Energy efficient photonic and spintronic device


​Energy efficiency offers a powerful and cost-effective tool for achieving a sustainable energy future. Improvements in energy efficiency can reduce the need for investment in energy infrastructure, cut fuel costs, increase competitiveness and improve consumer welfare. Drawing from the unique complementary and extraordinary expertise and resources of a team of faculty members from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and University of Michigan ECE division (UM) in the areas of solid state electronic and optoelectronic materials and devices, spintronics and quantum information processing, we propose a far-reaching program of research on energy efficient photonic components. The proposed research will encompass the following areas: (i) solid state lighting, which is a rapidly evolving, emerging technology whose efficiencies of conversion of electricity to visible white light is likely to approach 50% within the next several years; (ii) silicon photonics, whose economic incentives as well as intellectual challenges have fueled the race to create energy efficient and compatible optical components on silicon CMOS; and (iii) spintronics, which promises novel polarized non-classical single photon sources for secure communication and integrable semiconductor based ultra-low power logic devices. A distinguishing feature of the proposed research program is the integration of experimental and high performance computational methods to advancing the state of the art in the above areas. ​


​Principal Investigators: A. Manchon​ (KAUST), P. Battacharya (U. Michigan). Co-PIs: B. Ooi (KAUST), H. Bagci (KAUST), E. Michielssen (U. Michigan), J. Phillips (U. Michigan).