- 8/19/2014: Congratulations to Professors Harry Atwater and Albert Polman on winning the Julius Springer Prize for their contributions in the areas of plasmonics and nanophotonic applications for ultrahigh-efficiency solar energy conversion! Read more here
- 8/14/2014: Professor Atwater was featured in an article on Real Business, a digital magazine sponsored by Xerox, which explores innovative ideas across multiple channels, including transportation, customer care, healthcare, human resources, among other areas.
Read "Could the Car of the Future be Solar Powered?" here!
- 6/24/2014: LMI-EFRC is awarded $15M renewal from DOE to expand scientific frontiers of solar energy conversion! See here for more information: DOE press release and Caltech News
- 5/30/2014: Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Bosco on his successful thesis defense!
- 5/15/2014: Congratulations to Dr. Emily Kosten on her successful thesis defense!
- 5/9/2014: Congratulations to Dr. Emily Warmann on her successful thesis defense!
- 5/8/2014: Congratulations to Ana Brown for receiving the Link Foundation Energy Fellowship!
- 4/28/2014: Jim Fakonas' paper on Two Plasmon Quantum Interference is published; see paper here!
News and Views article about it here and press: here and here and here!
- 4/24/2014: Congratulations to Jeff Bosco and Emily Kosten on their exciting Materials Research Society Graduate Student Gold Awards!!
- 2/10/2014: See Harry Atwater's interview on the Caltech homepage!
- 11/11/2013: Congratulations to Ray Weitekamp for taking home second place in the Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA) challenge!
- 11/7/2013: Congratulations to Michelle Sherrott on her Resnick Institute Graduate Research Fellow award!
- 10/22/2013: The Department of Energy has announced it is awarding $16 million to four projects "that will help develop solar devices that near the theoretical efficiency limits of single junction solar cells, or about 30 percent efficiency." ASU, in collaboration with the Atwater Group, is one of the F-PACE II awardees and plans to create a novel device structure for ultra-thin crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells with targeted efficiencies of 29%
- 9/3/2013: A-team researchers hold new record for light confinement in nanophotonic resonators! See news item in Nature Photonics and Nano Letters paper here
- 8/28/2013: Harry discusses his vision for ACS Photonics here!
- 8/27/2013: Harry Atwater named founding Editor-in-Chief of ACS Photonics, a new interdisciplinary journal of photonic science and technology
- 8/19/2013: Visit the Resnick Institute's website to see Dr. Atwater's recent presentation at the Intersolar conference on innovative photovoltaic technology.
- 6/1/2013: Congratulations to Matt Shaner on becoming a Resnick Institute Graduate Research Fellow!
- 6/1/2013: Dr. Atwater and his research group made MIT Technology Review's list of 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2013!
- 5/30/2013: Congratulations, Dr. Stanley Burgos, on your successful thesis defense!
- 5/30/2013: Congratulations, Dr. Daniel Turner-Evans, on your successful thesis defense!
- 2/13/2013: Congratulations to Dr. Davis Darvish on his successful thesis defense!
- 2/13/2013: Congratulations to Dr. Michael Deceglie on his successful thesis defense! We wish him well as he starts his new position at NREL!
- 2/1/2013: The Atwater Group was awarded a $2.4 million grant by ARPA-E to fund their quest to develop ultra-high efficiency photovoltaics. Read about it here!
- 12/11/2012: Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Leenheer on his successful defense!
- 12/3/2012: Congratulations to Dr. Min Seok Jang on his successful thesis defense! We wish him the best of luck at Seoul National University.
- 6/20/2012: The Light-Material Interactions in Energy Conversion EFRC and the Resnick Sustainability Institute are offering a one-day workshop focused on new materials and processes for overcoming the Shockley-Queisser limit of solar energy conversion efficiency. The workshop will be held on Sunday, July 29th at Caltech.
- 5/17/2012: Congratulations to Dr. Harry Atwater and Dr. Albert Polman for receiving the 2012 Eni Award in "Renewable, Non-conventional Energy" for their outstanding contribution to solar energy technology by creating highly efficient, ultra-thin solar cells at reduced construction costs! Learn More Here!
- 2/21/2012: New paper in Nature Materials maps the path forward for ultrahigh efficiency photovoltaics!
- 2/15/2012: Congratulations to Dr. Krista Langeland on her successful thesis defense!
- 1/12/2012: Paper on light trapping beyond the ray optic limit is out! It's described here at Nature.com
The Atwater research group is
engaged in interdisciplinary materials and device research,
spanning photonics and electronics and with applications in
Si-based photonics, plasmonics, renewable energy and mechanically
active thin film devices.
Current Research Areas
Device materials research is interdisciplinary, involving
challenges in applied physics, physics, materials science,
chemistry, electrical and chemical engineering. The members
of the Atwater group includes graduate students, research
fellows and undergraduates from each of these departments.
We also maintain comprehensive experimental facilities for
growth, fabrication and analysis.