The Sorger Group and Orthogonal Physics Enabled Nanophotonics (OPEN) Lab is looking for new post-doctoral research fellows and Ph.D. students!
Welcome to the OPEN Lab
Professor Volker Sorger's research team explores novel nanophotonic devices and next-generation photonic computing at the ultimate physical limits to include (i) atto-Joule opto-electronics devices, and (ii) emerging optical information processing such as neuromorphic computing and analogue photonic algorithms. Our goal is to transform cognitive computing into consciousness computing using photonics. We follow an interdisciplinary approach that draws expertise from electrical engineering, physics, and computer engineering. We answer key fundamental questions in information processing and logic and bridge these with National Grand Challenges relating to Rebooting Computing, Enhance Virtual Reality, and Materials Genome Initiative. Our capabilities range from optoelectronic device fab and tests, including emerging materials, over simulation, to prototyping. Recent demonstrations include the first 100’s of atto-Joule efficient electro-optic modulator on a Silicon platform and world's first semiconductor plasmon laser, and image symmetry detection in neuromorphic neural networks. Finally, our team is actively engaged in STEM outreach and optical science-policy such as the IEEE Rebooting Computing and National Photonic Initiative. Prof. Sorger is the Director of the Orthogonal-Physics-Enabled-Nanophotonics (OPEN) Lab at GWU, a senior member of OSA, SPIE, and IEEE, and serves at the Board-of-Meetings for OSA, and both the SPIE Symposia and Scholarship Committee. Securing $6.5M from national funding agencies to include AFOSR, NSF, ARO, and SRC, he published over 120 peer-reviewed publications, cited over 5000 times.
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Our research area covers 2D materials, optical devices and elements, optical information processing and computing, and networks-on-chip.