Author: WANG Hui |
In this Information Age, computers and mobile phones are important carriers of data transmission and many scientists work hard to speed up that process. Professor Peter Delfyett of the University of Central Florida has done just that. A member of the US National Academy of Engineering, he developed the world’s fastest and most powerful mode-locked semiconductor laser. I have known Professor Delfyett since 2011, when he took part in the CIOMP-OSA International Summer Session. His sincere and friendly attitude, humorous and optimistic nature and excellent academic style left a deep impression. Driven by curiosity, human beings are constantly exploring the unknown, and asking questions. Einstein once suggested, defining what the problem is can be more important than solving it. And this is what Professor Delfyett has been advocating: pursue the ultimate academic goal, ask questions, believe in yourself and never give up. In addition, he has been striving to integrate industry and scientific research, so that scientific research results can truly benefit mankind. And now, please follow Light People to the latest cutting-edge progress in optics.
Biography: Peter Delfyett received his B.E. (E.E.) degree from the City College of New York (1981), M.S. degree from the University of Rochester (1983), and M. Phil and Ph.D. degrees from the Graduate School & University Center of the City University of New York (1988). After obtaining his Ph.D. degree, he joined Bell Communication Research as a member of the Technical Staff, where he concentrated his efforts towards generating ultrafast high power optical pulses from semiconductor diode lasers for applications in ultra-wide bandwidth optical signal processing and communications. In 1993, he moved to University of Central Florida. In 2003, Dr. Delfyett founded “Raydiance, Inc.” a spin-off company developing high power, ultrafast laser systems. He is a Fellow of the APS, IEEE, NAI, NSBP, Optica, and SPIE. He is also the recipient of the NSF PECASE Award, the APS Edward Bouchet Award, the 2014 Medalist from the Florida Academy of Science. Most recently, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for contributions to the development and commercialization of low-noise, high-power ultrafast semiconductor lasers. He has over 800 scientific publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings and 45 US patents.