New Award For Professor Huffaker From US AFOSR
Professor Diana Huffaker secured a research award from The U.S. Air Force/Office of Scientific Research for the project entitled, Nanopillar Photonic Crystal Lasers for Tb/s Transceivers on Silicon. This project invokes a "bottom-up" approach to photonic crystal lasers on silicon for next generation optoelectronic transceivers in the Tb/s range. The photonic crystal laser is composed of entirely of pattened compound semiconductor nanopillars grown epitaxial on a Si substrate to realize a compact, high-efficiency light source. Future applications dramatically increase bandwidth and reduce power consumption in high performance computer clusters and data centers.
The U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research was established in 1951 and has been investing at leading universities and its in-house Air Force laboratories for its continuous pursuit of cutting edge research that forges the foundation of the future Air Force. After the launch of Sputnik the office realized the overwhelming importance of science and technology to the future security, as well as economic dominance of the United States of America.Professor Huffaker heads the Integrated NanoMaterials Core Lab located at the CNSI building Center for Nanosystems Institute. Professor Huffaker is decorated with SPIE Nanotechnology Innovation Award, a National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow (NSSEFF) and IEEE Fellow.