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ECE Assistant Professor Jon Schuller’s research on steering light beams w/out moving parts featured in The UCSB Current article “Pointing Light”

March 1st, 2018

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Schuller takes a materials approach to the application-rich area of steering light beams without moving parts

Without the vast, nearly infinite web of crisscrossing electromagnetic waves that travel invisibly through the air, the modern world would cease to exist. Transmitting digital data and sensing and returning information about the environment at the speed of light, these waves are important in many emerging applications, including autonomous vehicles, Lidar and holographic displays, where the ability to direct and steer light beams over time is crucial to mapping surroundings or to immersion in an augmented reality.

UC Santa Barbara engineer Jon Schuller aims to manipulate specialized semiconductor materials and devices to control light without using mechanically moving parts — an achievement that could have wide-ranging applications. He is pursuing ways to use sub-wavelength interactions involving any element smaller than the wavelength of light (about one micron) to not only steer light, but also to enable faster, more efficient sensing. He also hopes to shrink the size of the system and improve its performance — all at a lower cost.

To read the full article go to The UCSB Current – "Pointing Light"

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