The National Science Foundation (NSF) has named ECE assistant professor Luca Dal Negro as the recipient of a 2009 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. Spread over five years, the CAREER Award supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of their institution’s mission.
Dal Negro’s CAREER award supports his project, “Combined Light and Carrier Localization in High-refractive Index Silicon Nanocrystal Structures: a Novel Approach for Si-based Lasers,” which aims to advance nanophotonics by developing a new class of light-emitting devices that will enable unprecedented control and enhancement of certain light-emitting elementary particles. His research aims to enhance electromagnetic fields to the point where the radiation properties of the silicon nanostructures can be changed to efficiently and rapidly emit light for on-chip light emitters and lasers applications.
“We are doing this within fully silicon-based technology,” Dal Negro said. “It’s an exciting project for us, and allows us to take the ultimate advantages of field localization to better engineer the spontaneous and stimulated emission properties of silicon nanostructures.”