University of Colorado
Rafael Piestun, Professor
Director, NSF-IGERT Program in Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging
Address: UCB 425, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309
Phone: (303) 735-0894
Fax: (303) 492-2758
Office: Engineering Center, OCS-ECEE246

The research in Dr. Piestun's group deals with the control and processing of optical radiation at two significant spatial and temporal scales: the nanometer and the femtosecond. Interest in this area arises from the existence of new phenomena occurring at these scales and the fascinating applications in new devices and systems. Current challenges in sensing, imaging, communications, energy conversion, and computing provide a continuous motivation for this work. Please visit the adjacent links for information on current projects.

New NSF IGERT program in Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging
Postdoctoral Research Associate position available
Selected recent publications
S. Quirin, S. R. P. Pavani, and R. Piestun. "Optimal 3D single-molecule localization for superresolution microscopy with aberrations and engineered point spread functions," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) , Published online December 30, 2011
D. B. Conkey, A. M. Caravaca-Aguirre, and R. Piestun, "High-speed scattering medium characterization with application to focusing light through turbid media," Optics Express 20, 1733-1740 (2012)
See also: Spotlight on Optics - Highlighted articles from OSA journals
T. D. Gerke and R. Piestun, "Aperiodic volume optics," Nature Photonics, 4, 188 - 193 (2010)
See also: Interview - Volume Optics, Nature Photonics 4, 194 (2010)
S. R. P. Pavani, J. G. DeLuca, and R. Piestun, "Polarization sensitive, three-dimensional, single-molecule imaging of cells with a double-helix system," Optics Express 17, 19644-19655 (2009)
S. R. P. Pavani, M. A. Thompson, J. S. Biteen, S. J. Lord, N. Liu, R. J. Twieg, R. Piestun, W. E. Moerner, "Three-Dimensional Single-Molecule Fluorescence Imaging Beyond the Diffraction Limit Using a Double-Helix Point Spread Function," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 106, 2995-2999 (2009)
R. Piestun and C. M. de Sterke, "Fundamental limit for two-dimensional passive devices," Optics Letters 34, 779-781 (2009)
S. R. P. Pavani, A. Greengard, and R. Piestun, "Three-dimensional localization with nanometer accuracy using a detector-limited double-helix point spread function system," Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 95 021103 (2009)
S. R. P. Pavani and R. Piestun, "Three dimensional tracking of fluorescent microparticles using a photon-limited double-helix response system," Optics Express 16, 22048-22057 (2008)