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David A. B. Miller

David A. B. Miller
W.M. Keck Foundation Professor of Electrical Engineering Professor of Applied Physics by Courtesy Director, Solid State and Photonics Laboratory
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Description of Interests

David Miller’s research interests include the use of optics in switching, interconnection, communications, computing, and sensing systems, physics and applications of quantum well optics and optoelectronics, and fundamental features and limits for optics and nanophotonics in communications and information processing.


David Miller (B. Sc., St. Andrews, Ph.D., Heriot-Watt) is the W. M. Keck Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Professor by Courtesy of Applied Physics at Stanford University. Before Stanford, he was with Bell Laboratories from 1981 to 1996, as a department head from 1987. His interests include nanophotonics, quantum-well optoelectronics, and optics in information sensing, interconnects, and processing. He has published over 280 scientific papers, holds over 75 patents, has a Google h-index of over 100, is the author of the textbook Quantum Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers (Cambridge, 2008), and has taught open online quantum mechanics classes to over 50,000 students.

He was President of the IEEE LEOS (now Photonics Society) in 1995, and has served on Boards for various societies, companies, and university and government bodies. He was awarded the OSA Adolph Lomb Medal and the R. W. Wood Prize, the ICO International Prize in Optics, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, and the 2013 Carnegie Millennium Professorship. He is also a Fellow of APS, OSA, IEEE, the Electromagnetics Academy, the Royal Society of London and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, holds two Honorary Doctorates, and is a Member of the US National Academies of Sciences and of Engineering.

Selected Publications

Fundamentals of optics

D. A. B. Miller, "Waves, modes, communications, and optics: a tutorial," Adv. Opt. Photon. 11, 679-825 (2019)

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A new way of making, using and understanding optics,” Annual Meeting of the International Max Planck Research School - Physics of Light on Oct. 21, 2020, Erlangen, Germany (virtual conference).
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Finding the right modes for communicating with optics,” OSA Frontiers in Optics, 14 – 17 September, 2020 (online meeting), Paper FM1D.1.
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D. A. B. Miller, Linxiao Zhu, and Shanhui Fan, “Universal modal radiation laws for all thermal emitters,” PNAS 114, no. 17, 4336-4341 (2017)

Optical interconnects

D. A. B. Miller, “Attojoule Optoelectronics for Low-Energy Information Processing and Communications: a Tutorial Review,” IEEE/OSA J. Lightwave Technology 35 (3), 343-393 (2017)

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Photonics to save energy and increase density in information processing,” OSA Advanced Photonics Congress (virtual event), July 15, 2020, Paper PsW1F.2
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Self-configuring and programmable optics

W. Bogaerts, D. Pérez, J. Capmany, D. A. B. Miller, J. Poon, D. Englund, F. Morichetti and A. Melloni “Programmable photonic circuits,” Nature 586, 207–216 (2020).

D. A. B. Miller, "Perfect optics with imperfect components," Optica 2, 747-750 (2015).

D. A. B. Miller, "Self-configuring universal linear optical component," Photon. Res. 1, 1-15 (2013).

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Self-configuring silicon photonics,” European Optical Society Annual Meeting (EOSAM), 7 – 11 September 2020 (online meeting), in TOM 1- Silicon Photonics and Guided-Wave Optics, Session 2.
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Quantum well optics and optoelectronics

S. Schmitt-Rink, D. S. Chemla, and D. A. B. Miller, “Linear and nonlinear optical properties of semiconductor quantum wells,” Adv. Phys. 38, 89‑188 (1989)

D. A. B. Miller, D. S. Chemla, T. C. Damen, A. C. Gossard, W. Wiegmann, T. H. Wood and C. A. Burrus, “Bandedge Electro-absorption in Quantum Well Structures: The Quantum Confined Stark Effect,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 53, 2173‑2177 (1984)