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David S Citrin
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Technical Interest Groups: Electromagnetics, Microelectronics/Microsystems, Optics and Photonics
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MIRC 211

Professor Citrin earned a B.A. from Williams College (1985) and a M.S. (1987) and a Ph.D. (1991) from the University of Illinois, all in physics, where his dissertation was on the optical properties of semiconductor quantum wires. Subsequently, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany (1992-1993) and Center Fellow at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science at the University of Michigan (1993-1995). Dr. Citrin was an assistant professor of physics and materials science at Washington State University (1995 to 2001).

Professor Citrin joined the faculty at Georgia Tech in 2001 where his work focuses on terahertz technology and nanotechnology. He is a recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and of a Friedrich Bessel Award from the Alexander Von Humboldt Stiftung. Professor Citrin is a member of the Steering Committee of the Terahertz Network. In addition, he is Project Coordinator on Nonlinear Optics and Dynamics at Georgia Tech-CNRS UMI 2958 located at Georgia Tech-Lorraine.


Research interests: 
  • Chaos and nonlinear dynamics in external-cavity semiconductor lasers

  • Terahertz nondestructive testing of materials

  • Terahertz characterization of art and cultural heritage

  • Nanophotonics

  • High-speed electronic, photonic, and optoelectronic devices

  • Nonlinear optical properties of semiconductor materials and devices

  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

  • Young Investigator Program (YIP), Office of Naval Research

  • Friedrich Bessel Prize, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Germany

J. Dong, A. Locquet, N. Declerq, and D.S. Citrin, “Polarization-resolved terahertz imaging of intra- and inter-laminar damages in hybrid fiber-reinforced composite laminate subject to low-velocity impact,” Composites Part B, vol. 92, 167, 2016.

V. Beque, J. Keilman, D.S. Citrin, “Half-disordered photonic crystal slabs,” Applied Optics, vol. 55, 6389, 2016.

C. Y. Chang, Daeyoung Choi, A. Locquet, M. J. Wishon, K. Merghem, A. Ramdane, F. Lelarge, A. Martinez, and D. S. Citrin, “A multi-GHz chaotic optoelectronic oscillator based on laser terminal voltage,” Applied Physics Letters, vol. 108, 191109, 2016.

D. Rontani, D. Choi, C.-Y. Chang, A. Locquet, and D.S. Citrin, “Compressive sensing with optical chaos,” Scientific Reports, vol. 6, 35206, 2016.

J. Dong, A. Locquet, and D.S. Citrin, “Terahertz Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation of Failure Modes in Polymer-Coated Steel,” IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, vol. 23, 8400207, 2016.

J. Dong, J.B. Jackson, M. Melis, D. Giovanacci, G.C. Walker, A. Locquet, J.W. Bowen, and D.S. Citrin, “Terahertz frequency-wavelet domain deconvolution for stratigraphic and subsurface investigation of art painting,” Optics Express, vol. 24, 26972, 2016.

N. Li, B. Kim, V.N. Chizhevsky, A. Locquet, M. Bloch, D.S. Citrin, and W. Pan, “Two approaches for ultrafast random bit generation based on the chaotic dynamics of a semiconductor laser,” Optics Express, vol. 22, 6634, 2014.

D. S. Citrin, “A phase it’s going through,” Nature, vol. 449, 669, 2007.

D. Rontani, A. Locquet, M. Sciamanna, and D. S. Citrin, “Loss of time-delay signature in the chaotic output of a semiconductor laser with optical feedback,” Optics Letters, vol. 32, 2960, 2007.

H. Kurt and D. S. Citrin, “Annular Photonic Crystals,” Optics Express, vol. 13, 10316, 2005.

D. S. Citrin, "Coherent Excitation Transport in Metal-Nanoparticle Chains," Nano Letters, vol. 4, 1561, 2004.

Last revised January 30, 2017