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UNT Insider | September 2010 Issue | UNT taps physics expert for collaborative research group

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UNT taps physics expert for collaborative research group

From a UNT News Service press release


Yuankun Lin, a renowned expert in optical physics, joined UNT this fall.

Lin is a member of the Bio/Nano Photonics Cluster, a multidisciplinary collaboration of professors who explore how light can be used in extremely small dimensions to develop new materials and devices with applications in medicine, telecommunications, energy and numerous other fields. Lin has a joint appointment in physics and electrical engineering as an associate professor.

Lin comes to UNT from the University of Texas Pan American, where he was an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Geology. His research interests, which are supported by some $4 million from the National Science Foundation, include photonics, laser optics, laser-matter interaction, fiber optics, sensors and photonic band gap materials.

Lin has extensive expertise in diffractive optical elements and sophisticated laser techniques. This unique combination has allowed him to develop structural components for state-of-the-art photonic devices from inexpensive materials, making the devices particularly cost-effective. Potential applications of photonics are virtually limitless, and the technology is currently used in barcode scanners, laser eye surgery and CD, DVD and Blu-ray devices.

Sarah Bahari with UNT News Service can be reached at sarah.bahari@unt.edu.

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