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Microphysics Laboratory Newsletter

The Microphysics Laboratory (MPL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago is currently the only university laboratory in the U.S. performing fundamental research on HgCdTe (also known as MCT) by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) since its inception in early 1980s. It is a center for applied physics research with an emphasis on II-VI materials and devices for infrared sensing and imaging and photovoltaic cells. Dr. Siva Sivananthan is the director of MPL since 1994 and has worked in semiconductors and infrared and night vision detector technology, helping to pioneer the synthesis of the now-dominant high-end infrared detecting/ night vision semiconductor material, MCT. MPL's research is focused on the optimization of the MBE growth of MCT, the study of in-situ/ex-situ doping and transport, and the growth of high quality alternative composite CdTe/Si substrates to be used for the growth of large area MCT. MPL's fundamental research activities have resulted in the education of highly qualified and trained MCT scientists, who have transferred the lab's knowledge base and traditions of excellence to the industry and government research agencies, such as the U.S. Army Night Vision Laboratory, and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, DRS Technologies, Northrop Grumman, and Teledyne Scientific & Imaging. MPL Reporter publishes news about UIC faculty, researchers and alumni about their accomplishments.

Issue #7 - October 2012
The latest issue of the MPL Reporter focuses on the Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's visit to the Sivananthan Laboratories, Inc. (Labs) and the strong partnership between the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the Labs. Governor's visit to the Labs took place on September 21, 2012, where he was welcomed by the leadership of the Labs along with dignitaries from the UIC leadership, including Jennifer Woodard, Associate Vice Chancellor for Civic and Corporate Relations;Astrida Orle Tantillo, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS); and Nancy Sullivan, Director of UIC's Office of Technology Management.

Issue #6 - September 2012
Issue # 6 focuses on the International Symposium on Optoelectronic Materials and Devices (ISOMD 2012) and the Institute for Solar Photovoltaic Innovation, Research, and Edu-training ("InSPIRE" or "InSPIRE Illinois") kick-off meeting which were held on July 12-14, 2012. The symposium highlighted keynote and welcoming speeches from Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Lt. Governor of Illinois, Sheila Simon, along with Dr. Nibir Dhar of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and Dr. Elaine Ulrich of the U.S. Department of Energy. After the conclusion of the symposium, the leadership of the non-profit InSPIRE, whose members include UIC faculty and staff, convened for its kick-off meeting on July 14, 2012, where U.S. Congressman Danny Davis delivered a welcoming speech and Illinois State Senator Michael Noland gave remarks.

Issue #5 - April 2012
This issue focuses on Stephen Fahey, who successfully defended his thesis "Selective Area Epitaxy of CdTe on Nanopatterned Substrates" on March 14, 2012 and joined the ranks of distinguished Microphysics Laboratory (MPL) alumni. Stephen joined Physics Department at UIC in 2005 and MPL in 2007. He has interned at several places over the last few years, including NASA Glenn Research Center, EPIR Technologies, Inc, and Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, NM. He was a recipient of a highly regarded fellowship called Graduate Assistance in the Areas of National Need (GAANN) in Applied Physics.

Issue #4 - March 2012
Early months of 2012, UIC library purchased 10 books on the topic of Infrared Technology through donations collected by Thomas Casselman's family after his unexpected death in 2010. Tom Casselman has been a frequent visitor of Microphysics Laboratory (MPL) and was a Visiting Research Specialist at the Department of Physics from August 7, 2007 and August 6, 2008. His presence and contributions had been an asset for our graduate students. He was a physicist, who made considerable contributions to the HgCdTe Infrared Detector Technology.
This article highlights the specifics of this project as well as Tom Casselman's interactions with MPL students, staff and his contribution to device physics of IR detectors.

Issue #3 - March 2012
Issue 3 features Dr. Lu Chen, a researcher from Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics (SITP) visiting MPL for 3 months. Dr. Chen is an MBE Researcher at the SITP, China; has more than 13 years of experience in MBE of II-VI Materials, specifically MBE growth of HgCdTe/CdTe/ZnTe on GaAs, Si substrates. She is in charge of MBE lab in the Research Center for Advanced Materials in SITP since 2007, and in MPL she is working on understanding the physics of material epitaxy under high strain. This article highlights her research interests, aspirations and her thoughts on many issues, including but not limited to the progress made by women in science and engineering.

Issue #2 - August 2004
This issue features highlights from MPL between March and August 2004.

Issue #1 - March 2004
This issue introduces MPL and features research and alumni highlights