• Perfecting the View on a Crystal’s Imperfection

    New research shines light on the properties and promise of hexagonal boron nitride, a material used in electronic and photonics technologies. NEW YORK, April 23, 2024 — Single-photon emitters (SPEs) are akin to microscopic lightbulbs that emit only one photon (a quantum of light) at a time. These tiny structures hold immense importance for the Read More [...]

  • Qiushi Guo Receives NSF Career Award to Develop a Compact Ultrafast Mode-Locked Laser

    Guo will use the award to help train the next generation of semiconductor researchers. Qiushi Guo, a professor with the CUNY ASRC’s Photonics Initiative and the CUNY Graduate Center’s Physics program, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award to support his work developing a femtosecond mode-locked lasers made from lithium niobate—a synthetic salt Read More [...]

  • Andrea Alù Named Optica’s 2024 Max Born Award Recipient

    Congratulations! Andrea Alù, director of the CUNY ASRC Photonics Initiative and Einstein Professor of Physics at the CUNY Graduate Center, named Optica's 2024 Max Born Award recipient for his pioneering contributions to linear, nonlinear, and nonreciprocal photonic metamaterials. Optica (formerly OSA), Advancing Optics and Photonics Worldwide, is a leading society in optics and photonics dedicated to Read More [...]

  • Top Research Stories

    Every year, CUNY ASRC researchers challenge scientific limits and find the most creative ways to expand the world's understanding of the Earth that we inhabit. Here are 10 stories that offer a glimpse at some of the innovative work produced by our researchers. We hope these stories serve as motivation to pursue your goals and Read More [...]

  • Breaking Wave Symmetries: Researchers Design New Device to Make Light Waves Flow Only In One Direction

    Using a thin layer of nano-patterned silicon, scientists are able to transmit light unidirectionally and prevent incoming reflections, all without the use of magnets. NEW YORK, December 8, 2023 — Much like the ebb and flow of ocean waves, light and sound waves bounce off objects and reflect back to their source. This inherent symmetry Read More [...]

  • Photonics Team Develops High-Performance Ultrafast Lasers That Fit on a Fingertip

    The new advance will enable pocket-sized devices that can perform detailed GPS-free precision navigation, medical imaging, food safety inspection and more. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 9, 2023 — Lasers are essential tools for observing, detecting, and measuring things in the natural world that we can’t see with the naked eye. But the ability to perform these Read More [...]

  • Bartering Light for Light: Scientists Discover New System to Control the Chaotic Behavior of Light

    Studying how light beams interfere with each other in a stadium shaped arena gives researchers insight on its complex behavior. NEW YORK, November 2, 2023 — Harnessing and controlling light is vital for the development of technology, including energy harvesting, computation, communications, and biomedical sensing. Yet, in real-world scenarios, complexity in light's behavior poses challenges Read More [...]

  • Welcoming the Newest Members of the CUNY ASRC

    Nanoscience Initiative Wasiq Mahmood, undergraduate student Serter Lüleburgaz, postdoctoral researcher Conor Andrews, high school student Yan Rigual-Rosado, undergraduate student Muhtasim Syed, undergraduate student Emmet Shermanm, CUNY ASRC staff member Julianne Villar, undergraduate student María Pérez Ferreiro, short-term scholar Shayan Salehian, Ph.D. rotation student Hema Kuntrapakam, postdoctoral researcher Supreet Kaur, postdoctoral researcher Surya Marjit, master's student Read More [...]

  • CUNY ASRC Photonics Team Part of a $30M NSF Center Established to Investigate New Frontiers of Sound Science

    NEW YORK, September 7, 2023 — The National Science Foundation has granted a multi-institutional team $30 million over five years to establish a new NSF Science and Technology Center. The New Frontiers of Sound Science and Technology Center, which comes with an additional $30 million funding option over the following five years, will bring together Read More [...]

  • Matthew Sfeir Named 2023 Moore Foundation Experimental Physics Investigator

    The five-year award will support Sfeir’s work to investigate the infrared and terahertz properties of novel organic polymers that could enable design and development of advanced photonic and quantum-based technologies. NEW YORK, August 23, 2023 — Physicist Matthew Sfeir is among 21 innovative mid-career scientists who will each receive $1.25 million from the Gordon and Read More [...]