Bahl wins Air Force Young Investigator Award


Dr. Gaurav Bahl
Dr. Gaurav Bahl
Assistant Professor Gaurav Bahl has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 Young Investigator award by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). The award is for his proposed research on Chip-Scale Linear Non-Reciprocal Optomechanical Systems.

Bahl's group recently discovered a nonlinear Brillouin scattering induced optical interference mechanism that they call Brillouin Scattering Induced Transparency (BSIT). In the proposed work, his group will demonstrate that BSIT can be efficiently used to achieve linear optical nonreciprocity without the use of any special magnetic materials. Optical isolators and optical circulators can then be engineered with nearly any optoelectronic material, at any wavelength of choice.

This year, AFOSR will award approximately $16.6 million in grants to 57 scientists and engineers from 42 research institutions and small businesses who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program (YIP).

The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received PhD or equivalent degrees in the last five years and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.

This year, AFOSR received more than 200 proposals in response to the AFOSR broad agency announcement solicitation in major areas of interest to the Air Force. These areas include: Dynamical Systems and Control, Quantum and Non-Equilibrium Processes, Information, Decision and Complex Networks, Complex Materials and Devices, and Energy, Power and Propulsion.

Bahl has been a member of the department since August 2012. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from McMaster University in Canada, and received his master’s and PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University.