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Luat T. Vuong, Assistant Professor

Charge Transport in Composite Materials

(718) 997-3374, SB B214
Ph.D: Applied Physics, Cornell University, NY
B.Eng.: Engineering Physics, University of California at Berkeley, CA
PH 121.1 - General Physics 1 Laboratories
PH 121.4 - General Physics 1
PH 122.4 - General Physics 2


More about my lab at the group website HERE.

My primary research is centered around photo-induced magnetic responses, photo-catalysis, optical-vortex pattern formation, and photo-induced self-assembly. I am also interested in the complex photo-induced energetics of nanofluids.

This research aids the design and development of next-generation solar cells, organic electronics, and energy-harvesting technologies, and is moreover applicable to the "bottom-up" synthesis of nanomaterials. Our studies are also relevant to the soft-matter nonequilibrium nucleation dynamics that are observed in a wide range of phenomena, not limited to physics.  


  1. L. T. Vuong, T.D. Grow, A.A. Ishaaya, A.L. Gaeta, E.R. Eliel, G. 't Hooft, and G. Fibich "Collapse of optical vortices" Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 133901 (2006).
  2. T.D. Grow, A.A. Ishaaya, L.T. Vuong, A.L. Gaeta, N. Gavish, and G. Fibich, "Collapse dynamics of super-Gaussian beams" Opt. Express 14, 5468 (2006).
  3. A. A. Ishaaya, T.D. Grow, S. Ghosh, L.T. Vuong, and A.L. Gaeta, "Self-focusing dynamics of coupled optical beams" Phys. Rev. A 75, 023813 (2007).
  4. T.D. Grow, A.A. Ishaaya, L.T. Vuong, and A.L. Gaeta, "Collapse and stability of necklace beams in Kerr media" Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 133902 (2007).
  5. L.T. Vuong, A.L. Gaeta, R.B. Lopez-Martens, and C.P. Hauri, "Spectral reshaping and pulse compression via sequential filamentation in gases" Opt. Express 16, 390 (2007).
  6. A. A. Ishaaya, L.T. Vuong, T.D. Grow, and A.L. Gaeta, "Self-focusing dynamics of polarization vortices in Kerr media" Opt. Lett. 33, 13 (2007).
  7. N. Gavish, L.T. Vuong, A.L. Gaeta, and G. Fibich, "Predicting the filamentation of high-power beams and pulses without numerical integration - a nonlinear Geometrical Optics method" Phys. Rev. A 78, 043807 (2008).
  8. G. Weisbuch, V. Buskens, and L. Vuong, "Heterogeneity and increasing returns may drive socio-economic transitions" Comp. & Math. Org. Theory 14, 376 (2008).
  9. L.T. Vuong, G. Kozyreff, R. Betancur, and J. Martorell, "Cavity-controlled radiative recombination of excitons in thin-film solar cells" App. Phys. Lett. 95, 233106 (2009).
  10. L.T. Vuong, J.M. Brok, A.J.L. Adam, P.C.M. Planken, and H.P. Urbach, "Electromagnetic spin-orbit interactions via scattering of subwavelength apertures" Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 083903 (2010).
  11. B. Shim, S. E. Schrauth, C. J. Hensley, L. T. Vuong, P. Hui, A. A. Ishaaya, and A. L. Gaeta, "Controlled interactions of femtosecond light filaments in air" Phys. Rev. A 81,061803(R) (2010).
  12. R. Betancur, M. Maymó, X. Elias, L. T. Vuong, and J. Martorell, "Sputtered NiO as electron blocking layer in P3HT:PCBM solar cells fabricated in ambient air" Sol. Energy Mat. Sol. Cells, 95, 735 (2011).
  13. S. E. Schrauth, B. Shim, A. D. Slepkov, L. T. Vuong, A. L. Gaeta, N. Gavish, and G. Fibich, "Pulse splitting in the anomalous group-velocity dispersion regime" Opt. Express 19, 9157 (2011).
  14. B. Shim, S. E. Schrauth, L. T. Vuong, Y. Okawachi, and A. L. Gaeta, "Dynamics of elliptical beams in the anomalous group-velocity dispersion regime," Opt. Express 19, 9139 (2011).
  15. M. Kang, J. Chen, B. Gu, Y. Li, L. T. Vuong, and H.-T. Wang, "Spatial splitting of spin states in subwavelength metallic microstructures via partial conversion of spin-to-orbital angular momentum" Phys. Rev. A 85, 035801 (2012).
  16. N. D. Singh, M. Moocarme, N. Punnoose, B. Edelstein, and L.T. Vuong, "Anomalously-large photo-induced magnetic response of metallic nanocolloids in aqueous solution using a solar simulator" Opt. Express 20, 19214 (2012).
  17. G. Kozyreff, D.C. Urbanek, L.T. Vuong, O. Nieto Silleras, and J. Martorell, "Microcavity effects on the generation, fluorescence, and diffusion of excitons in organic solar cells", Opt. Express 21, A336-A354 (2013).
  18. M. Moocarme, J.L. Dominguez-Juarez, and L.T. Vuong, "Ultralow-intensity magneto-optical and mechanical effects in metal nanocolloids", Nano Lett. xx.xxx (2014).