Lead Researcher: Professor Dragoslav Grbovic
Current Thesis Students: LT Brandi Gilbert, LT Chester Hewitt, LT Bryan Crosby, LT Jamison Fiebrandt, LT Edward Wulff, ENS Alfred Garvey
Phone 831-656-2276 | Email: Dragoslav Grbovic
Metamaterials for CDEW (Counter Directed Energy Weapons)
Design and production of narrow-band and broad-band metamaterials to be used for shielding against directed energy weapons. These metamaterials are built on solid or flexible substrates.
Piezoelectric MEMS Vibrational Energy Harvesters
Design, building and characterization of arrays of MEMS resonators that utilize piezoelectric effect to harvest waste vibrational energy from engines, fossil fuel powered generators and other vibrating structures.
Carbon Nanotube-Based Micro Ion Thrusters
Utilizing extremely small tips of nanotubes and nano fibers to enable very high localized electric fields. These electric fields are used to ionize the propellant gas at much lower power requirements. All of these enable miniaturization of systems.
Microfabrication of MEMS THz imaging Focal Plane Arrays
Using micro fabrication processing to produce MEMS-based bimaterial focal plane arrays (FPA) for Thz imaging. Each detector pixel features resonant metamaterial absorber and sections of bimaterial legs that deform when detectors absorb Thz radiation. Absorbers are optimized for the frequency of quantum cascade lasers used for external illumination.