Optics Research at Berkeley

Berkeley faculty who are actively involved in optics research are from the departments of Astronomy, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, and Vision Science and Optometry. Selected optical faculty members along with their personal and/or lab websites are listed below. Perspective graduate students who are interested in studying optics at UC Berkeley are suggested to first identify a faculty member whose research program is of interest and the department to which he/she belongs. Each department has its own application process so please visit each affiliation's website for more information on how to apply.

Research Groups

Research in Optics
Eli Yablonovitch
(Group site)
thermophotovoltaics, inverse electromagnetic design, optical antennas, integrated optics
Boubacar Kante
(Group site)
Topological light sources and lasers, energy harvesting nanostructures, metamaterials, nanoscale materials and device integration
Ming C. Wu
(Group site)
integrated photonics, all optical switch, optical MEMS
Constance Chang-Hasnain
(Group site)
micro- and nano-photonics, VCSELs, nano-pillars, LIDAR
Laura Waller
(Group site)
computational imaging, phase retrieval
Xiang Zhang
(Group site)
nano-photonics, plasmonics, metamaterials, fabrication
Na Ji
(Group site)
bioimaging, fluorescence microscopy
James Graham
(Personal Page)
adaptive optics, infrared instrumentation, large telescopes
Imke de Pater
(Personal Page)
adaptive optics, speckle imaging