Prof. Gmachl received one of the first two awards from the Schmidt Fund. Prof. Claire Gmachl will collaborate with Prof. Gerard Wysocki to develop fingertip sensors for diabetics building on Gmachl’s work on the development of quantum cascade lasers and Wysocki's expertise in the development of highly sensitive, compact optical sensor systems. The Schmidt Fund was established in 2009 by Google CEO and Princeton
Quantum Cascade lasers are miniscule semiconductor lasers that consist of many atomic layer-thin sheets of two alternating semiconductor materials. The precise thickness sequence of the layers turns the mix of two materials into a new 'designer' laser material that can be engineered to emit light at almost any wavelength in the mid- and long-wave infrared region.
Prof. Gerard Wysocki is one of three recipients of the E. Lawrence Keyes, Jr. Emerson Electric Co. Faculty Advancement Award given to young faculty members who have created exciting teaching and research programs early in their careers at Princeton.
Claire Gmachl, professor of electrical engineering, has been named Eugene Higgins Professor in Engineering. Gmachl conducts research on the development of new quantum devices, especially Quantum Cascade lasers, and their optimization for sensor systems and their applications for the environment and health. Gmachl is also the director of MIRTHE, the NSF Engineering Research Center on Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment.