Faculty

Jacob B. Khurgin

Professor

Primary Appointment: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

  • Theoretical and experimental studies of electronic, optical, and magnetic properties of the semiconductors and their heterostructure-quantum wells, and superlattices
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Optical Communication Devices & Systems
  • Metamaterials and Plasmonics
  • Mid-Infrared devices
  • Fundamental Condensed Matter Physics
  • Wide-bandgap semiconductor devices
  • Miniature solid state lasers

Jacob Khurgin, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is known for his diverse and eclectic research in the areas of optics, electronics, condensed matter physics, and telecommunications.

Much of Khurgin’s work lies at the intersection of optics and solid-state electronics. He has focused on an array of topics during his career, including the optics of semiconductor nanostructures, nonlinear optical devices, lasers, optical communications, microwave photonics, and condensed matter physics. His most recent work involves mid-infrared optical frequency combs, metamaterials, optical refrigeration of solids, and phonon engineering for high frequency transistors, to name a few.

The insights that have emerged from his research have led to numerous inventions ranging from small appliances, such as electric shavers and coffeemakers, to sophisticated systems for laser communication and chemical detection. He has published roughly 40 patents to date.

Khurgin has consulted for numerous companies over the years, including Philips Electronics, IBM, AT&T, and Hewlett Packard. His work has been funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Office of Naval Research, National Science Foundation, NASA, and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR).

He is a member of the American Physical Society Joint Council on Quantum Electronics and has served as a technical program committee member for more than 60 academic conferences. He has held visiting professorships at numerous institutions, including Princeton, UCLA, Brown, ETH in Zurich, and Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. He was named a Fellow by the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America.

Khurgin is an associate editor for Optica, a premier journal of Optical Society of America, and has reviewed papers for at least a dozen journals, including Science, Nature, and Proceedings of National Academy of Science. He has published eight book chapters, 340 papers in refereed journals, and a book: “Slow Light – Science and Applications.”

Khurgin earned his BS and MS in Optics from Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1977 and 1979, respectively. He immigrated to the United States in 1980 and spent eight years working as a researcher at Philips Laboratories in New York. He earned a PhD in Electro-Physics from New York University in 1987 and joined Johns Hopkins in 1988.

