Young, Jeff

Profile

Professor

Condensed Matter / Experiment

Office Location

Department of Physics & Astronomy
Brimacombe 113
2355 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Lab Location

Lab Room: AMPEL 345
2355 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Tel (lab): (604) 822-2332

Phone: (604) 822-8779
E-mail: young@physics.ubc.ca

Education

Bachelors Degree University of British Columbia (1979)
Masters Degree University of Toronto (1981)
Doctoral Degree University of Toronto (1983)

Employment History

1979 Summer Employment, Systems Engineering Group at Bell Northern Research Ltd., Ottawa

1979 – 1982 Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto

1982 – 1983 Consultant on an optical imaging system, Freen Screen Ltd., Vancouver, BC

1983 – 1985 Research Associate, Division of Physics, National Research Council

1985 – 1987 Assistant Research Officer, Division of Physics, National Research Council

1987 – 1988 Associate Research Officer, Division of Physics, National Research Council

1988 – 1992 Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics, University of Toronto

1988 – 1990 Section Head, Quantum Transport Section, Division of Physics, National Research Council, Ottawa

1990 – 1992 Senior Research Officer and Group Leader, Quantum Transport Section, Division of Physics, National Research Council, Ottawa

1992 – 1993 Associate Professor without Review, University of British Columbia

1993 – 1996 Associate Professor (Tenure Track), University of British Columbia

1996 Professor, University of British Columbia

1997 Acting Director, AMPEL, University of British Columbia

1998 – 2003 Director, Eng. Physics, University of British Columbia

1999 Associate, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (Nanoelectronics Program)

2000 - Present Fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (Nanoelectronics Program)

2000 – 2003 Associate Director, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (Nanoelectronics Program)

2000 – 2003 Consultant, Galian Photonics Inc.

2004 – 2008 Head, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of British Columbia

2009 – 2012 Acting Head, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of British Columbia

2012 Acting Director, AMPEL, University of British Columbia

2012 - Present Director, AMPEL, University of British Columbia

Awards & Honours

1979The American Society For Testing and Materials Students Award

1979Association of Professional Engineers of B.C. Proficiency Award

1979Engineering class at UBC

1979 – 1983NSERC 1967 Postgraduate Scholarship

1982The Condensed Matter’s Poster Award at the CAP meeting in Kingston

1982The Gordon Ferrie Hull Fellowship at the University of Toronto

1982Material Research Society Graduate Student Award

1983Post Doctoral Fellowship from NSERC that was declined upon going to NRC

1994Herzberg Medal from the Canadian Association of Physicists

2002BC Science Council “Frontiers in Research” Award

2009Faculty of Science Achievement Award

Committees & Service

1993 Served as Chairman of two final Ph.D. orals

1993 - 1998 Engineering Physics Project Lab committee

1993 - 1998 Engineering Physics Council

1994 - 1995 Condensed Matter Seminar Organizer

1995 Committee to hire Admin Officer

1995 University Examiner on 1 final Ph.D. oral

1995 - 1996 Faculty of Science Long Range Planning Committee

1996 Research and Academic Staff Planning Committee

1996 Chairman of final Ph.D. oral

1996 - 1997 Engineering Physics Reunion Planning Committee

1997 University Examiner on 2 Ph.D. orals

1997 - 1998 Member of the Faculty of Science Technical Services Review Committee

1997 - 1999 Colloquium co-organizer

1997 - Present AMPEL Clean Room Committee Chair

1998 - 2000 CPRT

1998 - 2003 Faculty of Applied Science Curriculum Committee

1998 - 2003 Faculty of Applied Science CASC Committee

1999 C21 Chairs Planning

2001 AMPEL Director Search Committee (chair)

2001 - 2002 CRC Quantum Structures and Information

2001 - 2003 CPRT

2002 - 2003 Technical Services Committee

2002 - 2003 Executive and Budget Committee

2002 - 2003 Faculty of Science Dean search Committee

2002 - Present Multi Tenant Facilities Advisory Committee

2005 Faculty of Science Achievement Award Committee (chair)

2005 - 2006 AMPEL Director Search Committee

2005 - 2008 University Senate

2005 - 2008 Senate appeal Committee on academic discipline

2006 Faculty of Science Strategic Planning subcommittee on Graduate Education

2006 Faculty of Science Strategic Planning subcommittee on Undergrad Education (chair)

2006 - 2008 Senate curriculum Committee

2006 - 2009 Academic Leadership Advisory Committee

2011 - Present Engineering Physics Curriculum Representative

Research Interests

Our group is interested in developing new optical materials and devices by controlling composition on lengthscales from 5 nm -500 nm. Electron-beam, atomic-force-microscopy (AFM), and optical lithographies are used in conjunction with a variety of etching and deposition technologies to produce 3D-textured structures in which the electronic and photonic eigen states can be “designed” by judicious choice of patterns, lengthscales and material combinations. The motivation is to offer optical device engineers a more diverse range of material options when developing next and next-next generation technologies.

The nanofabrication is largely done in a cleanroom processing facility that includes optical lithography, e-beam and sputter-deposition systems, an ECR remote plasma etcher, a scanning electron microscope, and a rapid thermal annealer. Use is also made of larger scale nanofabrication facilities around the world. We have a wide range of optical instrumentation for linear and nonlinear, continuous wave and time-resolved (with 100 fs resolution), spectroscopic investigations of our samples. A strong emphasis is placed on developing quantitative, but heuristic numerical models to help design and understand the properties of interest. Examples of recent and on-going research projects include:
* Nonlinear properties of single-mode ridge waveguides in silicon-on-insulator wafers
* Second order nonlinear properties of “intrinsic” 2D waveguide
* Second order nonlinear properties of 3D defect states in planar photonic crystals
* Site-selective coupling of PbS(e) nanocrystals and high-Q SOI-based photonic microcavities
* Integration of 3D photonic microcavities with single channel ridge waveguides in SOI
* Integrated non-classical light sources in SOI

We have been further developing our superconducting nanowire single photon detectors, fabricating stand-alone versions suitable for detecting visible photons (as part of a collaboration with Vahid Sandoghdar from MPI Erlangden). These are currently being tested.
We are also characterizing the four wave mixing response of our unique triple photonic crystal coupled microcavity photonic circuits. These are intended to be used as a heralded single photon source in our silicon photonic circuits. One more design iteration will likely be required before the source can be used at a high coincidence count rate.
Our other work has been concentrated on quantifying the optical trapping dynamics of high-aspect-ratio gold nanorods in our slot microcavity circuits. This is in the process of being written up, and there is much more novel “strong backaction” cavity physics to be cultivated from this interesting system.

Group Website

STEWART BLUSSON
QUANTUM MATTER INSTITUTE

2355 East Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada
Tel: 604.822.3909
Fax: 604.822.4750