Martin M. Fejer

Stanford University

Election Year: 2016
Primary Section: 31, Engineering Sciences
Membership Type: Member


Martin Fejer is an applied physicist recognized for his work on nonlinear and guided-wave optics. He is known particularly for the development of microstructured ferroelectrics and semiconductors and the theoretical description of quasi-phasematched nonlinear interactions, which have become the basis for a large class of classical and quantum optical devices. Fejer was born in Chicago, and grew up outside of Buffalo, NY. He graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Physics, and from Stanford University in 1986 with a Ph.D. in Applied Physics, and joined the Applied Physics faculty there that same year. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the Optical Society of America and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Research Interests

Martin Fejer’s group is interested in developing novel microstructured ferroelectrics and semiconductors, and nonlinear optical devices based on them. They have implemented a large variety of quasi-phasematched interactions in these devices; their recent focus has been on quantum frequency conversion devices for manipulating the temporal and spectral structure of single photons, and ultrafast devices for the efficient generation of broadband frequency combs. The group has also had a continuing participation in the Laser Interferometric Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) project, most recently in the development of techniques to reduce the displacement noise in the interferometers.

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