Awards and Honors

American Physical Society Fellow

Optical Society of America Fellow

Journal Articles
  • Khurgin JB, Bajaj S, Rajan S (2015).  Elastic scattering by hot electrons and apparent lifetime of longitudinal optical phonons in gallium nitride.  Applied Physics Letters.  107(26).
  • Khurgin JB, Sun G, Chen WT, Tsai WY, Tsai DP (2015).  Ultrafast Thermal Nonlinearity.  Scientific Reports.  5.
  • Khurgin JB, Stievater TH, Pruessner MW, Rabinovich WS (2015).  On the origin of the second-order nonlinearity in strained Si-SiN structures.  Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics.  32(12).  2494-2499.
  • Khurgin J, Sun G, Chen WT, Tsai W, Tsai DP (2015).  Ultrafast Thermal Nonlinearity.  SCIENTIFIC REPORTS.  5.
  • Khurgin J, Stievater TH, Pruessner MW, Rabinovich WS (2015).  On the origin of the second-order nonlinearity in strained Si-SiN structures.  JOURNAL OF THE OPTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA B-OPTICAL PHYSICS.  32(12).  2494-2499.
  • Khurgin JB, Sun G (2015).  Impact of surface collisions on enhancement and quenching of the luminescence near the metal nanoparticles.  Optics Express.  23(24).  30379-30748.
  • Spencer DT, Davenport M, Srinivasan S, Khurgin J, Morton PA, Bowers JE (2015).  Low kappa, narrow bandwidth Si3N4 Bragg gratings.  Optics Express.  23(23).  30329-30336.
  • Spencer DT, Davenport M, Srinivasan S, Khurgin J, Morton PA, Bowers JE (2015).  An experimental and theoretical comparison of different narrow linewidth bragg gratings.  2015 IEEE Photonics Conference, IPC 2015.  382-383.
  • Stievater TH, Pruessner MW, Rabinovich WS, Park D, Mahon R, Kozak DA, Boos JB, Holmstrom SA, Khurgin J (2015).  Suspended photonic waveguide devices.  APPLIED OPTICS.  54(31).  F164-F173.
  • Khurgin J, Sun G (2015).  Impact of surface collisions on enhancement and quenching of the luminescence near the metal nanoparticles.  OPTICS EXPRESS.  23(24).  30739-30748.
  • Stievater TH, Pruessner MW, Rabinovich WS, Park D, Mahon R, Kozak DA, Boos JB, Holmstrom SA, Khurgin JB (2015).  Suspended photonic waveguide devices.  Applied Optics.  54(31).  F164-F173.
  • Spencer DT, Davenport M, Srinivasan S, Khurgin J, Morton PA, Bowers JE (2015).  Low kappa, narrow bandwidth Si3N4 Bragg gratings.  OPTICS EXPRESS.  23(23).  30329-30336.
  • Bajaj S, Shoron OF, Park PS, Krishnamoorthy S, Akyol F, Hung TH, Reza S, Chumbes EM, Khurgin J, Rajan S (2015).  Density-dependent electron transport and precise modeling of GaN high electron mobility transistors.  Applied Physics Letters.  107(15).
  • Bajaj S, Shoron OF, Park PS, Krishnamoorthy S, Akyol F, Hung T, Reza S, Chumbes EM, Khurgin J, Rajan S (2015).  Density-dependent electron transport and precise modeling of GaN high electron mobility transistors.  APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS.  107(15).
  • Yu H, Talukdar D, Xu W, Khurgin JB, Xiong Q (2015).  Charge-Induced Second-Harmonic Generation in Bilayer WSe<inf>2</inf>.  Nano Letters.  15(8).  5653-5657.
  • Desiatov B, Mazurski N, Shappir J, Khurgin JB, Levy U (2015).  Hot electron schottky detection based on internal photoemission in silicon structures.  Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe - Technical Digest.  2015-August.
  • Yang Z, Zhang Y, Krishnamoorthy S, Nath DN, Khurgin JB, Rajan S (2015).  Modeling and experimental demonstration of sub-10 nm base III-nitride tunneling hot electron transistors.  Device Research Conference - Conference Digest, DRC.  2015-August.  53-54.
  • Bajaj S, Shoron OF, Park PS, Krishnamoorthy S, Akyol F, Hung TH, Reza S, Chumbes EM, Khurgin JB, Rajan S (2015).  Density-dependent electron transport for accurate modeling of AlGaN/GaN HEMTs.  Device Research Conference - Conference Digest, DRC.  2015-August.  33-34.
  • Yu H, Talukdar D, Xu W, Khurgin J, Xiong Q (2015).  Charge-Induced Second-Harmonic Generation in Bilayer WSe2.  NANO LETTERS.  15(8).  5653-5657.
  • Khurgin J (2015).  Two-dimensional exciton-polariton-light guiding by transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers.  OPTICA.  2(8).  740-742.
