Principal Investigator

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Juliet Gopinath

Professor
Dr. Gopinath holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota and SM and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). For several years, she was a member of technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. She is now a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder in electrical, computer and energy engineering; physics; and materials science.

Research Assistant Professor

Lior Cohen

Lior Cohen

Dr. Cohen holds a BSc degree in physics and mathematics and MSc and PhD degrees in physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In his postdoc, he worked with Professor Jonathan Dowling on quantum remote sensing, imaging, and simulations of quantum gravity. His current research focuses on quantum simulation and sensing on photonic chips and in fibers.

Research Associates

Mo Zohrabi

Mo Zohrabi

Senior Research Associate
Dr. Zohrabi holds a BS degree in solid state physics from the University of Tehran and an MS in optical physics from IASBS. He received his PhD in atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) physics from Kansas State University in 2014, where he studied molecular fragmentation using ultrashort intense laser pulses.

Graduate Students

Killian Dickson is a physics graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder. He grew up in Princeton, Massachusetts, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in physics. His interest in optics first began while working in a radiation oncology lab at UMASS. In his free time, he enjoys trail running and spending time outside.

Killian Dickson

Physics
Killian Dickson is a physics graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder. He grew up in Princeton, Massachusetts, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in physics. His interest in optics first began while working in a radiation oncology lab at UMASS. In his free time, he enjoys trail running and spending time outside.
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James Erikson

James Erikson is a physics graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder. He grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and graduated with a BS in physics from Brigham Young University. James's interest in optics began as an undergraduate, where he studied the optical properties of thin film semiconductors and quantum dots. In his free time, he enjoys reading and spending time outdoors.
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Sam Gilinsky

Sam Gilinsky is an electrical, computer and energy engineering graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder. He grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in physics and astronomy from Northern Arizona University. His interest in optics first began at a summer internship at Los Alamos National Lab, where he worked on time-resolved pump probe spectroscopy of 2D materials.
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Rohit Kharat

He is currently working as an R&D Intern (Advanced Development & Concepts Development) at Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc., where he focuses on the dual-axis galvanometer systems. He is pursuing his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
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Greg Krueper

Gregory Krueper is a physics graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder. He grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, California, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Irvine, with bachelor's degrees in applied physics and electrical engineering. His interest in optics began in using several optical diagnostics in an electrochemistry lab, and solidified with a senior thesis on measuring the absorption spectrum of molecular iodine.
Sara Moore

Sara Moore

Sara Moore is a physics graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder. She grew up in San Jose, California, and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2022 with bachelor's degrees in physics and mathematics. • Her interest in optics first began while working on multi-layer dielectric mirror coatings for ultra-short pulsed lasers at Colorado State University. In her free time, she enjoys climbing, baking and swimming.
Darwin Quiroz

Darwin Quiroz

Darwin Quiroz is a physics graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder. He grew up in Fairfax, Virginia, and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in physics and electrical engineering from George Mason University. • His interest in optics first began as an undergraduate while working in a nuclear magnetic resonance lab, where he developed an improvised explosive device (IED) detector using atomic magnetometers.
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Thariq Shanavas

Thariq Shanavas is a physics graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder. He graduated with a major in electrical engineering and a minor in physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Thariq became interested in optics when he was promised an 'Invisible Super Soldier suit' when he was working on theoretically modeling surface plasmon resonances in TiO2 nanostructures as an intern at the University of Alberta.
Lange Simmons

Lange Simmons

Lange Simmons is a physics graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder. He grew up in Southern Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University cum laude with a BS in physics and mathematics. Lange's interest in optics came from his undergraduate research in a spectroscopy and laser cooling research group. In his free time, he likes to play board games, automate his apartment, and play with his dog.

Undergraduate Students

Katie Wootten is an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder, majoring in engineering physics and astrophysics. She grew up in Lakewood, Colorado and is interested in pursuing applied physics in the future. In her free time, she enjoys baking, gardening, and watching Colorado Avalanche games.

Katie Wootten

Katie Wootten is an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder, majoring in engineering physics and astrophysics. She grew up in Lakewood, Colorado and is interested in pursuing applied physics in the future. In her free time, she enjoys • baking, gardening, and watching Colorado Avalanche games.