UNM scientists awarded $7.5 million for laser research

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Sheik-Bahae & Mafi to investigate radiation balanced lasers

A team of researchers led by scientists at The University of New Mexico have been awarded a $7.5 million grant to expand on existing laser projects already underway at the University.

Mansoor Sheik-Bahae, from the Department of Physics & Astronomy, and Arash Mafi, from the Department of Physics & Astronomy and UNM’s Center for High Technology Materials, along with collaborators from other renowned institutions, were awarded the grant as part of the Department of Defense’s ‘Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative program,’ or MURI.

We’re very excited about this award,” said Sheik-Bahae, who is also the project’s principal investigator. “This funding provides a chance for us to expand on already existing research efforts and provides an opportunity for more students to work on research science.”

“These types of interdisciplinary projects are very beneficial for the University and our students,” added Mafi. “It exposes them to science they may not otherwise get to work on and gives faculty the chance to collaborate.”

The project, Multidisciplinary Approaches to Radiation Balanced Lasers (MARBLE): Rare-Earths and Semiconductors in Disks, Fibers, and Microstructures, will focus on basic research to develop athermal lasers in semiconductors and fiber optics for potential use in a variety of applications.

“In the past, these athermal lasers have been demonstrated in certain cylindrical rod-lasers,” said Sheik-Bahae. “But, no one has ever produced them in fiber or semiconductor lasers, which is what our research team will undertake as part of the MARBLE project.” 

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