Our department has both theoretical and experimental research activities. Additionally, the department has ample computing facilities and students are encouraged to use the computers as much as possible. Quantum physics, gravitation, quantum optics, superconductivity/ superfluidity and analytical/computational studies of biological physics are the main theoretical research interests. On the experimental research side, the department focuses on solid state lasers, optoelectronic and microphotonic materials and devices, and nano – optics. There are four main research laboratories within the department: Laser Research Laboratory (LRL), Microphotonics Research Laboratory (MRL), Optofluidics and Nano-Optics Research Laboratory (NRL), and Brain Imaging and Control Laboratyory (BIC).
Microphotonics Research Laboratory (MRL) focuses its experimental research efforts on application areas such as optical fiber communication, silicon photonics, laser spectroscopy, and laser diagnostics. The research encompasses the design, fabrication, characterization, and testing of novel optoelectronic devices. Photonic structures such as high-quality factor optical microcavities as well as novel dielectric and semiconductor materials such as black silicon are used for the realization of these optoelectronic devices.
Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Alphan Sennaroglu
Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Alper Kiraz
Prof. Tekin Dereli , Ph.D. METU, 1976
Quantum information theory, phase space quantization, standard electroweak theory and string models, generalized theories of gravitation, gravitational waves.
Assoc. Prof. Kaan Güven, Ph.D.Bilkent U., 1999
Physics of metamaterials, plasmonics, transformation optics, scientific computation, condensed matter physics.
Assoc. Prof. Menderes Işkın, Ph.D. Georgia Inst. of Tech., 2007
Many-body physics, degenerate Fermi and Bose gases, superfluidity, BCS theory of superconductivity, Bose-Einstein condensates, BCS-BEC crossover, optical lattices.
Assoc. Prof. Alkan Kabakçıoğlu, Ph.D. MIT, 1999
Statistical mechanics of complex systems, structure and folding of biomolecules. Regulation of gene expression in cells.
Prof. Ali Mostafazadeh, Ph.D. U. Texas-Austin, 1994
PT-symmetric quantum mechanics, geometric phase in quantum mechanics, topological quantum symmetries, supersymmetry and parasupersymmetry, quantum cosmologies.
Prof. Özgür Mustecaplıoğlu, Ph.D. Bilkent U., 1999
Quantum optics, atomic, molecular and optical physics, photonics.
Asst. Prof. Fethi Mübin Ramazanoğlu, Ph.D. Princeton U., 2012
Gravitational waves, numerical relativity, astrophysics of compact objects, alternative theories of gravitation, black hole evaporation.