Research Thrusts

 
The RESEARCH THRUSTS of the Center include:
➢ MICROWAVE and THz TECHNOLOGIES:

  • High permittivity materials
  • Extreme anisotropies
  • Field enhancements
  • Increased detector sensitivity
  • Low observable structures

➢ OPTICAL COMPONENTS:

  • Perfect lenses
  • Micro-polarizers and polarizer arrays
  • Beam shaping & beam steering
  • Active optical components
  • CLoaking and camouflaging materials

➢ SENSORS:

  • Polarimetric and nonpolarimetric
  • Multiwavelength detectors
  • Focal plane arrays
  • Biological and chemical sensors

➢ SUSTAINABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES:

  • Solar cells
  • Transparent electrodes
  • Light harvesting templates
  • Concentrators

 
For each of these research thrusts, projects ranging from fundamental research, design, modeling, fabrication and testing will be performed as described below:
 
➢ DESIGN / MODELING / SIMULATION – Fundamental properties of metamaterials are studied and applied to particular applications. Design and simulations are performed using several tools and techniques including: Ansys HFSS, COMSOL, Lumerical, Sonnet Software, CST Microwave Studio, and proprietary rigorous coupled wave analysis.
➢ FABRICATION – Metamaterials and devices are fabricated at laboratories at UNCC, CUNY, Clarkson and WCU. Fabrication tools at these universities include tools for nano & microfabrication, CNC machines, 3D printers and other rapid prototypingmachines.
➢ TESTING – WCU, UNCC and CUNY all have advanced optical testing facilities that perform optical characterization from the RF to UV spectral ranges.

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