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Aram Karakashian

Aram S. Karakashian, Ph.D. Professor; Co-director, Photonics Center


Theoretical Solid State Physics, Photonics and Optoelectronics

Research Interest

Solid State Physics: Optical properties of thin films andleft-handed meta-materials, Surface plasma resonance on metal films and Defects and radiation damage in semiconductors and optical materials.

Photonics and Optoelectronics: Design and modeling of devices such as waveguides, couplers and lasers based on thin film and quantum well structures.

Educational Background

B.A., M.A.,Temple University; Ph.D., University of Maryland


Aram Karakashian became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at Lowell Technological Institute in 1970. In 1980 he was a Visiting Scientist at the Physics Department of Boston College. From 1977 to 1982 he was an Associate Professor at the University of Lowell. He was promoted to the rank of Professor in 1982. He served as Chair of the Department of Physics and Applied Physics at the University of Massachusetts Lowell from 1987 to 1993.

In addition, he was elected Chair of the Executive Committee of the New England Section of the American Physical Society, 1993 -1994. From 1994 to the present he serves as Assistant Chair of the department. He is also Co-director of the Photonics Center.