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OEE803B,, ext. 7033


Nano-light Modulator (6 units)

This project aims to design a nano-light modulator and study its optical operation. Solid-state light modulator is used to manipulate light; changing its intensity and phase, forming interference patterns. Present light modulator design uses liquid crystal matrix to control the 2-D reflection interference pattern. This project will use a new design to control the 2-D reflection; without using liquid crystal, the design will be more robust and easier to fabricate. The basic design is as shown in figure; metals are used as electrical contacts to adjust the electric field inside the ITO layer. The strength of electric field can tune the ITO refractive index thus changing the reflectivity.

Student selecting this project will learn how to fabricate the nano-light modulator and investigate its optical operation. This skill can be adapted in the future for electronic and optical device fabrication.

Nano-light Modulator


Far-UVC Light for inactivation of corona virus (3 units)

Ultra-violet (UV) light is known to have germicidal effect on bacterial and viruses. However, extended exposure to UV light can damage DNA causing unwanted mutation that can lead to cancers, therefore UV light cannot be used when there is a presence of human within its radiation covered vicinity. Recent investigation on UV light, though, has revealed that UV light within the UVC range, 207 nm – 222 nm, do not create any 
damage to mammalian cells and yet maintain its antimicrobial effectiveness. Further, far-UVC at 222 nm was shown to inactivate airborne human coronaviruses effectively, including SARS-CoV-2. Far-UVC laser can be constructed using solid state laser and non-linear crystals; both are technologically mature. Thus, it is possible to design and build a more robust and human risk free system that can inactivate air-borne and 
still/residue coronas virus even in the presence of human. 

To understand how safe is far-UVC light to human, we need to perform a far-UVC light irradiation safety test involving special lab-breed mouse. Irradiation test will be done by another department; this project DOES NOT do irradiation test on mouse. This project is to design a test unit that can introduce far-UVC light into it and uniformly irradiated the mouse. The test unit should be able to video record the test period and monitor the irradiation intensity.