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Explore the research highlights, awards, and events from the LUMOS team below.


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LUMOS Team Member Houtong Chen wins 2015 LANL Fellow's Prize for Research

Congratulations Houtong!

-December 16, 2015

Former LUMOS Postdoc Yu-Miin Sheu Wins LANL 2015 Postdoc Publication Prize

Yu-Miin Sheu 

Yu-Miin Sheu won first place for her publication, “Using Ultrashort Optical Pulses to Couple Ferroelectric and Ferromagnetic Order in an Oxide Heterostructure,” Nature Communications 5, 5832 (2014). Magnetoelectric multiferroic materials possess both ferromagnetic and ferroelectric order. The paper provides insight on the mechanisms underlying magnetoelectric coupling in complex oxide heterostructures and suggests the potential for future high-speed optically controlled magnetoelectric devices. Sheu is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of ElectroPhysics at Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. Congratulations Yu-Minn!

- November 25, 2015

Fiber Bragg-Grating Research Highlighted in OSA Spotlight

Research lead by LUMOS staff member George Rodriguez on using fiber Bragg gratings for fast pressure measurements was recently featured in the Optical Society of America's Spotlight section here.

- October 27, 2015

LUMOS Staff Hou-Tong Chen Named APS Fellow

LUMOS staff member Hou-Tong Chen was selected as 2015 Fellow of the American Physical Society “for contributions to the development of active metamaterials and devices, and the development and understanding of few-layer metamaterials and metasurfaces, especially in the terahertz frequency range.” congratulations Hou-Tong!

- September 21, 2015

Nature Communications article on "Ultrafast visualization of crystallization and grain growth in shock-compressed SiO2"

Richard Sandberg was coauthor on a paper published in Nature communications, on "Ultrafast visualization of crystallization and grain growth in shock-compressed SiO2" (Arianna E. Gleasson, et al. Nat. Comm. 6, 8791, 2015).  This work was conducted at Materials in Extreme Conditions Hutch at the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at SLAC and was highliighted on the LANL Home Page and the SLAC Home Page.

- September 4, 2015

Welcome to new post docs and students

LUMOS welcomes new post doc Chun-Chieh Chang working with Houtong Chen and Abul Azad and students Ben Pound (working with Richard Sandberg) and Gerard Leyva (working with Dmitry Yarotksi)!

- September 2015

New Website

LUMOS is preparing to launch its new website.

- July 2015

Welcome to New and Returning Students for the Summer

LUMOS welcomes students Tim O'Leary, Albert Liu, and Kim Nguyen for the summer.

- May 2015


George Rodriquez Named APS Fellow

LUMOS team member George Rodriguez was selected as 2014 Fellow of the American Physical Society “for his outstanding leadership in the development of ultrafast laser-based and high-speed optical instrumentation and his creative application of these diagnostics to the impactful measurement of materials, systems, and devices.”

- December 12, 2014


Publication in Science

LUMOS team published research in Science, on “Terahertz Metamaterials for Linear Polarization Conversion and Anomalous Refraction.”

- May 2013



LUMOS Team Members Publish Book on Optical Techniques for Materials Characterization

Rohit Prasankumar and Toni Taylor published the book Optical Techniques for Solid-State Materials Characterization through CRC Press. Copies can be ordered here:

Book Cover