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To better understand organic optoelectronic device performance (such as solar cells, or LEDs), Steve studies the connection between polymer and small molecule film morphology and the film’s three-dimensional optical structure.

Nikita Butakov received his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from SUNY Buffalo in 2013. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is a DOD NDSEG Fellow. 

Light-matter interactions at the nanoscale depend on both properties of the illuminating light, and properties of the nanostructure under consideration. To better understand these interactions, Tanya studies the effects of illumination engineering on multipolar resonances in sub-wavelength particles.

We study the optical response of small-molecule and polymer thin films in order to understand the deep connection between molecular orientation and optical anisotropies.  We have most recently been exploring the role of orientation upon absorption/emission rates when molecules are placed near a metal interface.  With this, we hope to gain insight into, e.g., possible ways of increasing absorption/emission properties of organic photovoltaics/LEDs.