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Postdoctoral/Research Scientist/Engineer position is available in the field of experimental optics and lasers.

The College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida (UCF).  UCF is undergoing rapid growth in the size of external research funding, academic stature, and student and faculty diversity. UCF supports and benefits from economic growth in Central Florida, which is emerging as a major hub for technology development. The University is located in the metropolitan Orlando area, which offers a vibrant lifestyle and a variety of cultural and recreational activities.

CREOL is one of the world’s foremost institutions for research and education in optical and photonic science and engineering. The College offers MS and PhD degrees in optics and photonics, and a BS degree in photonic science and engineering. The faculty engages in fundamental and applied research and education in lasers, optical fibers, semiconductor and integrated photonic devices, nonlinear and quantum optics, and imaging, sensing, and displays. The college is home to the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL), Florida Photonics Center of Excellence (FPCE), and Townes Laser Institute (TLI), and the Institute for the Frontier of Attosecond Science and Technology (iFAST). In addition, the College of Medicine, which includes the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, provides rich opportunities for collaboration. For more information see www.creol.ucf.edu.

We are studying how to coherently phase- and frequency-lock and beam combine coupled arrays of semiconductor diode lasers. Beam combining is required for wide variety of applications (such as directed energy, optical communication, optical sensing, and many others) since emitted power from a single laser may not be sufficient for a required application. Since diode lasers behave nonlinearly, synchronization of large nonlinear arrays causes an outstanding and yet unsolved challenge. We are employing diode arrays of various wavelengths including near infrared and blue and we are employing single-mode and broad-area diodes. Additionally, we are studying the effects of heterogeneity in parameters on diode array locking performance, particularly interested in disorder-promoted synchronization.

A prospective candidate will play an important role in experiments conducted by our group and will design, build, and perform new experiments aimed to improve phase- and frequency-locking and beam combining of diode laser arrays.

Position Requirements:

  • PhD in the fields of Optics and/or related fields (Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics).
  • Proven experimental experience working with lasers and optical systems. Experience with semiconductor diode lasers would be desirable though we are capable of providing appropriate guidance as needed.

Start date of position is flexible. Salaries are negotiable.

For interested applicants, please e-mail your CV to Professor Yehuda Braiman (yehuda.braiman@ucf.edu).