Kerry John Vahala
Ted and Ginger Jenkins Professor of Information Science and Technology and Applied Physics; Executive Officer for Applied Physics and Materials Science
Degrees and Appointments
B.S., Caltech, 1980; M.S., 1981; Ph.D., 1985. Research Fellow in Applied Physics, 1985; Assistant Professor, 1986-90; Associate Professor, 1990-96; Professor, 1996-2002; Jenkins Professor, 2002-; Executive Officer, 2013-.
Professor Vahala studies science and applications relating to high-Q optical microcavities. His research group has pioneered a class of devices that attain Q factors of nearly 1 billion in a compact size. They are using these devices to study optical parametric oscillators, frequency microcombs, high-coherence Brillouin lasers, reference cavities, optical-based microwave sources, and optomechanical oscillators.
List of Research Areas
High-Q optical microresonators, high-coherence lasers on-a-chip, frequency microcombs, optical microwave sources, optical reference cavities, cavity optomechanics.