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Peter Saeta


Areas of expertise

  • Semiconductor Physics
  • Optics
  • Ultrafast Phenomena
  • Photovoltaics

Major works

"How much can guided modes enhance absorption in thin solar cells?" Peter N. Saeta, Vivian E. Ferry, Domenico Pacifici, Jeremy N. Munday, and Harry A. Atwater, Opt. Express (9 November 2009) 20975--20990; "Harmonic generation in thin films and multilayers," W.S.Kolthammer, D. Barnard, N. Carlson, A.D. Edens,N.A. Miller, P. N. Saeta, 045446 (2005); "Femtosecond Spectrotemporal Magneto-optics," J.-Y. Bigot, L. Guidoni, E. Beaurepaire, and P. N. Saeta, Phys. Rev. Lett., 077401 (2004).; "Distinguishing surface and bulk contributions to third-harmonic generation in silicon," P. N. Saeta and N.A. Miller, Appl. Phys. Lett., 2704 (2001).

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About Me

Peter Saeta is a professor of physics at Harvey Mudd College. Saeta researches the limits to absorption enhancement in thin-film solar cells from plasmonics. He has investigated the disordering of semiconductors excited by intense femtosecond laser pulses; the generation and applications of sub-picosecond pulses of far-infrared light; the profiling of optical fiber cores using optical scattering techniques; and the luminescence properties of silicon nanostructures. Before coming to Harvey Mudd, Saeta was a research fellow at AT&T Bell labs and the National Research Council.

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