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Yablonovitch, Eli

Eli Yablonovitch, Adjunct Professor

Rank Prize (UK), 2014, for "the idea that strained semiconductor lasers would have superior performance due to reduced valence band (hole) effective mass. Almost all semiconductor lasers use this concept, including for optical telecommunications, in most mouse-clicks, for DVD players, and in the ubiquitous red laser pointers."

Elected Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London, 2013
Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2012
National Academy of Sciences, 2003
National Academy of Engineering, 2003

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Biography

Eli Yablonovitch is an Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA after having served as a regular faculty until 2007. He is currently The James & Katherine Lau Chair in Engineering, and a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Berkeley. He is also the Senior Faculty Scientist in the Lawrence Berkekey National Laboratory and the Director of the NSF Center for Energy Efficient Electronics. He graduated with the Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1972. He worked for two years at Bell Telephone Laboratories, and then became a professor of Applied Physics at Harvard. In 1979 he joined Exxon to do research on photovoltaic solar energy. Then in 1984, he joined Bell Communications Research, where he was a Distinguished Member of Staff, and also Director of Solid-State Physics Research. In 1992 he joined the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was a Northrop Grumman Opto-Electronics Chair, Professor of Electrical Engineering.

Prof. Yablonovitch's work has covered a broad variety of topics: nonlinear optics, laser-plasma interaction, infrared laser chemistry, photovoltaic energy conversion, strained-quantum-well lasers, and chemical modification of semiconductor surfaces. Currently his main interests are in optoelectronics, high speed optical communications, high efficiency light-emitting diodes and nano-cavity lasers, photonic crystals at optical and microwave frequencies, quantum computing and quantum communication.

Yablonovitch was a Founder of the W/PECS series of Photonic Crystal International Workshops that began in 1999. (PECS VIII will be held in Australia in 2009.)

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Optical Society of America, and the American Physical Society. Yablonovitch is a Life Member of Eta Kappa Nu, and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences. He has been awarded the Adolf Lomb Medal, the W. Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, the R.W. Wood Prize, and the Julius Springer Prize.

His other honors are listed in the Awards section below.

Research Interests

Professor Yablonovitch's research focuses on optoelectronics, high speed optical communications, nanocavity lasers, photonic crystals at optical and microwave frequencies, quantum computing and communication.

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2014, Rank Prize (UK), for "the idea that strained semiconductor lasers would have superior performance due to reduced valence band (hole) effective mass. Almost all semiconductor lasers use this concept, including for optical telecommunications, in most mouse-clicks, for DVD players, and in the ubiquitous red laser pointers."
  • 2013, Elected as Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London
  • 2012, Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 2012, Harvey Prize of Israel for "pioneering discoveries in photonics, optoelectronics and semiconductors, that impacted our lives."
  • 2012, IEEE Photonics Award for "pioneering contributions to photonic crystals, the photonic bandgap, and photonic bandgap engineering."
  • 2010, Mountbatten Medal of the British IET for "outstanding contributions to electronics."
  • 2005 Northrop Grumman Optoelectronics Chair in Electrical Engineering, UCLA
  • 2004 Honorary Doctorate, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • 2003-2004, Moore Distinguished Scholar, Caltech
  • 2003 National Academy of Sciences
  • 2003 National Academy of Engineering
  • 2001 Julius Springer Prize in Applied Physics
  • 1996 R.W. Wood Prize, Optical Society of America
  • 1993 W. Streifer Achievement Award, IEEE Lasers & Electro-Optics Society
  • 1992 Fellow, IEEE
  • 1990 Fellow, American Physical Society
  • 1990 Research and Development 100 Award
  • 1982 Fellow, Optical Society of America
  • 1978-79 Alfred P. Sloan Fellow
  • 1978 Adolf Lomb Medal, Optical Society of America
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