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Mani Hossein-Zadeh (PI)
Prior to joining CHTM and ECE department at UNM, Mani Hossein-Zadeh held a postdoctoral appointment in Applied Physics department at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) where he worked on fluidic optical resonators, optomechanical oscillator, free microtoroid optical resonators and optomechanical interaction in ultra-high-Q (UH-Q) optical microresonators. His work on free microtoroids has demonstrated the possibility of combining UH-Q optical microtoroid resonators with different photonic platforms and employing them in applications such as multi-pole optical filters and sensors. Dr Hossein-Zadeh characterized different aspects of the microtoroid optomechanical oscillator (the first and only micro-mechanical oscillator driven by light pressure) and demonstrated its application in RF-photonics. During his PhD studies at Viterbi school of engineering (Univeristy of Southern California), he made major contribution in the development of the first electro-optic microdisk modulator. Dr Hossein-Zadeh designed and demonstrated the first photonic RF receiver based on high-Q electro-optic microdisk modulator. This technology that may eliminate the need for high-speed electronics in certain wireless receivers, was transferred to NASA for further development and packaging. Dr. Hossein-Zadeh was the recipient of a two-year postdoctoral fellowship from Center for Physics of Information at California Institute of Technology. His work on photonic microdisk RF receiver and UH-Q microtoroid resonators have been funded by Army Research Office (DARPA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Hughes Research Laboratories (HRL) and National Science Foundation (NSF).
After joining UNM he continued
his work on RF-Photonics (devices/techniques), Optical cavities (fabrication,
physics, application) and Optomechanical interaction (physics, application). He
has studied and demonstrated various photonic techniques such as mass sensing
with optomechanical oscillation (sub-pg sensitivity), optomechanical radio
receiver, low-power photonic control of microwave resonance, Faraday effect in
WGM optical cavities, thermo-optical oscillation in hybrid optical cavities,
high-Q Mid-IR WGM microlasers, and novel resonant photonic biosensing
techniques. At UNM his research has been funded by AFOSR, NSF and UNM OVPR.
In 2011, he received the NSF CAREER award for his proposal titled “Radiation Pressure Based Optomechanical RF Signal Processing and Sensing” and the "Distinguished Teacher Award" from UNM ECE department.
His research interests include photonic/microwave-photonic devices and their application in communication, signal processing, biosensing and fundamental physics. Specifically he is interested to explore the physics and applications of optical, mechanical and RF resonators.He is a senior member of IEEE, seniro member of OSA and a member of SPIE.