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Mark Foster Receives CAREER Award

February 7, 2013

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Mark Foster, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, which recognizes the highest level of excellence in early-stage scholars.

The five-year, $400,000 grant will help enable Foster, who works in the area of nonlinear optics and ultrafast lasers, to continue his work developing a high-speed imaging system designed to continuously record images at a rate of more than 100 million frames per second. This system would be the fastest video device ever created – 100 times faster than any current technology – and could eventually be used for cell screening for disease prediction, as well as to observe scientific phenomena that occurs at a very fast rate. In the picture above, Foster’s team sent infrared light through an electro-optic switch and a device similar to a liquid crystal display to encode a complex pattern onto its spectrum. Researchers are encoding patterns [at a rate of 11.5 billion features per second] onto the light spectrum in order to gather images or microwave signals at an ultrafast rate – as fast as 90 million measurements per second.

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