Schuller receives the AFOSR-YIP award for his work in Infrared Semiconductor Metamaterials. Schuller is one of 40 scientists and engineers who will receive approximately $15 million in grants from the AFOSR-YIP.
Metamaterials are engineered nanomaterials, typically constructed from metallic nanoparticles, that exhibit unique optical properties not found in nature. Professor Schuller’s research proposal, “Infrared Semiconductor Metamaterials” describes a new class of metamaterials constructed from semiconductor, rather than metallic, elements. Switching to semiconductor constituents will enable novel methods to dynamically tune metamaterial response via optoelectronic processes. Ultimately, he hopes to construct CMOS compatible metamaterials that are reconfigurable at GHz time scales. Such developments may lead to superior infrared frequency beam-steering, focusing, sensing, and communications technologies.
The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.
The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.
This year AFOSR received 192 proposals in response to the AFOSR broad agency announcement solicitation in major areas of interest to the Air Force. These areas include: aerospace, chemical and material sciences; physics and electronics; and mathematics, information and life sciences. AFOSR officials select proposals based on the evaluation criteria listed in the broad agency announcement. Those selected will receive the grants over a 3 to 5-year period.