Professor Nurmikko carries out research in neuroenginering/neurotechnology, nanophotonics, experimental laser sciences, and active electronic nanomaterials. Topics of interest range from new approaches to brain interfaces combining neural signal detection and neural stimulation of cortical microcircuits, strong light-matter interaction on subwavelength spatial scales, to the development and application of new optoelectronic devices (such as ultraviolet semiconductor sources.

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Arto V. Nurmikko, a native of Finland, is a L. Herbert Ballou University Professor of Engineering and Physics at Brown. He recived his degrees from University of California, Berkeley, and did postdoctoral work at the Hebrew University (Jerusalem) and MIT. He is currently the co-director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering at Brown. Professor Nurmikko conducts research in neuroengineering, photonics, microelectronics, nanosciences, and the translation of device research to new technologies in physical and life science applications. His current interests are focused on device science especially for implantable neural interfaces. Other components of his work involve development of ultracompact semiconductor light emitters and ultrafast optical switching of magnetism. Nurmikko has published in several fields (over 300 journal articles), led many multi-institutional research teams, advised federal funding agencies, and lectured worldwide. Professor Nurmikko is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and of the Optical Society of America. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as the Academy of Sciences and Letter of Finland.

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Femtosecond pulsed laser laboratory. (Image in front of Professor Nurmikko is a wooden statue he acquired from the Congo.)

Engineering, Physics
Phone: +1 401 863 2869
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Professor Nurmikko's Group
Nurmikko at the helm of project to develop advanced materials for federal government's energy plan
• Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation at NSF (EFRI): Reading and writing brain information
• New program aims to produce insights into brain injury, recovery –
Single Laser Makes Many Colors
Brown unveils novel wireless brain sensor

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