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Nanoscale silicon photonics

Primary Investigator/s:
Sharon Weiss

Brief Description of Project:
This project will be tailored to best meet the interests of the student and Professor Weiss' research group. Silicon is the primary material that underlies modern electronics but the photonic capabilities of silicon for applications in datacom and medicine have not been fully explored. Two possible opportunities exist for this project:

(1) Silicon photonic modulators. This research is motivation by the desire to increase data transfer speeds using less power by employing light to carry information instead of electrons. The goal of this research is to examine through simulation and measurement silicon photonic crystals and/or ring resonators with tailored light-matter interaction that have the potential to control the flow of light for future datacom applications.

(2) Silicon-based biosensors. This research is motivated by the need to detect small amounts of material for medical diagnostics, food safety, and homeland security. In this project, nanoscale silicon-based optical structures - with potential integration into smartphones - will be investigated as elements in sensor arrays for the detection of biomolecules in complex media.

Desired Qualifications:
Highly motivated students interested in an interdisciplinary research experience

Nature of Supervision:
Work with Professor Weiss and her research group

A Brief Research Plan (period is for 10 weeks):

  • Lab safety training and learning necessary background for project
  • Training on experimental and computational methods necessary for the project
  • Fabrication, measurements, and analysis
  • Written summary of results and poster preparation

Number of Slots: 1

Contact Information
Sharon Weiss
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Email: sharon.weiss@vanderbilt.edu