Applied Nanophotonics, Plasmonic Sensors, Liquid Crystal Devices, and Biomedical Optics Lab

Equipment/facility: lab


    Our research is multidisciplinary applied combining optics and photonics, nanotechnology, liquid crystal devices, devices and methods for plasmonic biosensing, quantitative phase imaging and biomedical optical imaging as well as optical metrology applications. Here is a list of the main ongoing projects:
    1. Tunable liquid crystal metamaterials for photonic applications
    2. Smart windows combining nano-micro liquid crystals and VO2 thermochromic surfaces
    3. Spectroscopic solutions using liquid crystals such as fast, high throughput tunable
    filters and fast spectral modulators for computational spectroscopy
    4. Optically addressed spatial light modulators as long wave cameras
    5. Polarization control liquid crystal devices such as tunable achromatic waveplate for low
    coherence phase shift interferometry, polarimetric imaging and spectroscopic
    6. Spectro-polarimetric imaging assisted by liquid crystal devices for skin cancer
    7. Fastest 3D phase imaging interferometric microscope, vibrometer, and focus tracker
    8. Fastest spectroscopic ellipsometer
    9. Plasmonic refractive index biosensors (SPR) with improved performance such as high
    sensitivity, self-referenced, tunable penetration depth, wide dynamic range, and
    application to variety of analytes detection from small molecules, viruses to large
    10. Enhanced spectroscopic techniques such as SEF and SERS with ultrahigh enhancement
    factor and their applications

    Significant equipment:
    The lab contains a 3mx2m clean room area for liquid crystal devices preparation and testing including photoalignment setup with UV source, spin coater, oven and optical microscope as well as cameras and voltage drivers.
    Automated electrooptic testing setups for LC devices exist. We have different plasmonic sensing setups including angular, spectral and phase modes as well as SERS and SEF combined with fluorescence microscope. The lab contains large amount of optomechanical and optoelectronic components, light sources, drivers, detectors, cameras, spectrometers, microscopes and more.


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