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Kent D. Choquette

Kent D. Choquette

Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
3108 Micro and Nanotechnology Lab
208 N. Wright Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801
(217) 265-0563
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Ph.D. in Materials Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990

Research Statement:
The Photonic device research group is involved in the study of semiconductor photonic and optoelectronic device physics, fabrication technologies, and systems with a strong emphasis on vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs). Photonic devices are key components for the infrastructure of the Information Age. Active devices, such as VCSELs, are the foundation for short and soon medium length optical fiber based interconnect applications. Currently there are research efforts to develop new VCSEL devices, such as composite resonator VCSELs and vertical cavity photonic integrated circuits, as well as to establish new VCSEL applications, such as 2-dimensional source and receiver arrays for high aggregate rate interconnects. Group research into new compound semiconductor processing technologies, such as selective oxidation and heterogeneous integration techniques is also pursued. Finally, the next generation of photonic devices, such as photonic crystal membrane lasers, waveguides and nanocavities, which will enable the next generation of quantum optic communication networks, as well as opto-fluidic microsystems for lab-on-the-chip sensing and health care are under under study.
Research Interests:
Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs), micro-cavity lasers, nano-cavity lasers, photonic crystal materials, optoelectronic devices, low power consumption photonics, selective oxidation of compound semiconductors, hybrid heterogenous integration, micro-fluidic and opto-fluidic devices, nano-processing semiconductor fabrication, high bandwidth communication systems, optical sensing applications including medical and environmental sensing
Undergraduate Research Opportunities:
The Photonic device research group is involved in the study of semiconductor photonic and optoelectronic device physics, fabrication technologies, and systems with a strong emphasis on vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs). Photonic devices are key components for the infrastructure of the Information Age. Active devices, such as VCSELs, are the foundation for short and soon medium length optical fiber based interconnect applications. Currently there are research efforts to develop new VCSEL devices, such as composite resonator VCSELs and vertical cavity photonic integrated circuits, as well as to establish new VCSEL applications, such as 2-dimensional source and receiver arrays for high aggregate rate interconnects. Group research into new compound semiconductor processing technologies, such as selective oxidation and heterogeneous integration techniques is also pursued. Finally, the next generation of photonic devices, such as photonic crystal membrane lasers, waveguides and nanocavities, which will enable the next generation of quantum optic communication networks, as well as opto-fluidic microsystems for lab-on-the-chip sensing and health care are under under study. Undergraduate student researchers should have completed a introduction course on photonics, such as ECE304, ECE455, or ECE495 and have interest in experimental laboratory activities.
For more information:
Photonic Device Research Group Home Page

Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements for Teaching:

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  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising
  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising

Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements for Research:

  • IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Service Award 2013
  • Fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science
  • Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award from Optical Society of America
  • IEEE Photonics Society (fomerly Laser and Electro-Optics Society) Engineering Achievement Award
  • Fellow of International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)
  • Elected member of the Board of Govenors, IEEE Photonics Society (fomerly Laser and Electro-Optics Society)
  • ECE Sony Faculty Scholar
  • ECE Sony Faculty Scholar
  • ECE Sony Faculty Scholar
  • Fellow of Optical Society of America
  • Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • IEEE Photonics Society (fomerly Laser and Electro-Optics Society) Distinguished Lecture Award
  • IEEE Photonics Society (fomerly Laser and Electro-Optics Society) Distinguished Lecture Award