Dan Botez is the Philip Dunham Reed Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Botez received his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California-Berkeley, all in electrical engineering.
His research interests lie in three areas of semiconductor-laser physics: high-power, coherent edge-emitting lasers; high-power, coherent grating-coupled surface-emitting lasers; and quantum cascade lasers. The first two are based on one- and two-dimensional, high-index-contrast Photonic-Crystal (PC) structures, respectively, for insuring both long-range spatial coherence and stable operation under continuous-wave (CW) driving conditions. The third involves electron transitions between the subbands of multi-quantum-well structures and is focused on achieving high-efficiency CW operation in the mid-infrared (IR) wavelength range: 3-10 microns, via multidimensional conduction-band engineering.
He received the Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award in 2010. He has been a Fellow of OSA since 1995.