Eli Yablonovitch (University of California, Berkeley)
Mitchell Physics Building
College Station, Texas 77843-4242
Prof. Yablonovitch introduced the idea that strained semiconductor lasers could have superior performance due to reduced valence band (hole) effective mass. With almost every human interaction with the internet, optical telecommunication occurs by strained semiconductor lasers. He is regarded as a Father of the Photonic BandGap concept, and he coined the term "Photonic Crystal". The geometrical structure of the first experimentally realized Photonic bandgap, is sometimes called “Yablonovite”. His startup company Ethertronics Inc., has shipped over 1.7 billion cellphone antennas. He also co‐Founded Luxtera Inc., the originator and world leader of Silicon Photonics.
A new scientific principle has produced record‐breaking solar cells. The mantra: “A great solar cell has to be a great LED”, has smashed all efficiency records, and is in commercial production. Nonetheless, the overhang of > 60 GigaWatts/year of subsidized, outdated, Chinese silicon solar panel factories is blocking the scaling of the superior technology. Silicon solar panels are in line to provide about 10% of electricity, but the new super‐ efficient technology can eventually provide almost all of the world’s electricity and fuel. In the interim, the solar/LED symmetry will revolutionize thermophotovoltaics, the creation of electricity directly from heat; and will enable electroluminescent refrigeration, a refrigerator in which light is the working fluid.
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