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Alex English

Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Alex joined the research group in 2008 as a junior in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He implemented various programs in LabVIEW which automated both testing procedures and data acquisition in optical experiments.  He investigated the enhanced transmission of plasmonic crystals due to surface plasmon resonance and presented his findings at the 2010 WMED conference.  In 2009 Alex graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Boise State University.

In the fall of 2009 Alex started graduate school at Boise State University and continued working for the Knowlton group. His thesis is on the effects at that a DC current has on nonlinear optical phenomena in a 1D gold photonic crystal slab.

Equipment and Techniques

In progress

Publications and Presentations

Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

Wan Kuang, Alex English, Zi-Chang Chang, Min-Hsiung Shih, William B Knowlton, Jeunghoon Lee, William Hughes, Bernard Yurke, Cavity Resonant Mode in a Metal film Perforated with Two-Dimensional Triangular Lattice Hole Arrays, Optics Communications 283(20) (2010) p. 4090-4093.

Wan Kuang, Alex English, Z.-C. Chang, M. H. Shih, William B. Knowlton, Jeunghoon Lee, William L. Hughes, Bernard Yurke, Enhanced Transmission in Plasmonic Crystals: Interactions of Cavity Resonance and Surface Mode, accepted for oral & paper presentation OSA’s 93rd Annual Meeting Frontiers in Optics and APS/DLS 25th Annual Meeting Laser Science Joint Conferences, (October 11-15, 2009; San Jose, California) – proceedings to be published.

L. Bollschweiler, A. English, R.J. Baker, W. Kuang, Z.-C. Chang, M.-H. Shih, W.B. Knowlton, W.L. Hughes, J. Lee, B. Yurke, N.S. Cockerham, and V.C. Tyree, Chip-Scale Nanophotonic Chemical and Biological Sensors using CMOS Process, proceedings of the 52nd Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (Cancún, México, August 2-5, 2009) pp. 913 – 916.

Conference Presentations and Posters

A. English, L. Lowe, and W. Kuang “Enhanced Optical Transmission in Hexagonal Plasmonic Crystals”, poster presentation at the 2010 IEEE Workshop on Microelectronics and Electron Devices, (April 16, 2010)