Duncan Steel, Robert J. Hiller Professor of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Modern Optics, published by Elsevier. The encyclopedia was first published in 2005.
According to the publisher, "The Encyclopedia of Modern Optics, Second Edition, provides a wide-ranging overview of the field, comprising authoritative reference articles for undergraduate and postgraduate students and those researching outside their area of expertise."
"Topics covered include classical and quantum optics, lasers, optical fibers and optical fiber systems, optical materials and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Articles cover all subfields of optical physics and engineering, such as electro-optical design of modulators and detectors. This update contains contributions from international experts who discuss topics such as nano-photonics and plasmonics, optical interconnects, photonic crystals and 2D materials, such as graphene or holy fibers."
"Other topics of note include solar energy, high efficiency LED’s and their use in illumination, orbital angular momentum, quantum optics and information, metamaterials and transformation optics, high power fiber and UV fiber lasers, random lasers and bio-imaging."
Professor Steel received his undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel and dual master's and doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan. He worked for General Electric, Exxon, and Hughes Research Labs before joining the faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Physics at the University of Michigan in 1985.
He served as Area Chair for Optical Science for 19 years, and Chair of Biophysics for 2 years. Steel currently leads two laboratories at the University, one focused on the use of lasers with quantum dots in quantum information and the other using advanced microscopy and spectroscopy to understand the molecular basis of cellular toxicity from amyloid beta in Alzheimer’s Disease. He received the Isakson Prize from APS for his work on laser spectroscopy in condensed matter physics, and is a recipient of a Guggenheim Award. He has also received the University of Michigan Graduate Mentor Award. Steel is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the American Physical Society, and the IEEE.
In addition to his primary appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Steel is a professor of Physics, Biophysics, and is a research professor in the Institute of Gerontology.