Faculty Profile

Peter D Dragic

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Peter D Dragic
Peter D Dragic
Assistant Professor
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
3106 Micro and Nanotechnology Lab
208 N. Wright Street
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 333-8399


  • Electrical and Computer Engineering

Primary Research Area

  • Electromagnetics and Optics - Coherent optics/imaging

Research Statement

Modern fibers have reached something of an apex in their performance, thus spawning a plethora of approaches and specialty fiber designs meant to enhance their capabilities. These approaches are largely rooted in wave propagation methodologies. My research instead lies at the confluence of waveguide engineering and materials science, imbued with the goal of enabling the next generation of optical fibers. As the coupling of more traditional waveguide engineering with less conventional fiber materials enters the mainstream in the next decade, there will be a renaissance in the capabilities afforded by optical fiber systems. This is enabled by the highly interdisciplinary approach required in the design of next generation fibers. My work is inspired not only by the possibility of greatly improved fiber performance, but also by the goal of enhancing systems technologies. Many highly desirable fiber laser and sensor systems are still severely limited or even forbidden by a number of parasitic processes (generally in the form of a maximum allowable power). It is largely an enhancement in system power, enabled by next generation optical fibers, which will finally bring many of these systems into our modern world. Palpably, I also have a keen interest in optical fiber based systems, especially in spectroscopic and coherent lidar, optical fiber sensing systems, high power fiber laser technologies, and communications.

Research Areas

  • Coherent optics/imaging
  • Lasers and optical physics
  • Modeling and simulation of laser systems
  • Nano-materials
  • Nano-photonics
  • Optical communications
  • Photonic crystals
  • Photonic integrated circuits (PICs)
  • Radar and LIDAR
  • Radio and optical wave propagation
  • Remote Sensing
  • Semiconductor lasers and photonic devices

Selected Articles in Journals

  • J. Ballato and P. Dragic, Invited Paper, "Rethinking optical Fiber: New Demands, Old Glasses," Journal of the American Ceramic Society, vol. 96, no. 9, pp. 2675 - 2692, 2013.
  • P.D. Dragic, J. Ballato, S. Morris, and T. Hawkins, ￿Pockels￿ coeficients of alumina in aluminosilicate optical fibers,￿ Journal of the Optical Society of America B, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 244 ￿ 250, 2013.
  • P.D. Dragic, P. Foy, T. Hawkins, S. Morris, and J. Ballato, ￿Sapphire-derived all-glass optical fibers,￿ Nature Photonics, Vol. 6, pp. 629 ￿ 635, 2012.
  • P.D. Dragic, ￿Simplified model for the effect of Ge doping on silica fibre acoustic properties,￿ Electronics Letters, vol. 45, iss. 5, pp. 256-257, 26 February 2009.
  • C.G. Carlson, P.D. Dragic, R.K. Price, J.J. Coleman, and G.R. Swenson, Invited Paper, ￿A narrow-linewidth, Yb fiber-amplifier-based upper atmospheric Doppler temperature lidar,￿ IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 451 ￿ 461, March/April 2009.