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Eli Yablonovitch, Ph.D.

Member, California NanoSystems Institute
Adjunct Professor, Electrical Engineering

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1972

Honors and Awards:
2012 - IEEE Photonics Award
2005 Harvard University, Morris Loeb Lecturer
2004 University of Texas, Dallas, Anson L. Clark Memorial Lecturer
2004 Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Sweden, Honorary Doctorate

Professional Societies:
2012 - American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2003 - National Academy of Engineering
2003 - National Academy of Sciences

Contact Information:
Email Address:
Mailing Address: University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
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Fax Number: (510) 666-3409 Fax
Work Phone Number: (510) 642-6821 Office
510-664-4468 Assistant's phone number
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Eli Yablonovitch graduated with the Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1972. He worked for two years at Bell Telephone Laboratories, and then became a professor of Applied Physics at Harvard. In 1979 he joined Exxon to do research on photovoltaic solar energy. Then in 1984, he joined Bell Communications Research, where he was a Distinguished Member of Staff, and also Director of Solid-State Physics Research. In 1992 he joined the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is now the Northrop Grumman Opto-Electronics Chair, Professor of Electrical Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Optical Society of America, and the American Physical Society. Yablonovitch is a Life Member of Eta Kappa Nu, and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences. He has been awarded the Adolf Lomb Medal, the W. Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, the R.W. Wood Prize, and the Julius Springer Prize. His other honors are listed in the Awards section below. Yablonovitch was a Founder of the W/PECS series of Photonic Crystal International Workshops that began in 1999. (PECS VI will be held in Crete in June 2005.) His work has covered a broad variety of topics: nonlinear optics, laser-plasma interaction, infrared laser chemistry, photovoltaic energy conversion, strained-quantum-well lasers, and chemical modification of semiconductor surfaces. Currently his main interests are in optoelectronics, high speed optical communications, high efficiency light-emitting diodes and nano-cavity lasers, photonic crystals at optical and microwave frequencies, quantum computing and quantum communication.

Selected Publications:

