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Professor Arash Mafi

Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Professor of Physics and Astronomy

 

The primary focus of the Photonics Research Group, headed by Dr. Arash Mafi, is on the application of theoretical, computational, and experimental methods for cutting-edge research in photonics, especially on nonlinear and quantum aspects of guided-wave optics. The research focuses on integrating fundamental science and application at the intersection of quantum nonlinear optics and complexity. The research group has access to advanced computational and experimental facilities at the Center for High Technology Materials and Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of New Mexico and benefits from several on-going collaborations with other academic institutions and industry.

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Arash Mafi, Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Physics & Astronomy.

Research Interests

  • Optics and photonics: Theoretical, computational, and experimental; Guided-wave and fiber optics.
  • Image transport using transverse Anderson localization; Wave propagation in random media.
  • Laser and nonlinear properties of Anderson localization optical fibers.
  • Quantum and nonlinear behavior of optical waveguides.
  • Entangled pair generation in optical waveguides for quantum communications.
  • Solid-state laser cooling of glasses.
  • High power fiber lasers: Radiation-balanced fiber lasers.
  • Linear and nonlinear multimode interference devices.
  • Gain-guided index-antiguided fiber lasers and amplifiers; Beam quality analysis.
  • Optical communications.

Professional Experience

  • July 2021 - Present, Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of New Mexico.
  • July 2016 - July 2021, Director, Center for High Technology Materials, University of New Mexico.
  • December 2015 - August 2016, General Chair, Optical Science and Engineering Program, University of New Mexico.
  • July 2018 - Present, Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of New Mexico.
  • August 2014 - July 2018, Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of New Mexico.
  • August 2013 - August 2014, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • August 2008 - August 2013, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • April 2005 - August 2008, Senior Research Scientist, Science & Technology, Optics & Communications, Corning Incorporated, Corning, New York.
  • August 2001 - March 2005, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Optical Sciences Center, Arizona Center for Mathematical Sciences, and Physics, University of Arizona.

News

 Mafi and colleagues receive a $2.5M award to establish a Directed Energy Center.

Research team demonstrates the first solid-state laser cooling of silica.

 Mafi named 2020 SPIE Fellow.

Mafi named 2018 Optical Society Fellow, "for pioneering contributions to fundamental understanding of quantum and nonlinear behavior of optical waveguides, light propagation in disordered media and development of Anderson-localizing optical fibers."

UNM scientists awarded $7.5 million for laser research.

Physics World Top 10 Breakthrough 2014Physics World Top 10 Breakthrough 2014: Research team's work on using disordered fibers to transmit images has been selected by Physics World of the Institute of Physics (IOP) as one of their Top 10 Breakthroughs in Physics in 2014.

 Research team publishes first demonstration of image transport through Anderson localized fiber is published in Nature Communications, 5 3362 (2014).

Dr. Mafi receives the Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (2013).

Physics World 2014 Top Ten List

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Disorder sharpens optical-fibre images
Disorder sharpens optical-fibre images

To Arash Mafi and colleagues at the University of New Mexico, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Corning Inc. and Clemson University, all in the US, for using the phenomenon of "Anderson localization" to create a better optical fibre for transmitting images.

Disorder in an optical fibre usually blurs transmitted images, but Mafi and colleagues have shown that by putting the right kind of disorder in the right place, the ability of a fibre to transmit sharp images can be enhanced. Indeed, their prototype produced a sharper image than the best available commercial imaging fibres. The technique involves using Anderson localization of light.