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Photonics and Electro-optics

Photonics and Electro-optics


The science of photonics, or using light as current electrical engineering uses electrons, is the basic technology behind the current communications revolution. As higher and higher data rates are required, photonics will play an ever larger role in the successful engineer's toolbox.


Research programs at OSU specialize in ultra-fast optoelectronics, sensor systems, and growth and development of new optical materials, especially wide band-gap materials used for blue light generation. The research groups on terahertz (1 THz = 1000 GHz) technology and the new wide band-gap materials are at the forefront of research in these areas.

Photonics and Electro-optics


  • Fiber Optics Communication Systems
  • Ultra-fast Optics
  • Plasmonic Photonics
  • Microelectronic Fabrication
  • Advanced Microfabrication Labs
  • Photonics I: Advanced Optics
  • Photonics II: THz-TDS Photonics

Research Labs

UTOL Cleanroom
Ultrafast Terahertz Research Group
Wireless Sensory Systems


Dr. Jerzy Krasinski received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Warsaw in 1966 and 1973, respectively. His areas of interest include laser spectroscopy, laser engineering and development, laser application and nonlinear optics.

Dr. Weili Zhang received his B.S. in laser science and Ph.D. in optical engineering from Tianjin University in 1987 and 1993, respectively. His areas of interest include terahertz optoelectronics, ultra-fast lasers and phenomena and nano- and micro-structured material optics.


Dr. Daniel Grischkowsky received his Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University in 1968. His areas of interest include ultra-fast optoelectronics, optical and THz science and engineering and laser science. He is a fellow of OSA, APS and IEEE. He received the Boris Pregel Award (1985) from the New York Academy of Sciences, the R. W. Wood Prize (1989) and the William F. Meggers Award (2003) from OSA.