science from University of Science and Technology, Beijing in 2010. Rui's research interests include III-V compound semiconductor nanowires and thin films for electronic, optoelectronic and photovoltaic devices. He was a cluster assistant last year and was in charge of dye sensitized solar cell projects. He is willing to help students with any questions related to electronic materials and devices.

Sushant Kumar

Sushant Kumar is a first year Masters student with the Department of Electrical Engineering at UCSD. He finished his undergraduate degree in Electrical engineering with a focus in photonics and circuits at University of California, San Diego in 2016. Areas of interest include photonics, electromagnetism, circuits, device physics and quantum physics based analysis of photonic systems. Field of research includes study of photonic devices for multidisciplinary applications including communications, medicine and mapping.

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