Rana Biswas

Scientist I
A506 Zaffarano Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
Phone 515-294-6987
Fax 515-294-0689
Email biswasr@ameslab.gov

Research Interests

  • Molecular dynamics and electronic properties of semiconductor materials
  • Structure and light-induced properties of thin film silicon materials for photovoltaic applications
  • Quantum dots for solar energy conversion
  • Design of photonic band gap crystals with electromagnetic simulations
  • Light management in solar cell structures
  • Sharp infrared emitters using photonic crystals
  • Development of novel sensors using plasmonic crystals
  • Novel applications of photonic band gap materials and non-linear effects

        Project Affiliations:
        Photonic Systems

(Chronologically most recent on top)Education

  • Ph.D. Physics, Cornell University, 1984
  • M.S. Physics, Cornell University, 1982
  • M.Sc Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, 1978
  • B.S. Physics/Math, Bombay University, 1976

(Chronologically most recent on top)Professional Appointments

  • 2004 - present Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University
  • 1998 - present Scientist, Ames Laboratory and Microelectronics Research Center
  • 1993 - present Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Iowa State University
  • 1989 - 1998 Associate Scientist, Ames Laboratory and Microelectronics Research Center
  • 1986 - 1988 Consultant, Exxon Research, NJ
  • 1984 - 1986 Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Bell Laboratories, NJ

(Chronologically most recent on top)Honors & Awards

  • 2009 Fellow, American Physical Society For theoretical contributions to the dynamics of semiconductors, solar materials, and photonic crystals
  • 2008 Ames Laboratory Insider “Filtering out the noise” News Release
  • 2006 Materials Research Lecturer, California Institute of Technology

(Chronologically most recent on top)Publications with the Ames Laboratory

Biswas R; Zhou D Y . 2010. Simulation and modelling of photonic and plasmonic crystal back reflectors for efficient light trapping. Physica Status Solidi a-Applications and Materials Science. 207:667-670. abstract
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Curtin B; Biswas R; Dalal V . 2009. Photonic crystal based back reflectors for light management and enhanced absorption in amorphous silicon solar cells. Applied Physics Letters. 95:231102. abstract
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Stieler D; Barsic A; Biswas R; Tuttle G; Ho K M . 2009. A planar four-port channel drop filter in the three-dimensional woodpile photonic crystal. Optics Express. 17:6128-6133. abstract
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Zhou D Y; Biswas R . 2008. Photonic crystal enhanced light-trapping in thin film solar cells. Journal of Applied Physics. 103:093102. abstract
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Sigalas M M; Biswas R . 2008. Slot defect in three-dimensional photonic crystals. Physical Review B. 78:033101. abstract
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Biswas R; Zhou D; Puscasu I; Johnson E; Taylor A; Zhao W . 2008. Sharp thermal emission and absorption from conformally coated metallic photonic crystal with triangular lattice. Applied Physics Letters. 93:063307. abstract
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Biswas R; Christensen C; Muehlmeier J; Tuttle G; Ho K M . 2008. Waveguide circuits in three-dimensional photonic crystals. Photonics and Nanostructures-Fundamentals and Applications. 6:134-141. abstract
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Biswas R; Han Y Y; Karra P; Sherman P; Chandra A . 2008. Diffusion-limited agglomeration and defect generation during chemical mechanical planarization. Journal of the Electrochemical Society. 155:D534-D537. abstract
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Biswas R; Neginhal S; Ding C G; Puscasu I; Johnson E . 2007. Mechanisms underlying extraordinary transmission enhancement in subwavelength hole arrays. Journal of the Optical Society of America B-Optical Physics. 24:2589-2596. abstract
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Biswas R; Pan B; Wagner S; Chu V; Atwater H A; Yamamoto K; Zan H W . 2007. Simulation of realistic core-shell silicon nanowires. Amorphous and Polycrystalline Thin-Film Silicon Science and Technology 2006. 910:15-20. abstract
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