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Donations for Milton Feng Scholarship

Attention former graduate students:

Donations are open for the Milton Feng Scholarship in ECE, founded by former alumnus Rich Chan.  You can donate through the department by going to: http://www.ece.illinois.edu/donate/online.asp


Optical Society of America Awards R.W. Wood Prize to Prof. Milton Feng

WPOD3759Congratulations to Professor Feng and all past and current members of the HSIC group for this award!  Overall, the HSIC group has been awarded 16 patents and has published over 50 papers on the light-emitting transistor and transistor laser.

Professor Feng would like to thank all former and current HSIC group members for their efforts.

See the OSA announcement here

850nm Oxide-Confined VCSEL with 40 Gb/s Error Free Data Transmission

Congratulations to Dr. Fei Tan, Mong-Kai Wu, and Michael Liu for their spectacular efforts in developing an oxide-confined VCSEL that can transmit 40 Gb/s error free data rate.  This device is the fastest directly modulated laser (not using a peaked driver circuit) in the United States.40G

50th Anniversary of the LED

ieee_coverThe October 2013 issue of Proc. IEEE features the 50th anniversary of the LED. Take a look at this issue, featuring articles by great Illinois alumni like Nick Holonyak, George Craford, Russ Dupuis, Fred Kish, John Dallesassee, Dennis Deppe, John Rossi, Joy Laskar, Han Wui Then, and Milton Feng.  Of course other non-Illinois alumni are featured as well (Kroemer, Alferov, Iga, Kumagai, Nakamura), and this issue is chock-full of the illustrious history of light-emitting semiconductors. Highly recommended!

Congratulations to Mong-Kai Wu for Cover of Applied Physics Letters

Congratulations to Mong-Kai Wu for his paper, “Voltage modulation of a vertical cavity transistor laser via intra-cavity photon-assisted tunneling,” which was placed on the cover of Volume 101, Issue 8 of Applied Physics Letters.

Congratulations to Donald Cheng: Best Student Paper at CSMANTECH

Congratulations to Dr. Donald Cheng for winning Best Student Paper at CSMANTECH 2011 for his paper titled, “Type-II DHBTs Microwave Characterization and Metallization Issues”.  This paper described the problem of emitter-to-base shorts during the fabrication of Type-II submicron DHBTs.  He presented designs of experiment to identify the problem, as well as the solution to the problem.  Ultimately, the BE shorts were minimized, and devices were fabricated with room temperature current gain cutoff frequency (fT) up to 680 GHz.

Find the award announcement here:  http://www.csmantech.org/Conference%20Information/paperawards.html
Find the award-winning article here: Type-II DHBTs Microwave Characterization and Metallization Issues

Best of luck to our friend Donald at Infinera Corporation.

Transistor Laser is in the News

Two great new articles on the transistor laser were published this month!

From Compound Semiconductor: “The Transistor Laser: A Radical, Revolutionary Device

and from Optics and Photonics News: “The Metamorphosis of a Transistor into a Laser”

HKUST Webcast Lecture on Transistor Laser

Professor Feng gave an invited lecture on the transistor laser at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s Institute for Advanced Study.  He covers the history of its invention, the basic physics of operation, current research results, and future expectations for the novel device.

See the webcast here: Video

Milton Feng Endowed Scholarship Unveiled at 60th Birthday

Milton receives a plaque commemorating the creation of the Milton Feng Endowed Scholarhship

At Professor Feng’s 60th birthday party on July 16th, 2010, Richard Chan unveiled the Milton Feng Endowed Scholarship.  The scholarship was formed through contributions by friends, colleagues, and former students. It was a fitting end to an evening of symposium-style talks, dinner, drinks, and general merrymaking.

Please contact Eric Iverson to inquire about pictures of the event.

UPDATE 2014: If you are interested in donating, please visit the ECE donations page 

HSIC Group Revises Kirchoff’s Law

After discovering a flaw in the 160-year-old circuit theory, Han Wui Then’s Transistor Laser research has revised Kirchoff’s current law to account for optical generation/recombination.  His research enables a simple and intuitive way to view the relationship between electrons and photons in direct semiconductors.

“Transistor-laser breaks Kirchhoff’s Law, rewrites textbooks”: EE Times

“Transistor laser rewrites the rules”: Optics.org

“Redefining Electrical Current Law With the Transistor Laser”: Science Daily

H. Then, M. Feng, and N. Holonyak Jr, “Physics of base charge dynamics in the three port transistor laser,” Applied Physics Letters,  vol. 96, p. 113509, 2010.

H. Then, M. Feng, and N. Holonyak Jr, “Microwave circuit model of the three-port transistor laser,” Journal of Applied Physics,  vol. 107, p. 094509, 2010.