Associate Professor

Keshav D​ani

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Associate Professor
[April 2018 - present]

Assistant Professor
[November 2011 - March 2018]

I joined OIST as an Asst. Professor in Nov. 2011 after completing a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Los Alamos National Laboratory. I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2006 with a PhD in Physics under the supervision of Prof. Daniel Chemla. I obtained a BS from Caltech in Mathematics with a senior thesis in Quantum Information Theory under John Preskill and Hideo Mabuchi. My recent research interests have been in studying the nonlinear and ultrafast properties of 2D and energy materials, terahertz spectroscopy and devices, and applications of femtosecond pulses to neuroscience.

Keshav Dani


Research Administrator

Yumi Ito

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[April 2015 - present]

I began my career at Texas State University in September 2004 as a part-time editorial assistant and joined the staff full-time for Dani Unit as an administrative assistant in April 2015. My key element for the unit is caring and warmth in assisting them in achieving their objectives from administrative side, and in helping them have a laugh and fun. Favoring trip and movies, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. An oni-wife and a mother of a King-Kong baby boy.


Staff Scientists

Michael Man (‘at’

Staff Scientist
[December 2017 - present]

[December 2012 - December 2017]

I received both my master and PhD degrees from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). My main research interest is in the growth and characterization of nanostructures/ultrafilm films using a powerful and versatile technique called low energy electron microscopy and photoemission electron microscopy (LEEM/PEEM). LEEM/PEEM is capable of performing time and spatially resolved structural, electronic and chemical state measurements at spatial resolution down to the nanometer range. With this instrument, for example, we can study the correlation between morphology and band structure in inhomogeneous nanostructures such as in few layer graphene; we can also examine the surface magnetic state and image the dynamics in magnetic domain structure in variety of magnetic nanomaterials. I joined Prof. Dani’s group in OIST in December 2012. Together, we seek to combine my experience in LEEM/PEEM microscopy with the group’s expertise in ultrafast spectroscopy techniques. One of our goals is in the investigation and visualization of the ultrafast dynamics in nanostructures.


Michael Man

Julien Madéo

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Staff Scientist
[July 2019 - present]

[July 2014 - June 2019]
[February 2012 - April 2012]

I did my PhD in Laboratoire Pierre Aigrain at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris where I studied quantum cascade lasers using THz time-domain spectroscopy and their optical nonlinearities for wavelength conversion. In 2012, I visited OIST for a few months to provide help in building the first lab of the FSU. Then, I came back to Paris for two years in Matériaux et Phénomènes Quantiques, Paris 7 University to study microcavity THz sources and InAs/AlSb based quantum cascade lasers. Since 2014, I am back in the FSU and my current interests cover: THz optoelectronics and devices, ultrafast and nonlinear optics as well as 2D materials and heterostructures.



Postdoctoral Researchers

David Bacon

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[August 2019 - present]

I received the M.Eng degree and PhD in electronic and electrical engineering from the Pollard Institute at the University of Leeds, UK, in 2013 and 2017 respectively. The focus of the master project was on the characterisation of terahertz quantum cascade laser active regions. This was then expanded upon during my PhD where I investigated the time-resolved gain dynamics within the device using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. From this work, I awarded a 2-year-long EPSRC fellowship prize within the Pollard Institute, where I studied the use of photoconductive array structures for the generation of high-field THz radiation. Following that, I joined the femtosecond spectroscopy unit at OIST in August 2019. My research interests include the generation and application of high-field THz radiation, terahertz time-domain spectroscopy and ultrafast electro-optics.


Filchito Renee Bagsican

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[April 2021 - present]

I received my degree in Doctor of Engineering from Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, where I studied laser terahertz (THz) emission microscopy (LTEM) and its application in probing gas adsorption in atomically-thin two-dimensional materials like graphene and tungsten disulfide. For postdoctoral work, I further demonstrated the applications of LTEM to studying the dynamics of free carriers and excitons in electrically-biased carbon nanotube films. Here in the Dani Unit at OIST, we seek to use my experience in optical systems to extend the limits of high-harmonic generation technology for basic science and industrial applications.


Jacques Hawecker

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[February 2022 - present]

I obtained my physics Ph.D. in 2021 researching within the Nano-THz group in the Laboratoire de l’École Normale Supérieure (LPENS) in Paris. During my Ph.D. I probed two different aspects of modern physics: light-matter interactions and quantum materials. To access this physics, I developed a THz time domain spectroscopy (TDS) system capable of probing THz intersubband polaritonic systems at an ultrafast time scale while resonantly pumping one of the polariton branches with a THz quantum cascade laser. Another aspect of my work was to explore and understand the THz emission from different types of spintronic heterostructures. During my Ph.D. research, I developed a keen interest towards quantum materials and light-matter interactions with a strong emphasis on ultrafast phenomenon. I joined the Femtosecond Spectroscopy Unit at OIST in February 2022, where I will be able to explore in depth this intriguing physics.