  • Sun G, Chen R, Ding YJ, Khurgin JB (2015).  Upconversion due to optical-phonon-assisted anti-stokes photoluminescence in bulk GaN.  ACS Photonics.  2(5).  628-632.
  • Yang Z, Nath DN, Zhang Y, Khurgin JB, Rajan S (2015).  Common emitter current and voltage gain in III-nitride tunneling hot electron transistors.  IEEE Electron Device Letters.  36(5).  436-438.
  • Sun G, Chen R, Ding YJ, Khurgin J (2015).  Upconversion Due to Optical-Phonon-Assisted Anti-Stokes Photoluminescence in Bulk GaN.  ACS PHOTONICS.  2(5).  628-632.
  • Yang Z, Nath DN, Zhang Y, Khurgin J, Rajan S (2015).  Common Emitter Current and Voltage Gain in III-Nitride Tunneling Hot Electron Transistors.  IEEE ELECTRON DEVICE LETTERS.  36(5).  436-438.
  • Desiatov B, Goykhman I, Mazurski N, Shappir J, Khurgin J, Levy U (2015).  Plasmonic enhanced silicon pyramids for internal photoemission Schottky detectors in the near-infrared regime.  OPTICA.  2(4).  335-338.
  • Khurgin J (2015).  Prospects and merits of metal-clad semiconductor lasers from nearly UV to far IR.  OPTICS EXPRESS.  23(4).  4186-4194.
  • Yang Z, Zhang Y, Nath DN, Khurgin JB, Rajan S (2015).  Current gain in sub-10 nm base GaN tunneling hot electron transistors with AlN emitter barrier.  Applied Physics Letters.  106(3).
  • Khurgin J (2015).  Ultimate limit of field confinement by surface plasmon polaritons.  FARADAY DISCUSSIONS.  178.  109-122.
  • García De Abajo FJ, Sapienza R, Noginov M, Benz F, Baumberg J, Maier S, Graham D, Aizpurua J, Ebbesen T, Pinchuk A, Khurgin J, Matczyszyn K, Hugall JT, Van Hulst N, Dawson P, Roberts C, Nielsen M, Bursi L, Flatté M, Yi J, Hess O, Engheta N, Brongersma M, Podolskiy V, Shalaev V, Narimanov E, Zayats A (2015).  Plasmonic and new plasmonic materials: General discussion.  Faraday Discussions.  178.  123-149.
  • Islam M, Lay J, Wang CC, Trivedi S, Samuels A, Khurgin J, Sen-Choa F (2015).  Combined microphone array and lock-in amplifier operations for outdoor photo-Acoustic sensing.  Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering.  9486.
  • Khurgin JB (2015).  Prospects and merits of metal-clad semiconductor lasers from nearly UV to far IR.  Optics Express.  23(4).  4186-4194.
  • Khurgin J (2015).  How to deal with the loss in plasmonics and metamaterials.  NATURE NANOTECHNOLOGY.  10(1).  2-6.
  • Desiatov B, Mazurski N, Shappir J, Khurgin JB, Levy U (2015).  Hot electron schottky detection based on internal photoemission in silicon structures.  CLEO: QELS - Fundamental Science, CLEO_QELS 2015.  1551p.
  • Yang Z, Zhang Y, Nath DN, Khurgin J, Rajan S (2015).  Current gain in sub-10nm base GaN tunneling hot electron transistors with AlN emitter barrier.  APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS.  106(3).
  • Baumberg J, Nielsen M, Bozhevolnyi S, Podolskiy V, Ebbesen T, Lin K, Kornyshev AA, Khurgin J, Hutchison J, Matczyszyn K, George J, Cortes E, Hugall JT, Salomon A, Dawson P, Martin O, Kotni S, García De Abajo FJ, Flatté M, Moskovits M, Graham D, Maier S, Futamata M, Oh SH, Aizpurua J, Schultz Z, Sapienza R (2015).  Surface plasmon enhanced spectroscopies and time and space resolved methods: General discussion.  Faraday Discussions.  178.  253-279.
  • Pattanaik HS, Reichert M, Khurgin JB, Hagan DJ, Van Stryland EW (2015).  Extremely Nondegenerate Two-photon Absorption Enhancement in Quantum Well (QW) Semiconductors.  Nonlinear Optics, NLO 2015.
  • Khurgin JB (2015).  Ultimate limit of field confinement by surface plasmon polaritons.  Faraday Discussions.  178.  109-122.
  • Khurgin JB (2015).  How to deal with the loss in plasmonics and metamaterials.  Nature Nanotechnology.  10(1).  2-6.
Conference Proceedings
  • Islam M, Lay J, Wang C, Trivedi S, Samuels A, Khurgin J, Sen-Choa F (2015).  Combined Microphone Array and Lock-in Amplifier Operations for Out DoorPhoto-acoustic Sensing.  ADVANCED ENVIRONMENTAL, CHEMICAL, AND BIOLOGICAL SENSING TECHNOLOGIESXII.
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