Our Goal

The primary goal of our lab is to investigate and demonstrate photonic concepts that allow new capability for medical imaging, solar energy conversion, optical communications, and sensing applications. The core technology of our group is holography and holographic optical elements. Our research involves theoretical investigation of new optical techniques, experimental demonstration of new concepts, and development of instruments and systems using new optical capabilities.


  • Optics Colliquium: “Holographic Applications in Medical Imaging and Photovoltaic Energy Systems” October 5, 2017 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.      (refreshments 3:30 p.m.)OSC Auditorium 307Abstract:Volume holographic optical elements have a number of features ...
    Posted Oct 10, 2017, 8:16 AM by Silvana Ayala Pelaez
  • Dissertation Defense: Diffractive Optical Element Design for Lateral Spectrum Splitting Photovoltaics by Shelby Vorndran Title: Diffractive Optical Element Design for Lateral Spectrum Splitting Photovoltaics  Date and Time: April 14th 2016 3 PMROOM: OSC 447Abstract:In this work, two distinct types ...
    Posted Apr 20, 2016, 4:48 PM by Shelby D Vorndran
  • Dr. Kostuk at Tucson's Book Festival Dr. Kostuk will talk at the Book Festival on Sat., 3/12, 10:30 am   “Holography and its Application in Medical Imaging and Solar Energy Conversion” at 10:30 ...
    Posted Mar 7, 2016, 12:29 PM by Silvana Ayala Pelaez
  • PSL Goes to SPIE Optics + Photonics 2015! You can find our lab members on the following SPIE tables:Tuesday, Aug 11, 1:50-2:10 PM, Conv. Ctr. Room 17A"Model and analysis of solar thermal generators ...
    Posted Aug 27, 2015, 12:21 PM by Photonic Systems Laboratory
  • Presentation at PVSC 2015 Shelby Vorndran presented a conference paper of her recent work (Freeform Surface Relief Diffractive Optic for Photovoltaic Spectrum Splitting) at the Photovoltaic Specialists Conference on June 16th in New Orleans
    Posted Aug 27, 2015, 11:55 AM by Photonic Systems Laboratory
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Research Groups

  • The Biomedical Imaging Research group (VHIS) works on a spatial-spectral volume holographic imaging system for both in-vivo and ex-vivo medical imaging applications. to eliminate optical scanning simultaneous imaging of multiple projections of the spatial and spectral content from different depths within biological tissue samples.
  • The Solar Energy Research group (SOLAR) works on holographic solar concentrators, holographic spectrum splitting, diffuse irradiance characterization, Binary search algorithms for surface relief diffractive optical elements, holographic light-trapping, and electric-algae hybrid systems.


  • Dr. Raymond K. Kostuk, Professor Electrical and Computer Engineering and Optical Sciences, Principal Investigator (Personal Site)
Current Students
  • Yuechen Wu, PhD Student Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Silvana Ayala, PhD Student Electrical and Computer Engineering, MS Student Optical Sciences
  • Benjamin Chrysler, PhD Student Optical Sciences
  • Wanglei Han, PhD Student Optical Sciences
  • JianBo Zhao, MS Student in Optical Sciences
  • Xuesen (Sam) Tan, Undergraduate student, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Brandon Bernardo Preciado, Undergraduate student, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Anida Bouttirath, Undergraduate student, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Past Students
  • Isela Howlett (PhD Optical Sciences 2017)
  • Shelby Vorndran (PhD Optical Sciences 2016)
  • Rafael Perci Santiago (Summer REU 2015 from CAPES Foundation, Ministry of Education of Brazil, Brasilia/DF)
  • Juan Manuel Russo (PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering 2015)  (Personal Site)
  • John Brownlee, PhD Candidate Optical Sciences
  • Michael Gordon (MS Optical Sciences 2013)
  • Ostin Zarse (High School Research Assistant, currently attending MIT)
  • Deming Zhang (PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering 2013)
  • Erich de Leon (PhD Optical Sciences 2012)
  • Jose Castillo (PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering 2012)
  • Paul Gelsinger (MS Optical Sciences 2008)
  • Yuan Luo (PhD Optical Sciences 2008)
  • Nasrin Ghanbari (MS Electrical and Computer Engineering 2008)
  • Lina Arauz (MS Electrical and Computer Engineering 2006)
  • Wendi Maeda (MS Electrical and Computer Engineering 2005)
  • James Carriere (PhD Optical Sciences 2004)
  • Jesse Frantz (PhD Optical Sciences 2004)


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