Tranchemontagne, D. J. Hunt, J. R. Yaghi, O. M., Room temperature synthesis of metal-organic frameworks: MOF-5, MOF-74, MOF-177, MOF-199, and IRMOF-0, Tetrahedron, 2008, 64 (36), 8553-8557.
Chan, H. Vila, A. I. Basak, J. Griot, M. Weng, W. Y. Wesel, R. Jalali, B. Yablonovitch, E. Verbatlwhede, I., Demonstration of Uncoordinated Multiple Access in Optical Communications, Ieee Transactions on Circuits and Systems I-Regular Papers, 2008, 55 (10), 3259-3269.
Tranchemontagne, D. J. L. Ni, Z. O'Keeffe, M. Yaghi, O. M., Reticular chemistry of metal-organic polyhedra, Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 2008, 47 (28), 5136-5147.
Sahni, S. Luo, X. Liu, J. Xie, Y. H. Yablonovitch, E., Junction field-effect-transistor-based germanium photodetector on silicon-on-insulator, Optics Letters, 2008, 33 (10), 1138-1140.
Szkopek T, Boykin PO, Heng Fan, Roychowdhury VP, Yablonovitch E, Simms G, Gyure M, Fong B., "Threshold error penalty for fault-tolerant quantum computation with nearest neighbor communication", IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, 2006, 5 (1), 42-49.
Aliev A., Zakhidov A., Baughman R., Yablonovitch E., Chalcogenide inverted opal photonic crystal as infrared pigments, International Journal of Nanoscience, 2006, 5 (1), 157-172.
Tirapu-Azpiroz J., Yablonovitch E., Incorporating mask topography edge diffraction in photolithography simulations, Journal of the Optical Society of America A (Optics, Image Science and Vision), 2006, 23 (4), 821-8.
Broas R, Sievenpiper D, Yablonovitch E., "An Application of High-Impedence Ground Planes to Phased Array Antennas.", IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 2005, 53 (4), 1377-81.
Szkopek T, Roychowdhury V, Yablonovitch E, Abrams DS, "Eigenvalue estimation of differential operators with a quantum algorithm.", Physical Review A, 2005, 72 (6), 62318-1-11.
Sakr MR, Jiang HW, Yablonovitch E, Croke ET, "Fabrication and characterization of electrostatic Si/SiGe quantum dots with an integrated read-out channel.", Applied Physics Letters, 2005, 87 (22), 223104-1-3.
Kao CY, Osher S, Yablonovitch E., "Maximizing band gaps in two-dimensional photonic crystals by using level set methods.", Applied Physics B-Lasers & Optics, 2005, B81 (2-3), 235-44.
Rao DS, Szkopek T, Robinson HD, Yablonovitch E, Hong-Wen Jiang, "Single photoelectron trapping, storage, and detection in a one-electron quantum dot.", Journal of Applied Physics, 2005, 98 (11), 114507-1-4.
Xiao, M Martin, I Yablonovitch, E Jiang, HW, Electrical detection of the spin resonance of a single electron in a silicon field-effect transistor, Nature. , 2004, 430 (6998), 435-9.
Yablonovitch, E., "A Light Read.", Materials Today, 2004, 7 (3), 49.
Bandaru PR, Sahni S, Yablonovitch E, Liu J, Kim H-J, Xie YH, "Fabrication and characterization of low temperature (<450 degrees C) grown p-Ge/n-Si photodetectors for silicon based photonics.", Materials Science & Engineering B-Solid State Materials for Advanced Technology, 2004, B113 (1), 79-84.
Liu J, Kim HJ, Hul'ko O, Xie YH, Sahni S, Bandaru P, Yablonovitch E. , "Ge films grown on Si substrates by molecular-beam epitaxy below 450 degrees C.", Journal of Applied Physics, 2004, 96 (1), 916-18.
Burger, M.; Osher, S.; Yablonovitch, E., "Inverse Problem Techniques for the Design of Photonic Crystals", IEICE Transactions on Electronics, 2004, E87-C (3), 258-265.
Tirapu-Azpiroz J, and Yablonovitch, E. , "Modeling of Near-Field Effects in Sub-Wavelength Deep Ultraviolet Lithography.", Future Trends in Microelectronics: The Nano, the Giga, and the Ultra, 2004, 80-93.
Narasimha A, Yablonovitch E., "Code-selective frequency shifting by RF photonic mixing in a dual-electrode Mach-Zehnder modulator. ", Electronics Letters, 2003, 39 (7), 619-20.
Baron, F.A.; Kiselev, A.A.; Robinson, H.D.; Kim, K.W.; Wang, K.L.; Yablonovitch, E., "Manipulating the L-valley electron g factor in Si-Ge heterostructures", Physical Review B-Condensed Matter, 2003, 68 (19), 195306-1-10.
Yablonovitch E, Jiang HW, Kosaka H, Robinson HD, Rao DS, Szkopek T., "Optoelectronic quantum telecommunications based on spins in semiconductors.", Proceedings of the IEEE, 2003, 91 (5), 761-80.
Kosaka H, Rao DS, Robinson HD, Bandaru P, Makita K, Yablonovitch E., "Single photoelectron trapping, storage, and detection in a field effect transistor.", Physical Review B-Condensed Matter, 2003, 67 (4), 45104-1-5.
Kiselev AA, Kim KW, Yablonovitch E., "Designing a heterostructure for the quantum receiver.", Applied Physics Letters, 2002, 80 (16), 2857-9.
Neogi A, Chang-Won Lee, Everitt HO, Kuroda T, Tackeuchi A, Yablonovitch E., "Enhancement of spontaneous recombination rate in a quantum well by resonant surface plasmon coupling.", Physical Review B-Condensed Matter, 2002, 66 (15), 153305-1-4.
Kosaka H, Rao DS, Robinson HD, Bandaru P, Sakamoto T, Yablonovitch E., "Photoconductance quantization in a single-photon detector.", Physical Review B-Condensed Matter, 2002, 65 (20), 201307/1-4.
Yablonovitch, E., "Photonic Crystals.", APS News, 2002, 11 (8), 6.
Bandaru P, Yablonovitch E., "Semiconductor surface-molecule interactions.", Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 2002, 149 (11), G599-602.
Alvarado-Rodriguez I, Yablonovitch E., "Separation of radiation and absorption losses in two-dimensional photonic crystal single defect cavities.", Journal of Applied Physics, 2002, 92 (11), 6399-402.
Korobkin DV, Yablonovitch E., "Twofold spatial resolution enhancement by two-photon exposure of photographic film.", Optical Engineering, 2002, 41 (7), 1729-32.