Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science - Applied Physics

Faculty

Axel Scherer

Axel Scherer

Bernard Neches Professor of Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics and Physics

Degrees and Appointments

B.S., New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 1981; M.S., 1982; Ph.D., 1985. Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Caltech, 1993-95; Professor, 1995; Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics, 1995-96; Professor of Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, and Physics, 1996-2000; Neches Professor, 2000-. Director, Kavli Nanoscience Institute, 2006-08; Co-Director, 2008-11.

Email: etchercaltech.edu

216 Powell-Booth Computing Center MC 200-79 Pasadena, CA 91125

Assistant(s)

Research Group Matters
Kathryn Finigan
215 Powell-Booth Computing Center
(626) 395-4585
kate@its.caltech.edu

Research Group Website Personal Website

Research Overview

Professor Scherer's group focuses on the application of microfabrication to integrated microsystems. Recently, his group has specialized on developing sensors and diagnostic tools that can be used for low-cost point-of-care disease detection as well as precision health monitoring.

Professor Scherer has pioneered microcavity lasers and filters, and now his group works on integration of microfluidic chips with electronic, photonic and magnetic sensors. His group has also developed silicon nanophotonics and surface plasmon enhanced light emitting diodes, and has perfected the fabrication and characterization of ultra-small structures by lithography and electron microscopy.

Presently, his group works on integration of microfluidic chips with electronic, photonic and magnetic sensors. His group has also developed silicon nanophotonics and surface plasmon enhanced light emitting diodes, and has perfected the fabrication and characterization of ultra-small structures by lithography and electron microscopy.

List of Research Areas

Silicon photonics for agile optical data communications systems with 100Gb/s bandwidth.

Sample to answer point of care diagnostic tools for rapid and fully automated disease detection.

Implantable wireless health monitors.

Wireless resistivity, temperature and pressure probes for oilfield environments.

Nanostructure fabrication below 10nm and bandgap engineered structures in silicon.

Plasmonic sensing of biomolecules.

Miniaturization of vacuum tube technology.

Optical strain gauges.


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