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Photonics Professor Catherine Klapperich Named Dorf-Ebner Distinguished Faculty Fellow

April 4th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Photonics Center Associate Professor Catherine Klapperich has been named the first Dorf-Ebner Distinguished Faculty Fellow.  To read the full article in the College of Engineering news, click here.

Photonics Professor Xue Han Received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

January 23rd, 2014 in Uncategorized

Photonics Center Assistant Professor Xue Han has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the White House.  Professor Han develops high-precision genetic, molecular, optical, and electrical tools and other nanotechnologies that study the brain’s ultrafast neural pathways.  Her research could be used to create new drugs and other therapeutic approaches for a variety of illnesses.  To read the full article in BU Today, click here.

BU Photonics Center to Host Annual Symposium on December 5, 2013

November 21st, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Boston University Photonics Center will be hosting the 17th annual Photonics Center Sympsoium on December 5, 2013.  This year’s symposium, chaired by Professor Xin Zhang, is focused on innovations at the intersections of micro/nanofabrication technology, biology, and biomedicine.  Visit the symposium website, here.

BU Photonics Center to Host Annual Symposium on December 5, 2013

October 28th, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Boston University Photonics Center will be hosting the 17th annual Photonics Center Sympsoium on December 5, 2013.  This year’s symposium, chaired by Professor Xin Zhang, is focused on innovations at the intersections of micro/nanofabrication technology, biology, and biomedicine.  Visit the symposium website, here.

Paper by Photonics Center Members Highlighted in Science

February 6th, 2012 in Uncategorized

A recent journal paper by H. Tao, E.A. Kadlec, A.C. Strikwerda, K. Fan, W.J. Padilla, R.D. Averitt, E.A. Shaner, and X. Zhang, entitled “Microwave and Terahertz Wave Sensing with Metamaterials” and published in Optics Express, has been highlighted by the editors of Science magazine.

See the note in Science here.

Department Descriptions

August 22nd, 2011 in Uncategorized

Click here to read descriptions of the departments affiliated with the Photonics Center.

Herbert J. Berman “Future of Light” Award Announced

March 28th, 2011 in Uncategorized

On March 23, 2011, Boston University hosted its annual Science and Engineering Day event. This event is held annually in the George Sherman Union and gives students from all science and engineering disciplines the opportunity to share their current research endeavors. Each year, the Photonics Center sponsors a prize for this event, the Herbert J. Berman “Future of Light” Award. The Herbert J. Berman “Future of Light” Award has been established at the Boston University Photonics Center in honor of alumnus H.J. Berman. This award recognizes cutting-edge student research in photonics that shows significant promise of having a future beneficial impact on society.

The Photonics Center would like to congratulate the following individuals who won awards at this year’s event:

Berman Future of Light Award
Winner: Cicek Boztug
Advisor: Roberto Paiella

College of Engineering Dean’s Award
Winner: John Henson
Advisor: Roberto Paiella

Office of Technology Development Award
Winner: Phillip Spuhler
Advisor: Selim Unlu

The Smart Lighting Center Award
Winner: Margo Monroe
Advisor: Selim Unlu

Professor Malvin Teich Elected SPIE Fellow

March 28th, 2011 in Uncategorized

The SPIE elected 67 new Fellows of the Society this year on March 15. Fellows are members of distinction who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. They are honored for their technical achievement, for their service to the general optics community and to SPIE in particular. More than 800 SPIE members have become Fellows since the Society’s inception in 1955.

Dr. Malvin Teich, Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Photonics Center at Boston University, was elected for his achievements in the generation, characterization, and detection of classical and nonclassical light.

Professor Teich is a pioneering researcher in the areas of classical and nonclassical light. He demonstrated that heterodyne detection could be achieved in the mid-infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum in 1966, and that the optical heterodyne process could be understood in terms of the absorption of individual polychromatic photons. Throughout his career, he has carried out extensive experimental and theoretical research, using stochastic point processes to characterize different sources of light and the performance of optical systems using these sources. His work in this area has focused on explaining the noise in avalanche photodiodes and fiber-optic amplifiers, and determining the photon statistics of optical radiation such as luminescence light, Cerenkov light, and squeezed light. Using the classic Franck-Hertz experiment in mercury vapor, he generated the first source of unconditionally photon-number-squeezed light—an important moment in optics.

His research on luminescence led to the development of a family of clustered photon-counting distributions, which were used in the design of the star-scanner guidance system for the Galileo spacecraft and were critical to mitigating the deleterious effects of gamma- and beta-ray emissions from Jupiter. For his groundbreaking research, Professor Teich received numerous awards, including the IEEE Morris E. Leeds Award, the Memorial Gold Medal of Palacký University (Czech Republic), and the IEEE Browder J. Thompson Memorial Prize. In 1995, he was appointed Professor Emeritus of Engineering Science and Applied Physics at Columbia University.

Professor Teich is a fellow of the IEEE, the Optical Society of America, the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Acoustical Society of America. His work with these and other organizations has been exceptional, in particular as a member of advisory and editorial boards and conference program committees. Professor Teich has also been a valuable member of review committees for numerous councils and foundations such as the National Research Council, the National Institutes of Health, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Max Planck Society, the Royal Society of London, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Professor Teich has been a program committee member for conferences such as the Wavelets conference at the SPIE Optics + Photonics symposium, the International Workshop on Chaos, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Structures in Biology and Medicine: Optical and Laser Technologies, and the International Conference on Fluctuations and Noise in Photonics and Quantum Optics.


March 22nd, 2011 in Uncategorized

(Boston, MA) — The Boston University Photonics Center and the Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology (CBST) at UC Davis have jointly received the newest National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center award.  The new Center for Biophotonic Sensors and Systems (CBSS) is one of 50 such cooperative research center awards across the country and the only center focused on biophotonic sensors.  The concept is a long-running NSF program designed to foster university-industry collaborations and is jointly supported by the foundation and industry.

Working at the intersection of photonics engineering and the life sciences, research at the new center will focus on improving tools and techniques for disease diagnosis, drug-efficacy testing, patient monitoring and food and water safety.

“We are pleased to have the confidence of NSF and the support of industry members as we launch this center,” said Thomas Bifano of Boston University and the first director for the biophotonic sensor center. “The ultimate goal of the center is to use photonics as a driver for early disease detection, reduction of health care costs, speedier and more effective treatment through personalized care and better patient outcomes”.

Dennis Matthews, director of the biophotonics center on the UC Davis Health System campus and UC Davis site director for the new center, added that it will be a national resource for biosensor research that draws from two top regions of technological and entrepreneurial innovation in the country.

“We are teaming two nationally renowned photonics research centers with a history of close collaboration with their respective medical campuses and clinical health-care experts — elements that augur well for success,” Matthews said.

Gabriela Lee, CBST’s industry liaison, said the center’s framework provides plenty of potential for faculty and industry partners to work together on basic research that ultimately will benefit all.  The center also will provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to work toward careers as engineers and scientists.

Specifically, she said, the two biophotonics programs plan to focus their research on biospectroscopy using advanced optical components, single-cell capture flow cytometry, adaptive beam control for deep tissue 2-photon imaging and live cell 3-D super resolution microscopy.

Industry members will direct the center research. The initial research programs will be determined at a meeting April 28 and 29 at Boston University.  Benefits to industry members include opportunities for pre-competitive collaboration with industry counterparts, access to a pipeline of trained graduate students, enhanced technology transfer opportunities, rights to license intellectual property related to the program, access to the breadth of each university’s research as well as access to supplemental funding opportunities through other NSF programs.

The April meeting is open to all potential industry members; voting rights will be limited to those who have signed the membership agreement.  Registration fees are waived for this meeting. For more information and to register, visit:

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