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Optical Science and
Technology Center

Thomas Boggess

Thomas Boggess
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Physics and Astronomy
124 IATL
Member Since: 

Professor Boggess is a physicist whose research focuses on the use of extremely short pulses of laser light to measure ultrafast electronic phenomena in novel semiconductors. He is also interested in the development of advanced optoelectronic and spintronic devices based on such semiconductors. His research, which has been funded by a broad range of agencies, including NSF, DARPA, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, and private industry, has resulted in more than one hundred refereed and invited journal publications and two patents. He is currently working on a multimillion dollar program with the U.S. Army to develop high-resolution, large format, infrared light-emitting diode arrays that will enable the generation of dynamic thermal images on a chip. He has taught numerous graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of solid-state physics, quantum mechanics, and optics, including several optics courses that he developed. Boggess joined the UI faculty in 1989 and served as chair of his department from 2001-2009. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering.