Luke Lester

Department Head and Professor

Research Interests:

  • Photoelectronics, Semiconductor Lasers, Photovoltaics and Transistors

Recent Research Topics:

  • TBA
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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
  • 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.
Luke Lester
  • (540) 231-7494
  • 302 Whittemore Hall
    Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA

Assistant: Ms. Melanie Gilmore

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  • Phone: (540) 231-7494