• 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
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Rotating Atwater Images - Hit F5 to change 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.

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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.