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  Holger Schmidt

Holger Schmidt

Distinguished Professor, Narinder Kapany Chair of Optoelectronics


Baskin School of Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Baskin School of Engineering

Distinguished Professor, Narinder Kapany Chair of Optoelectronics
Narinder Kapany Chair of Optoelectronics


Regular Faculty

Electrical Engineering
DNA, RNA, Proteins
Material Science

Jack Baskin Engineering Building

Baskin Engineering, Room 245


  • 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 Distinguished 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.

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

  • 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

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