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Dr. Konstantin L. Vodopyanov

Dr. Konstantin L. Vodopyanov

21st Century Scholar Chair & Professor of Optics & Photonics, and Physics

Mid-Infrared Combs Group

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Konstantin L. Vodopyanov obtained his MS from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology ("Phys-Tech") and his PhD and DSc (Habilitation) from the Oscillations Lab. of Lebedev Physical Institute (later General Physics Inst.), led by Nobel Prize winner Alexander Prokhorov.  Konstantin served an assistant professor at the Moscow Phys-Tech (1985-90), an Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow at the University of Bayreuth in Germany (1990-92), and as a Royal Society postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at Imperial College, London, UK (1992-98). In 1998, he moved to the United States and became head of the laser group at Inrad, Inc., NJ (1998-2000), and later director of mid-IR systems at Picarro, Inc.,CA (2000-2003). His other industry experience includes co-founding and providing technical guidance for several US and European companies. In 2003 he returned to Academia (Stanford University, 2003-2013) and is now a 21st Century Scholar Chair & Professor of Optics at CREOL, College of Optics & Photonics, Univ. Central Florida. Dr. Vodopyanov is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), Optical Society of America (OSA), SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, UK Institute of Physics (IOP). He has > 350 technical publications and is member of program committees for several major laser conferences including CLEO (most recent, General Chair in 2010) and Photonics West (Conference Chair). His research interests include nonlinear optics, mid-IR and terahertz-wave generation, ultra broadband frequency combs and their spectroscopic and biomedical applications.

Awards & Honors

American Physical Society (APS) Fellow
International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Fellow
Optical Society of America (OSA) Fellow
United Kingdom’s Institute of Physics (IOP) Fellow

Recent Publications

Qitian Ru; Taiki Kawamori; Nathaniel Lee; Xuan Chen; Kai Zhong; Mike Mirov; Sergey Vasilyev; Sergey B. Mirov; Konstantin L. Vodopyanov
"Optical parametric oscillation in a random poly-crystalline medium: ZnSe ceramic"
Proc. SPIE 10516, Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials and Devices XVII, 1051615 (15 February 2018)
Z.E. Loparo, J.G. Lopez, S. Neupane, W.P. Partridge Jr., K.L. Vodopyanov, and S.S. Vasu
"Fuel-rich n-heptane oxidation: A shock tube and laser absorption study"
Combustion and Flame 185, pp. 220–233
Q. Ru, Z. E. Loparo, X. Zhang, S. Crystal, S.S. Vasu, P. G. Schunemann, and K.L. Vodopyanov
"Self-referenced octave-wide subharmonic GaP optical parametric oscillator centered at 3 µm and pumped by an Er-fiber laser"
Optics Letters, 42(1), pp. 4756-4759
F. Gou, F. Peng, Q. Ru, Y.-H. Lee, H. Chen, Z. He, T. Zhan, K.L. Vodopyanov, and S.T. Wu
"Mid-wave infrared beam steering based on high-efficiency liquid crystal diffractive waveplates"
Optics Express, 25(19), pp. 22404-22410
Q. Ru, N. Lee, X. Chen, K. Zhong, G. Tsoy, M. Mirov, S. Vasilyev, S. B. Mirov, and K.L. Vodopyanov
"Optical parametric oscillation in a random polycrystalline medium"
Optica, 4(6), pp. 617-618
G. Venus, V. Smirnov, O. Mokhun, W.W. Bewley, C.D. Merritt, C.L. Canedy, C.S. Kim, M. Kim, I. Vurgaftman, J. Meyer, K.L. Vodopyanov, and L.B. Glebov
"Spectral narrowing and stabilization of interband cascade laser by volume Bragg grating."
Advanced High-Power Lasers and Beam Control Conference. June 27-30, 2016. Colorado Springs, CO.
Z.E. Loparo, J.G. Lopez, S. Neupane, S.S. Vasu, W.P. Partridge, and K.L. Vodopyanov
"Time-resolved measurements of intermediate concentrations in fuel-rich N-heptane oxidation behind reflected shock waves"
ASME Turbo Expo: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition, 4A
K.L. Vodopyanov
"Coherent mid-infrared sources and applications "
Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), San Jose, California, Short Course
Q. Ru, K. Zhong, N.P. Lee, Z.E. Loparo, P.G. Schunemann, S. Vasilyev, S.B. Mirov, and K.L. Vodopyanov
"Instantaneous spectral span of 2.85 - 8.40 µm achieved in a Cr:ZnS laser pumped subharmonic GaAs OPO"
Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), San Jose, California, SM4M.3
Q. Ru, Z.E. Loparo, X. Zhang, S. Crystal, S. Vasu, P.G. Schunemann, and K.L. Vodopyanov
"Octave-wide gallium phosphide OPO centered at 3 µm and pumped by an Er-fiber"
Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), San Jose, California, SM4M.2


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