Jacob B. Khurgin

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Jacob B. Khurgin graduated with his M.S. degree in optics from the Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics in St Petersburg, Russia, in 1979. In 1980 he emigrated to the US, and joined Philips Research Laboratories, of Philips Electronics N.V., in Briarcliff Manor, NY. There for eight years he worked on miniature solid-state lasers, II-VI semiconductor lasers, various display and lighting fixtures, x-ray imaging, and small appliances. Simultaneously, he was pursuing his graduate studies at Polytechnic Institute of New York, where he received his Ph.D. in electrophysics in January 1987. In January 1988, he joined the Electrical Engineering department of Johns Hopkins University, where he is currently a Professor. His research topics over the years have included an eclectic mixture of semiconductor nanostructure optics, nonlinear optical devices, optical communications, microwave photonics, THz technology, and condensed matter physics. Currently, he is working in the areas of mid-infrared lasers and detectors, plasmonics, laser cooling, rf photonics, IR detectors, phonon engineering for high-frequency transistors, coherent optical communications, and slow light propagation. His publications include six book chapters, one edited book, more than 210 papers in refereed journals and 14 patents. Professor Khurgin is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.


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