Professor Bahram Jalali

Welcome! This personal page gives an overview of ongoing research activities that I have been involved in over the years. This page complements various official sites such as the one hosted by UCLA’s Electrical Engineering Department. However, this site can be updated rather quickly and therefore offers a convenient venue to share various materials I find interesting. Please feel free to email me your thoughts and comments as I would enjoy linking to additional materials of interest to the community.
Professor Jalali is the Northrop-Grumman Optoelectronics Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA with joint appointments in the Biomedical Engineering Department, California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) and the UCLA School of Medicine Department of Surgery. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Columbia University in 1989 and was with Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey until 2002 before coming to UCLA. He is a Fellow of IEEE, the Optical Society of America (OSA), and the American Physical Society (APS). He is the recipient of the R.W. Wood Prize from Optical Society of America for the invention and demonstration of the first Silicon Laser. In 2005 he was elected into the Scientific American Top 50. He has published over 300 papers and holds 9 patents.

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Prof. Bahram Jalali, Ph.D.
68-109 Engineering IV
Office: (310) 825-9655
Fax: (310) 206-2239
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Research Interests

  • Silicon Photonics
  • High Throughput Real-time Instruments
  • Analog to Digital Conversion
  • Biomedical Diagnostics
  • Rare Events and Extreme Value Statistics
  • Microwave Photonics

Awards and Recognition

  • 2012 Aron Kressel Award, IEEE photonics society
  • 2012 Distinguished Engineering Achievement Award, The Engineers’ Council
  • 2011 Fellow, American Physical Society
  • 2007 R.W. Wood Prize
  • 2005 “Scientific American 50”
  • 2004 Fellow, Optical Society of America
  • 2003 Best Paper Award, First ADC Forum (IMTC)
  • 2003 Fellow, IEEE
  • 2001 BridgeGate 20 Award
    The award recognizes executives who are “difference makers” in Southern California’s information technology and new media communities.
  • 1998 IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optical Society Distinguished Lecturer Award

Silicon Photonics Accomplishments

  • 1991: THz emission from silicon diodes.
    L. Xu, et al., APL December 1991.
  • 1997: Arrayed Waveguide Grating (AWG) in silicon.
    P.D. Trinh, PTL, July 1997.
  • 2002: spontaneous Raman emission from silicon chips.
    R. Claps, et al. OE, November 2002
  • 2003: Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS)
    R. Claps, et al. OE, November 2003.
  • 2003: 3D Sculpting of Nanophotonic structures via SIMOX
    P. Koonath, et al., APL 2003.
  • 2004: Silicon Raman laser.
    O. Boyraz et al, OE, October 2004.
    B. Jalali, Making silicon lase, Scientific American, February 2007.
  • 2004: Continuum Generation
    O. Boyraz et al., OE, August 2004
  • 2006: nonlinear photovoltaic effect and energy harvesting.
    S. Fathpour, et al. APL, August 2006.
  • 2007 mid infrared amplification
    V. Raghunathan, et al. OE, October 2007.
  • 2007: Inverse Raman scattering
    D. R. Solli, et al. PRA May 2009.
  • 2009: Extreme Value Statistics in Silicon Photonics
    D. Borlaug, et al., IEEE Photonics, 1(1), p.33, (2009).
  • 2009: Periodic Poled Silicon (PePSi)
    N.K. Hon, APL, 94, 091116( 2009), APL, 94, 159902 (2009).
  • 2010: Raman beam cleanup
    David Borlaug, et al. OE, (2010).
  • 2012: Stimulated supercontinuum generation in silicon.
    Peter DeVore, et al, APL 2012.