I am a scientist with a Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech (2008). Selected notable contributions:
- The first demonstration of a phonon laser
- Development of the photonic belt resonators
- Direct measurement of the fundamental thermal noise
- One of the first demonstrations of microresonator Kerr combs.
- Brillouin lasing in optical microresonators
Please see my publications for the complete list.
I am currently with the “Quantum Science and Technology” group at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The laboratory’s primary function is the construction and operation of planetary robotic spacecraft, though it also conducts Earth-orbit and astronomy missions. It is also responsible for operating NASA’s Deep Space Network. I carry out scientific analysis of new ideas, help formulate new technology concepts, and carry out experiments for proof-of-principle demonstrations. Most of my projects have been related to optics in one way or another. Solving challenging scientific and technical problems is often required to achieve project goals, and this is what I like the most about the RnD workflow.
Some of my research interests are:
- Optical and hybrid RF/THZ microresonators
- Whispering gallery mode (WGM) resonators
- Microresonator frequency combs
- Near and mid-IR spectroscopy, lasers, oscillators
- Phenomena at the interface of superconductivity and photonics
- Optical and RF communications
- Cavity optomechanics, quantum and nonlinear optics
- THz photonics, plasmonics and polaritonics
- Microfabrication techniques
- Optical desing and optimization.
- Numerical methods, supercomputing
- Quantum sensors and frequency standards