Mengjie Yu Receives DARPA Young Faculty Award

| March 20, 2024

Honored for proposal titled ‘On-chip electrical synthesis of few-cycle light via optical frequency comb.’

Assistant Professor Mengjie Yu

Assistant Professor Mengjie Yu of the USC Viterbi School Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. (USC Photo)

Mengjie Yu, a WiSE Gabilan assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, received a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award for 2023.

Yu earned the honor for her proposal titled proposal titled “On-chip electrical synthesis of few-cycle light via optical frequency comb.”

Yu said her project is designed to “develop an ultrafast nanophotonic platform to generate high-peak-power femtosecond pulses and ultrabroadband optical frequency combs directly from a microwave drive.

“The success of the proposal will change the landscape of integrated nonlinear optics by creating a new branch of pulse-pumped light-matter interaction and broadly impact applications both in commercial and defense sectors. We envision the developed ultrafast optical platform will also address the applications in time-of-flight LIDAR, high-speed optical communication and ultrafast electronics.”

The DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program provides financial support and mentoring to rising young stars in junior academic research positions. It also connects early-career scientists with industry and Department of Defense contacts to foster “innovative new research that enables transformative DoD capabilities.” See a list of the YFA winners for 2023.

Published on March 20th, 2024

Last updated on March 21st, 2024

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