Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science - Applied Physics

Faculty, Executive Officer

Kerry J. Vahala

Kerry J. Vahala

Ted and Ginger Jenkins Professor of Information Science and Technology and Applied Physics; Executive Officer for Applied Physics and Materials Science

Degrees and Appointments

B.S., Caltech, 1980; M.S., 1981; Ph.D., 1985. Research Fellow in Applied Physics, 1985; Assistant Professor, 1986-90; Associate Professor, 1990-96; Professor, 1996-2002; Jenkins Professor, 2002-; Executive Officer, 2013-.


Assistant(s)

Research Group Matters
Cecilia Gamboa
224 Watson Laboratory
(626) 395-4400
cgamboa@caltech.edu

Research Group Website Personal Website

Research Overview

Professor Vahala studies science and applications relating to high-Q optical microcavities. His research group has pioneered a class of devices that attain Q factors of nearly 1 billion in a compact size. They are using these devices to study optical parametric oscillators, frequency microcombs, high-coherence Brillouin lasers, reference cavities, optical-based microwave sources, and optomechanical oscillators. 

List of Research Areas

High-Q optical microresonators, high-coherence lasers on-a-chip, frequency microcombs, optical microwave sources, optical reference cavities, cavity optomechanics. 


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