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Piestun, Rafael



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research overview

  • The research in Dr. Piestun's group deals with the control and processing of optical radiation at two significant spatial and temporal scales: the nanometer and the femtosecond. Interest in this area arises from the existence of new phenomena occurring at these scales and the fascinating applications in new devices and systems. Current challenges in sensing, imaging, communications, energy conversion, and computing provide a continuous motivation for this work.


  • Computational optical imaging, volume optics, single molecule imaging, imaging through scattering materials


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courses taught

  • ECEN 4006 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    Examines a special topic in Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • ECEN 5015 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
  • ECEN 5100 - Graduate Seminar and Professional Development
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Introduces graduate students to research topics and concepts as presented by guest speakers in the ECEE seminar series. Professional development topics such as grant writing, conducting research, communication skills, and ethics will also be covered. Weekly assessment will consist of essays or other assignments. May be repeated up to 2 total credit hours.
  • ECEN 5126 - Computational Optical Imaging
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2023
    Covers the fundamentals of computational optical imaging modalities, namely systems in which the hardware (optics, sensors, illumination) is designed in conjunction with algorithms (implemented optically, electronically and via software) to deliver information about a scene. Students learn the analysis and design of modern imaging systems. Covers a variety of applications including biomedical imaging, nanoscopy, photography and space imaging.
  • ECEN 5156 - Physical Optics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Covers the application of Maxwell's equations to optical wave propagation in free space and in media.Topics include polarization, dispersion, geometrical optics, interference, partial coherence, and diffraction. Recommended prerequisite: ECEN 3410.
  • ECEN 5696 - Fourier Optics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2020
    Introduces a system level approach to the analysis and design of optical systems. Topics include holography, Fourier transform properties of lenses, two-dimensional convolution and correlation functions, spatial filtering and optical computing techniques. Also covers coherent and incoherent imaging techniques, tomography, and synthetic aperture imaging. Recommended prerequisites: ECEN 3300 and ECEN 3410.


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