Technology Pioneer Fellows

Viktoras Lisicovas

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Technology Pioneer Fellow
[May 2021 - present]

Junior Research Fellow
[April 2020 - March 2021]

PhD Student
[March 2014 - April 2020]

I graduated from Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany with a degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Later, I have worked in the Laboratory of Biophysics and Applied Pharmacology at ENS Cachan. At OIST my interest lies in studying the basic mechanisms of memory in small networks. I joined Femtosecond Spectroscopy Unit to pursue improvements in optical imaging techniques for basic neuroscience applications.


PhD Students

Vivek Pareek

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PhD Student
[September 2016 - present]

Rotation Student
[January 2016 - April 2016]

I received my dual BS-MS degree from IISER-Kolkata, India. During my master's thesis, I studied the high pressure dependence of multiferroics using Raman spectroscopy. My rotation project with FSU has increased my interest in the field of femtosecond spectroscopy. Therefore, I decided to join FSU to pursue my PhD. I will be studying the optical properties of 2D semiconductors for my thesis.


Sofiia (Sonya) Kosar

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PhD Student
[September 2018 - present]

Rotation Student
[January 2018 - April 2018]

I received my BSc and MSc degree in solid state physics from Chernivtsi National University in Ukraine. My thesis was focused on studying semiconducting materials for photocatalytic water splitting under solar illumination. I have also spent one year at the University of Groningen in Netherlands studying nanoscience during my masters. I first joined FSU as a rotation student and started investigating charge transfer in mixed-dimensional heterojunctions using ultrafast spectroscopy. Now, as a graduate student in unit, I continue investigating opto-electronic properties of semiconducting energy materials by means of time-resolved photoemission electron microscopy.


Xing Zhu

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PhD Student
[September 2019 - present]

Rotation Student
[May 2019 - August 2019]

[October 2017 - June 2018]

I received my bachelor from South University of Science and Technology of China. I join the femtosecond spectroscopy unit as research intern for six months. Previously I worked on the magnetic and optical properties of new-rising 2D materials from first-principles calculation. And now my research interests focus on the terahertz and its applications in imaging and spectroscopy. In FSU, I’ll study strong-field/broadband THz generation and THz spectroscopy of magnetic materials.


Maria-Carla Lupu

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PhD Student
[September 2021 - present]

Rotation Student
[May 2021 - August 2021]

I received both my bachelor and master degrees at University Politehnica of Bucharest, in Romania. My master program was about engineering and applications of lasers and particle accelerators. For my master thesis I worked on the implementation of an adaptive optics system in a high-power laser facility. I joined FSU as a rotation student, where I will work on high harmonic generation.


Prajakta Kokate

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PhD Student
[January 2022 - present]

Rotation Student
[September 2021 - December 2021]

I graduated from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata in June 2020 with physics as my major subject. I started my Ph.D. studies at OIST in January 2021 and joined the Femtosecond Spectroscopy Unit for my third-term lab rotation. I have a background in ultrafast spectroscopy (THz-TDS) as part of my Master's thesis. As a rotation student, my work will focus on understanding and doing measurements using photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM).



Rotation Students

Harley Suchiang

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Rotation Student
[May 2022 - present]

I completed my BS-MS dual degree program at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Kolkata, India. For my master's project, I studied the spin-orbit interaction of light in plasmonic metasurfaces using Muller polarimetry. As a graduate student at OIST, my first lab rotation will be at the Femtosecond Spectroscopy Unit (FSU) where I will be making an XUV beamline for TR-ARPES experiments.



Saira Perveen

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[May 2022 - present]

I did my BS Physics from International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan, majoring in nanotechnology. Research work was based on template-based fabrication and characterization of onedimensional nanomaterials via electrodeposition. Later, I have done MS from the National University of Sciences and Technology Islamabad, Pakistan. Master’s research domain lies in Condensed Matter computation based on the first principle or DFT calculations. I have performed structure and stability analysis of Graphene-based 2D materials and analyzed electronic properties (DOS, Band Structure) after adsorption of halogen. Currently, I am working at OIST as an Intern in the Femtosecond spectroscopy unit. Here, I will work on laser safety and data analysis of ARPES.

Tatunosuke Hanano

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[May 2022 - present]

I am a rising senior at the University of Rochester, majoring in Optics. After a few years of studying Optics at my university, I got interested in lasers. I came to the Femtosecond Spectroscopy Unit as a research intern. While I stay at OIST, my project will be mainly on high harmonic generation. I am excited to work at this unit and to learn ultrafast optics and nonlinear optics.

Nova Noviati

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[April 2022 - present]

I received my Bachelor’s degree in physics in January 2022 at IPB University, Indonesia. As my current interest is in physical chemistry, my thesis research was focusing on the first-principal study of CO2 conversion on Cu-doped graphene surface catalyst. Further, I want to be able to explore the properties of materials experimentally. Therefore, I have to enhance my knowledge in order to get a better understanding of experimental work in materials characterization. I decided to join Prof. Dani’s Femtosecond Spectroscopy Unit through OIST Research Internship Program. By joining this internship for the next six months, I plan to learn about experimental lab work, especially in nanomaterials and quantum cascade lasers.


Previous Group Members

Previous Rotation Students


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