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Luke Lester

Department Head and Professor
Luke Lester
302 Whittemore Hall
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

Research Interests:

  • Photoelectronics, Semiconductor Lasers, Photovoltaics and Transistors

Recent Research Topics:

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Teaching Interests:

  • Optoelectronics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Microelectronics


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Cornell University, 1992
  • B.S., Engineering Physics, Cornell University, 1984


  • IEEE Fellow and SPIE Fellow

Publications in 2019:

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  • List of recent publications
  • D. J. Herrera, K. Tomkins, C. Valagiannopoulos, V. Kovanis and L. F. Lester, "Strongly Detuned Tunable Photonic Oscillators," in IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, vol. 33, no. 24, pp. 1399-1402, 15 Dec.15, 2021, doi: 10.1109/LPT.2021.3123458.
  • D. J. Herrera, K. Tomkins, L. F. Lester, V. Kovanis and C. Valagiannopoulos, "Modeling and Demonstration of 5–200 GHz photonic oscillations via optically-injected diode lasers," 2021 IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC), 2021, pp. 1-2, doi: 10.1109/IPC48725.2021.9593050.
  • L. Wegert et al., "Low RF line width frequency-modulated and amplitude-modulated combs," 2021 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe & European Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO/Europe-EQEC), 2021, pp. 1-1, doi: 10.1109/CLEO/Europe-EQEC52157.2021.9542090.
  • D. J. Herrera, V. Kovanis and L. F. Lester, "Using Transitional Points in the Optical Injection Locking Behavior of a Semiconductor Laser to Extract Its Dimensionless Operating Parameters," in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 1-9, Jan.-Feb. 2022, Art no. 1800109, doi: 10.1109/JSTQE.2021.3075645.
  • Wegert, L., Kazakov, D., Ossiander, M., Auth, D., Hillbrand, J., Korenev, V. V., ... & Breuer, S. (2021, March). How a near-infrared frequency-modulated semiconductor comb laser turns into an amplitude-modulated comb. In Novel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers XX (Vol. 11705, p. 1170507). International Society for Optics and Photonics.
  • D. J. Herrera, V. Kovanis, and L. F. Lester, "Extracting the Dimensionless Operating Parameters of an Optically-Injected Semiconductor Laser," in Frontiers in Optics / Laser Science, B. Lee, C. Mazzali, K. Corwin, and R. Jason Jones, eds., OSA Technical Digest (Optica Publishing Group, 2020), paper FTh2E.1.
  • D. J. Herrera, M. B. Clavel, M. K. Hudait and L. F. Lester, "Device Characterization of a Sulfur-Implanted p$^{++}$/p GaSb Photovoltaic Camel Diode," in IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 1675-1680, Nov. 2020, doi: 10.1109/JPHOTOV.2020.3016615.
  • Rikakis, T., Henshaw, N., Kovac, M., Knox, P., Heilker, P., Martin, T., ... & Haines, H. (2020). The Calhoun Discovery Program—A Pilot IPPD Curriculum. Adaptive Lifelong Learning for an Inclusive Knowledge Economy, 98.
  • "Introduction to the JSTQE Special Issue on Semiconductor Lasers," in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, vol. 25, no. 6, pp. 1-3, Nov.-Dec. 2019, Art no. 0200603, doi: 10.1109/JSTQE.2019.2950783.
  • D. S. Ozkan et al., "Using Personas as Curricular Design Tools: Engaging the Boundaries of Engineering Culture," 2019 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), 2019, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1109/FIE43999.2019.9028358.
  • M. Birkholz, J. javaloyes, O. Nikiforov, C. Weber, L. F. Lester, and S Breuer, “Repetition rate transitions and timing stability improvement in monolithic multi-section semiconductor lasers,” Materials Today: Proceedings, vol. 7, part 3, pp. 904-907, Jan. 2019.
  • D. J. Herrera, and L. F. Lester, “Electrical and material characterization of sulfur-implanted GaSb,” Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B, vol. 37, issue 3, May 2019.
  • L. F. Lester, and V. Kovanis, “Quantum Dot Tunable Photonic Oscillators,” in 2019 IEEE Photonics Society Summer Topical Meeting Series (SUM), July 2019.
  • S. Stutz, D. Auth, C. Weber, L. Drzewietzki, O. Nikiforov, R. Rosales, T. Walther, L. F. Lester, and S Breuer, “Dynamic Intermode Beat Frequency Control of an Optical Frequency Comb Single Section Quantum Dot Laser by Dual-Cavity Optical Self-Injection,” IEEE Photonics Journal, vol. 11, issue 5, Oct. 2019.

Assistant: Ms. Melanie Gilmore

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