Pierre Petroff

Materials, Electrical & Computer Engineering


3522 Engineering Science Building II

University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5080

IEE Research Areas: 


Interdisciplinary Center for Wide Bandgap Semiconductors, Member
Solid-State Lighting and Energy Center, Member


2005 ISCS Quantum Devices Award
1996 Lady Davies Senior Research Fellowship Award
1993 Humboldt Research Award
1986 Distinguished Technical Staff Award, AT&T Bell Laboratories
1963 Fulbright Grant
1989 American Physical Society Fellow
2004 Institute of Physics Fellow

Research Description: 

Pierre Petroff 's research is in the field of self-assembled nanostructures using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). His most recent work focuses on the electronic properties of novel hybrid materials, quantum wires, and quantum boxes. In the last ten years, Petroff has contributed pioneering work on the growth of self assembling and self ordering of quantum wires and quantum dots in compounds semiconductors. Through photoluminescence, magneto transport and infrared spectroscopy studies, he has shown the “atom-like” character of the quantum dots energy spectrum for both electrons and holes. Recently he has focused on the electronic structure of coupled quantum dots and on the coupling of quantum dots to microcavities and photonic crystals. Petroff has been working on several applications of quantum dots to devices, including ultra low threshold quantum dots photonic crystal lasers and ultra bright single photons sources.


MS: Materials Science, UC Berkeley
PhD: Materials Science, UC Berkeley


Prior to joining UCSB in 1986, Petroff worked for 15 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He currently has a dual appointment at UCSB as Professor of Materials and Electrical and Computer Engineering.