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Kimberly Reichel

CNR Researcher

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Running projects

ERC-Consolidator Grant "SPRINT" Ultra-Short Pulse laser Resonators IN the Terahertz

Research interests

Terahertz (THz) Applications, Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs), Random Lasers, Self-Mixing, Parallel-Plate Waveguide (PPWG) Devices, Time-Domain Spectroscopy (TDS), Nanophotonics, Scattering Scanning Near-Field Optical Microscopy (s-SNOM), THz Hyper-Spectral Nano-Imaging, OSA Ambassador 2019

Biographical sketch

Coming from a family of musicians who were always into the technical and scientific side of things encouraged me to pursue both music and math, and guided me to the field of physics. During my bachelor’s degree at University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, I had the opportunity to go to Houston, Texas to do a research internship at NASA– Johnson Space Center in the antenna group, which solidified my interest in electromagnetism. This led me to choose Rice University in Houston for graduate school, where I was enlightened to the field of terahertz (THz), e.g. frequencies between microwave and infrared, which many consider to be the “final frontier” of the electromagnetic spectrum. For my masters and doctoral work I focused on developing THz waveguide based devices such as sensors, filters, and splitters. My research group moved to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island where I extended research on these topics to make actively reconfigurable devices by using liquid metals. During these periods I also worked in collaboration at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Copenhagen, Denmark, and also at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher in Pisa, Italy at the National Research Council (CNR) Institute of Nanoscience, where I focus on the integration of THz quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) with 2D materials such as graphene, as well as scanning-type scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) for hyper-spectral THz imaging.

Selected publications

Kimberly S. Reichel, Nicolas Lozada-Smith, Ishan D. Joshipura, Rabi Shrestha, Jianjun Ma, Rajind Mendis, Michael D. Dickey, and Daniel M. Mittleman, "An electrically reconfigurable terahertz channel add-drop filter using liquid metal components," Nature Communications, 9, 4202 (2018).

Arturo I. Hernandez-Serrano, Rajind Mendis, Kimberly S. Reichel, Wei Zhang, Enrique Castro-Camus, and Daniel M. Mittleman, "Artificial dielectric stepped-refractive-index lens for the terahertz region," Optics Express, 26, 3702-3708 (2018).

Kimberly S. Reichel, Peter Y. Lu, Sterling Backus, Rajind Mendis, and Daniel M. Mittleman, “Extraordinary Optical Transmission Inside a Waveguide: Spatial Mode Dependence,” Optics Express, 24, 28221–28227 (2016).

Kimberly S. Reichel, Rajind Mendis, and Daniel M. Mittleman, “A Broadband Terahertz Waveguide T-Junction Variable Power Splitter,” Scientific Reports, 6, 28925 (2016).

Kimberly S. Reichel, Krzysztof Iwaszczuk, Peter U. Jepsen, Rajind Mendis, and Daniel M. Mittleman, “In situ spectroscopic characterization of a terahertz resonant cavity,” Optica, 1, 272-275 (2014).

Nicholas Karl, Kimberly Reichel, Hou-Tong Chen, Antoinette J. Taylor, Igal Brener, Alexander Benz, John L. Reno, Rajind Mendis, and Daniel M. Mittleman, “An electrically driven terahertz metamaterial diffraction modulator with over 20 dB of dynamic range,” Applied Physics Letters, 104, 091115 (2014).

Weilu Gao, Jie Shu, Kimberly Reichel, Daniel Nickel, Xiaowei He, Gang Shi, Robert Vajtai, Pulickel M. Ajayan, Junichiro Kono, Daniel M. Mittleman, and Qianfan Xu, “High-Contrast Terahertz Wave Modulation by Gated Graphene Enhanced by Extraordinary Transmission through Ring Apertures,” Nano Letters, 14, 1242-1248 (2014).

Jie Shu, Weilu Gao, Kimberly Reichel, Daniel Nickel, Jason Dominguez, Igal Brener, Daniel M. Mittleman, and Qianfan Xu, “High-Q terahertz Fano resonance with extraordinary transmission in concentric ring apertures,” Optics Express, 22, 3747-3753 (2014).

Kimberly S. Reichel, Naokazu Sakoda, Rajind Mendis, and Daniel M. Mittleman, “Evanescent wave coupling in terahertz waveguide arrays,” Optics Express, 21, 17249-17255 (2013).

Victoria Astley, Kimberly S. Reichel, Jonathan Jones, Rajind Mendis, and Daniel M. Mittleman, “A mode matching analysis of dielectric-filled resonant cavities coupled to terahertz parallel-plate waveguides,” Optics Express, 20, 21766-21772 (2012).

Victoria Astley, Kimberly Reichel, Jonathan Jones, Rajind Mendis, and Daniel M. Mittleman, “Terahertz multichannel microfluidic sensor based on parallel-plate waveguide resonant cavities,” Applied Physics Letters, 100, 231108 (2012).

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