Develop technologies for optical wireless communications (OWC). OWC requires laser sources, optical modulators, beam-steering, optical detectors and signal processing. We are developing compact OWC systems for use on small UASs (i.e. drones). Work on nanofab making beam-steering components or in the optics lab integrating parts to make a prototype system.
Start Date: 6/1/2021 - End Date: 5/31/2022
Type of Project
Support the development of OWC components and systems. Fabricate nanostructured components that enable electronic beam-steering. Design digital control circuits for fabrication through a semiconductor foundry. Build a point-to-point optical transceiver to send and receive optical data wirelessly. Integrate a prototype OWC system.
10+ hours/week hour(s)
Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Some engineering/physical science coursework completed. Willingness to learn new skills and a passion for science & technology is more important than experience. Priority to students looking to engage in research for 1 year or longer. Priority to students that can commit closer to full-time hours during summer 2021.
Interested in Working With the Following Programs
Honors Undergraduate Thesis
Independent Research Credit (4912)
Research and Mentoring Program
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Pay is $10/hour.