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Holger Schmidt
  • Title
    • Professor
    • Narinder Kapany Chair of Optoelectronics
  • Division Baskin School of Engineering
  • Department
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Baskin School of Engineering
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Jack Baskin Engineering Building, 245
    • Baskin Engineering, Room 245
  • Mail Stop SOE2
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Electrical Engineering; Optics; Physics; DNA, RNA, Proteins; Material Science; Bioengineering

Summary of Expertise

Optofluidics, integrated biophotonics, single molecule analysis on a chip; nanoscale devices

Research Interests

  • Optofluidics
  • Atom photonics
  • Hollow-core photonics for biomedicine and quantum optics
  • Nano-magnetism
  • Nano-magneto-optics
  • Spintronics
  • Single-particle spectroscopy
  • Ultrafast optics
  • Integrated nanopore devices

Biography, Education and Training

  • Holger Schmidt received an M.S. degree in physics from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, in 1994, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1995 and 1999, respectively. After serving as a postdoctoral Fellow with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, he joined the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2001. He is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and holds the Narinder Singh Kapany Chair of Optoelectronics. He served as Associate Dean for Research for the School of Engineering and is Director of the W.M. Keck Center for Nanoscale Optofluidics. Prof. Schmidt has authored over 400 publications and several book chapters in various fields of optics and photonics. He also edited the first Handbook of Optofluidics published with CRC Press. His research interests include single molecule detection and analysis in optofluidic devices, hollow-core waveguide photonics, atomic spectroscopy on a chip, nano-magneto-optics, and spintronics. He received an NSF Career Award in 2002, a Keck Futures Nanotechnology Award in 2005, and the Engineering Achievement Award of the IEEE Photonics Society in 2019. He was elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America in 2014, Fellow of the IEEE in 2017, and Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2019.