Centre Member Profile

Monica Allen
Employer: Air Force Research Laboratory
Centre Role: Associate Investigator
Job Title in TMOS: Sr. Research Electronics Engineer, Principal Investigator and Basic Research Lead
Research Interests:

- Plasmonics and engineered resonant structures

- Nanophotonics and nonlinear optics

- Nanoscale materials and devices

- Nanofabrication and nanoscale measurement

- Multiphysics simulation and modeling


PhD Electrical Engineering, 2006, University of Texas at Arlington


Dr Monica Allen leads research in resonant sensing platforms for EO/IR technologies and components that can find applications in detection and sensing. Her primary areas of technology interest include nonlinear optical, photonic, and plasmonic physics concepts through the exploitation of light-matter interactions to provide cutting-edge technology to advance research in nanophotonics. Her research areas also include investigation of nonlinear optical phenomena and quantum photonic devices primarily at infrared wavelengths. Her current projects range from modelling, simulation and fabrication of micro- and nano-structures for gain and selectivity enhancement to the characterisation of fabricated devices to test their performance.

She spent several years in industry working on highly sensitive sensing systems based on optical arrays and magnetostrictive materials. She is affiliated with the Electrical Engineering honor society, Eta Kappa Nu; Engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi; Honor society of Science and Engineering Research, Sigma Xi; and Senior Member, IEEE. Dr. Allen has authored >125 technical papers and also serves as a reviewer for several journals and associate editor for IEEE Photonics Journal and also a co-founder and general chair the IEEE Research and Applications of Photonics in Defense conference.