Information Physics

Duke ECE has a strong experimental and theoretical research presence in novel and structured metamaterials, surface science, electromagnetic and acoustic waves, quantum sciences, imaging systems and communication systems. There is an exciting opportunity to leverage ECE strengths to create a unique research and educational program around the physical science of collecting, processing, analyzing and communicating information. We plan to create a comprehensive program on Information Physics, with emphasis on the fundamental principles and practical technologies that enable innovative information systems.

Research Focus

a Foundations in Physics of Information. This research thrust advances the physical and mathematical foundations of information science at the very fundamental level, and includes

  • fundamental surface science, materials and device physics used for collection of data
  • electromagnetic, wave and quantum physics used for representation, transmission and manipulation of information 
  • mathematical and computational principles for encoding and processing of information.

b Enabling Technologies for Information Physics. This research thrust focuses on the development of new technologies necessary for realization of new information processing systems, and includes

  • new fabrication and manufacturing technologies for metamaterials, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and optical components 
  • novel sensor devices integrated with analog and digital integrated circuits
  • innovative modeling approaches and simulation tools for physical processes and information processing systems.

c Advanced Information System Integration. This research thrust pursues design and realization of functional advanced information processing systems, and includes 

  • new imaging and spectroscopy systems leveraging computational and signal processing principles, new materials and devices, and component manufacturing technologies 
  • novel sensing, information processing and communication systems utilizing quantum mechanical principles and bio-inspired approaches 
  • compact, multi-functional integrated systems for intelligent information gathering and processing

Information Physics Faculty

Michael J. Fitzpatrick Professor of Photonics in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering
DISP uses joint design of physical sampling and digital processing strategies to develop high performance sensor systems. DISP builds instruments for visible, infrared, ultraviolet, x-ray, millimeter wave, terahertz, acoustic and ion imaging and spectroscopy. DISP has made particular contributions...
John Cocke Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt , Jr. School of Engineering
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
J. A. Jones Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Katsouleas is a specialist in the use of plasmas as novel particle accelerators and light sources.
Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
James B. Duke Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Nanomaterials resulting from quantum confinement in three dimensions, known as nanoparticles or quantum dots, exhibit unique characteristics compared to conventional, bulk materials because of their small size, and because nanomaterials can be tailored to exhibit desired properties by controlling...

Secondary Information Physics Faculty

Bass Fellow
Prof. Gauthier is interested in a broad range of topics in the fields of nonlinear and quantum optics, and nonlinear dynamical systems. In the area of optical physics, his group is studying the fundamental characteristics of highly nonlinear light-matter interactions at both the classical and...
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
I direct the Brain Stimulation Engineering Lab (BSEL) which focuses on the development and modeling of devices and application paradigms for transcranial brain stimulation. Transcranial brain stimulation involves non-invasive delivery of fields (e.g., electric and magnetic) to the brain that...

Research Information Physics Faculty

Associate Research Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering