Rolf Binder

  • Faculty Affiliation: OSC Professor
  • Research Specialty: Optical Physics
Professor of Optical Sciences
Professor of Physics
Email Address: 
binder@optics.arizona.edu
Office Location: 
Meinel 632
Mailing Address: 

College of Optical Sciences
The University of Arizona
1630 E. University Blvd.
P.O. Box 210094
Tucson, AZ 85721-0094

Phone Number: 
520-621-2892
Fax: 
520-621-4358
Education: 
  • Ph.D., Technical University of Dortmund (Germany), 1988
  • M.S., Technical University of Dortmund (Germany), 1985
Employment: 
  • Professor: The University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, 2005-present
  • Professor: The University of Arizona, Department of Physics, 2005-present
  • Associate Professor: The University of Arizona, Department of Physics, 2004-2005
  • Associate Professor: The University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, 2000-2005
  • Assistant Professor: The University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, 1994-2000
  • Assistant Research Professor: The University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, 1993-1994
  • Associate Research Scientist: The University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, 1992-1993
  • Research Associate: The University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, 1989-1991
  • Research Assistant: The University of Dortmund (Germany), 1985-1988
  • Teaching Assistant: The University of Dortmund (Germany), 1984-1987
Professional Affiliations and Activities: 
  • American Physical Society: Member
  • Deutsch Physikalische Gesellschaft: Member
  • Fundamental Optical Processes in Semiconductors Conference: Program Committee, Member, 2007-2012
  • International Workshop on Nonlinear Optics and Excitation Kinetics in Semiconductors: Program Committee, Member, 2006
  • The Optical Society (OSA): Member
  • OSA: New Focus/Bookham Student Award, Committee, Member, 2005-2006
  • OSA: Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and International Quantum Electronics Conference, Program Committee, Member, 2004
  • OSA: Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and Quantum Electronics and Laser Science, Program Committee, Member, 2005-2006
  • SPIE: Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices Conference, Committee Member, 1997-2002
  • SPIE: Laser Refrigeration of Solids Conference, Program Committee, Member, 2008-2012
Awards and Honors: 
  • American Physical Society: Outstanding Referee, 2009
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft: Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Graduiertenfoerderung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany: Fellowship
  • The Optical Society (OSA): Fellow, 2007
Specific Research Interests: 
  • Semiconductor optics.
  • Many-particle physics.
  • Excitons.
  • Biexcitons.
  • Nonlinear optical response.
  • Non-equilibrium Green's functions.
  • Feynman diagrams.
  • Density-matrix and dynamics-controlled truncation.
  • Four-wave mixing.
  • Optical instabilities.
  • Quantum wells.
  • Nanomembranes.
  • Stress and strain.
  • Structural analysis.
  • Microcavities.
  • Nonlinear absorption.
  • Ultrafast processes.
  • Electromagnetically induced transparency.
  • Electron relaxation.
  • Dynamic screening.
  • Thermalization.
  • Luminescence spectra.
  • Slow light.
  • Fast light.
  • Light forces.
  • Optical refrigeration.
  • Laser cooling of solids.
  • Optical fibers.
  • Heat transport.
Research Summary: 

The main research focus in our group is on theoretical investigations of the optical properties of semiconductor structures. Our fundamental theoretical investigations of semiconductors are based on microscopic quantum-mechanical many-body theories and include ultrafast nonlinear optical processes in bulk semiconductors and quantum-well structures. Recent examples of research projects include electromagnetically-induced transparency, slow light effects in semiconductor heterostructures, nonlinear spectroscopy and applications of Bragg-spaced multiple quantum wells, optical refrigeration of semiconductors, optical four-wave mixing instabilities in semiconductor quantum wells systems, including microcavities, and excitonic response of semiconductor nanomembranes. In addition to the semiconductor research, we are investigating optical refrigeration in optical fibers.

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