Alumni Resnick Graduate Research Fellow
Vatsal graduated from Caltech with a PhD in applied physics. He received a BSc in engineering physics at UC Berkeley in 2013. His undergraduate research experience was focused on theory and simulation of x-ray free electron lasers, performing research at Livermore, Stanford, and Japan. His RSI research project focused on the development and application of first principles calculations to investigate microscopic carrier dynamics and light emission in materials critical for LED technology. He aimed to provide new microscopic insights to ultimately guide the engineering of more efficient lighting devices, and to provide a framework that could be transferable to compute carrier dynamics in other photovoltaic and semiconductor materials for sustainable technologies.
Vatsal is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at NASA/JPL.
RSI Research: Carrier Dynamics in Materials for Efficient Lighting from First Principles
Faculty Adviser: Marco Bernardi
PhD Thesis: Light Emission and Ultrafast Carrier Dynamics in III-V Semiconductors from First Principles