The rebels and the empire used laser cannons to shoot it out on the big screen in “Star Wars,” but the weapons could soon move to the real battlefield with the help of two Clemson University engineers who are receiving a combined $3.2 million from the Department of Defense.
John Ballato of Clemson University said that making an optical fiber-based laser is equivalent to funneling a million laser pointers into an optical fiber the thickness of a hair. “As the intensity of the light gets brighter in that fiber, the glass begins to say ‘uncle,’” Ballato said. “It’s not a surprise the materials are […]
Lin Zhu is receiving $1.4 million from the Department of Defense to address one of the central factors that keep diode lasers from becoming efficient, high-energy weapons. Zhu, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, said his goal is to produce a light beam that has high power but that also goes in one […]
A Clemson University professor who is credited with pioneering innovations in the optical fibers that are critical to lasers and long-distance communication was elevated this month to Fellow of the professional organization IEEE. The honor recognizes John Ballato for his scientific contributions to optical fibers and optoelectronic materials as well as his leadership in domestic […]
Stephen Foulger of Clemson University is leading a team that has received $6 million to develop a new way of stimulating specific parts of the brain in what could be the first step toward treatments for seizures and illnesses ranging from addiction to depression.
Tiny particles would be injected into a patient, lodge themselves near light-sensitive proteins in the brain and activate synapses when hit with X-rays. It’s a potential treatment for addiction that Stephen Foulger is helping research as he pushes to expand Clemson University’s Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies. Researchers at the center let […]
A workshop that is drawing participants from at least 11 countries to exchange the latest ideas on materials and devices that emit light will be held in Greenville, thanks two two Clemson University faculty members. This is the first time in its 11-year history that the International Workshop on Photoluminescence in Rare Earths: Photonic Materials […]
A Clemson University professor who specializes in making optical fiber and has won just about every top honor in his field has added another high-flying accolade to his collection.
John Ballato of Clemson University has been elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), an honor that recognizes prolific innovators whose efforts have benefitted U.S. economic development and quality of life.
Two veteran Clemson University faculty members and administrators will take on additional responsibilities to provide leadership for economic development and public service, President James P. Clements announced Monday. John Ballato, professor of materials science and engineering, director of the Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies and academic director for the Clemson University Restoration Institute, takes on additional duties as vice president for economic development. George Askew, associate vice president of public service and agriculture (PSA), will be the university’s vice president for public service and agriculture.