Konstantin Vodopyanov MIR Group

Our group develops groundbreaking techniques for producing mid-IR (MIR) and terahertz (THz) coherent radiation and explores their diverse applications. The areas of research embrace generation of ultra-broadband MIR-THz frequency combs and study of their coherence properties, applying dual-frequency-comb MIR-THz spectroscopy for high-resolution measurements and ultrasensitive gas-phase molecular detection. We also explore THz imaging via up-conversion of THz photons, as well as applications of lasers and frequency combs for bio-medical research.

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Latest News

  • Aug 2022.  Our paper: Taiki Kawamori, Peter Schunemann, Vitaly Gruzdev,and Konstantin Vodopyanov “High-order (N = 4–6) multiphoton absorption and mid-infrared Kerr nonlinearity in GaP, ZnSe, GaSe, and ZGP crystals ” – is published in APL Photonics [APL Photon. 7, 086101 (2022)].
  • March 2022. A review paper was published: K. L. Vodopyanov, “Ultra-broadband mid-infrared frequency combs produced by optical subharmonic generation”, Quantum Electronics 52, 307-312 (2022). 
  • January 2022. Woraprach Kusolthossakul joins the group as a graduate student. 
  • Nov 10, 2021. Taiki Kawamori defended his PhD thesis in Optics and Photonics: “Nonlinear Light-Matter Interactions in Novel Crystals for Broadband Mid-Infrared Generation”.
  • Oct. 2021. Konstantin Vodopyanov is featured in the  Pegasus, The Magazine of the University of Central Florida link
  • June 2021. Dmitrii Konnov successfully completes the Dissertation Proposal Examination.
  • Feb 2021,  our paper Q. Ru, T. Kawamori, P. G. Schunemann, S. Vasilyev, S. B. Mirov, and K. L. Vodopyanov, “Two-octave-wide (3–12 µm) subharmonic produced in a minimally dispersive optical parametric oscillator cavity” is published in Opt. Lett. and highlighted as an “Editors’ Pick” , link
  • Aug 2020, our paper V. Karlovets, I.E. Gordon, D. Konnov, A.V. Muraviev, K.L. Vodopyanov,  “Dual-Comb Laser Spectroscopy of CS2 near 4.6 µm”  is published in the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer (JQSRT) , link
  • August 2020, a monograph by Konstantin Vodopyanov “Laser-based Mid-infrared Sources and Applications” is published (Wiley, 2020).  link
  • August 2020, Ozarfar Gafarov joins the group as a postdoctoral scholar.
  • July 2020. Taiki Kawamori  successfully completes the Dissertation Proposal Examination.
  • July 2020. Dmitrii Konnov successfully completes the Candidacy Examination.
  • March 2020, a chapter by Konstantin Vodopyanov “Isotopologues Detection and Quantitative Analysis by Mid‐Infrared Dual‐Comb Laser Spectroscopy” is published in the Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry (Wiley, 2020).  link
  • July 3, 2019. Qitian Ru defended his PhD thesis in Optics and Photonics: “Broadband Mid-infrared Frequency Combs Generated via Frequency Division”.
  • June 3, 2019. Dmitrii Konnov passes CREOL PhD Qualifying Examination (the ‘Qualifier’).
  • March 27, 2019. Qitian Ru became the winner of the UCF Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition and walked away with a 1000-dollar prize.  There were 10 finalists and they were judged on the ability to effectively convey the essence and importance of their research in an engaging way to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes, with one PowerPoint slide. Qitian will continue competing on the national level.
  • March 2019. Qitian Ru is on the front page of the 2019 CREOL Industrial Affiliates Symposium booklet.
  • March 2019. Taiki Kawamori  passes CREOL candidacy exam.
  • February 2019. Our paper was published in Optica:  T. Tomberg et al. “Background-free broadband absorption spectroscopy based on interferometric suppression with a sign-inverted waveform”,  Optica 6, 147-151 (2019).
  • January 2019. Qitian Ru  passes CREOL dissertation proposal exam.
  • January 2019. Our paper was published in Optica:  S. Vasilyev et al. “Super-octave longwave mid-infrared coherent transients produced by optical rectification of few-cycle 2.5-μm pulses”, Optica 6, 111-114 (2019).
  • August 2018. Dmitrii Konnov joins the group as a graduate student. 
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Laser-based Mid-infrared Sources and Applications gives a comprehensive overview of the existing methods for generating coherent light in the important yet difficult-to-reach mid-infrared region of the spectrum (2–20 μm) and their applications.

The book describes major approaches for mid-infrared light generation including ion-doped solid-state lasers, fiber lasers, semiconductor lasers, and laser sources based on nonlinear optical frequency conversion, and reviews a range of applications: spectral recognition of molecules and trace gas sensing, biomedical and military applications, high-field physics and attoscience, and others. Every chapter starts with the fundamentals for a given technique that enables self-directed study, while extensive references help conduct deeper research.

Laser-based Mid-infrared Sources and Applications provides up-to-date information on the state-of the art mid-infrared sources, discusses in detail the advancements made over the last two decades such as microresonators and interband cascade lasers, and explores novel approaches that are currently subjects of intense research such as supercontinuum and frequency combs generation. This important book:

• Explains the fundamental principles and major techniques for coherent mid-infrared light generation

• Discusses recent advancements and current cutting-edge research in the field

• Highlights important biomedical, environmental, and military applications

Group meetings are on Fridays, 9:30-11:00, Room 320 CREOL building (or on Zoom).

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Lectures on nonlinear optics

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