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Wednesday, May 07, 2014, 12:00pm


DSC 3263Prof. Hooman Mohseni

Associate Professor, EECS, Northwestern University

"Novel Infrared Photon Detectors with Extreme Sensitivity"

Abstract: From portable medical tomography to finding Earth-like planets, infrared photon detectors with extreme sensitivity can realize many of our dreams. This talk highlights our recent breakthroughs in increasing the sensitivity of our bio-inspired “Nano-injection Detectors” in the short wavelength infrared (SWIR) region. The physics of operation and the unique properties of this new device are presented. In comparison to the best existing detectors based on other technologies, the Nano-injection detectors show small noise, high internal gain, and excellent ability to form high-resolution cameras with single-photon detection sensitivity above cryogenic temperatures - for the first time. The impact of this technology on some applications, including medical imaging, night vision, quantum computing, and astronomy will be discussed. 

Read more of research on Bisol's website.

Bio: Prof. Hooman Mohseni received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2001. He then joined Sarnoff Corporation, where he was a Member of Technical Staff leading several government, domestic, and international commercial projects. He joined Northwestern University as a faculty member in 2004. Mohseni is the director of Bio-inspired Sensors and Optoelectronics Lab (BISOL), and Northwestern’s Solid-state and Photonics Initiative. He is a recipient of Young Faculty Award from Defense Advanced Project Agency (DARPA) in 2007. He was selected by NSF as a US delegates in US-Korea Nano-manufacturing Exchange program in 2007, and US-Japan Young Scientist Exchange Program on Nanotechnology in 2006. He received National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award in 2006. Mohseni has served as the Advisory Board, Program Chair and Co-chair in several major conferences including IEEE Photonics, SPIE Optics and Photonics, and SPIE Security and Defense. Dr. Mohseni has published over 110 peer-reviewed articles in major scientific journals including Nature, Nano Letters, Small, and ACS Nano. He holds 14 issued US and International patents on novel optoelectronic devices and nano-processing. Mohseni has presented more than 54 invited and keynote talks at different commercial, government, and educational institutes. He is a Fellow of SPIE, a Fellow of Optical Society of America, and a Senior Member of IEEE.


Hosted by: Northwestern University Photonics Club & Society for Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) at Northwestern University.

Location Ford ITW Auditorium
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 12:00pm
Contact Lana Kiperman, 846-467-0028,

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