Federal Grant Provides Physics Research
Opportunity for Faculty, Students
Dr. Malik Rakhanov, left, and Dr. Volker Questschke, right,
both assistant professors in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will
conduct research on micro toroidal resonators as part of a grant from the U.S.
Department of Defense.
The grant’s principal investigator is Dr. Malik
Rakhmanov and co-investigator is Dr. Volker
Quetschke, both assistant professors in the Department of
Physics and Astronomy. They are collaborating with Dr. Qianfan
Xu, an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer
Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice
University in Houston.
The grant will enable a postdoctoral research assistant and a graduate
student at the university to work alongside the
“It will give the students at UTB so far unheard of opportunities to
learn about modern nanophotonics and to participate in experimental optics
research,” said Rakhmanov. “Both these factors should result in increasing the
enrollment of students in physics and engineering programs at UTB and in
improving their retention rates.”
nics is part of optical engineering and is the study of light
and matter on the nanometer scale for telecommunication and computation.
Experimental optics research studies light and matter on atomic and molecular
The students working on the research will travel to Rice University to
fabricate micro toroidal resonators using E-beam lithography
“We can provide our students with a work environment that they can get
hired at optical companies,” said Quetschke. “Students are aware of their
surroundings and can learn in conjunction with research
The professors and students’ work using modulation spectroscopy
techniques will focus on how micro toroidal resonators play a role in integrated
silicon photonic circuits. The faculty members hope the work will lead to the
improvement of the understanding of light-matter interactions at the nano-scale
and the advancement of nanophotonics.
ophotonics bridges the gap to material science and nanotechnology,”
said Rakhmanov. “The field is definitely emerging. Definitely many major
universities are doing this kind of research.”
Much of the work will occur in the university’s Optics and
Nanophotonics Lab in the Science, Engineering and Technology Building at The
University of Texas at Brownsville.
“Our department is always encouraging research,” said Dr. Soma
Mukherjee, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of
Physics and Astronomy. “The more we expand into newer areas the more
opportunities it opens up for our students and for emerging and new kinds of
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