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HSSE Laboratory in 342 Durham, Iowa State University

Students and faculty work in this laboratory to design, fabricate, and test new fiber-optic network light trail systems and devices, as well as other high-speed circuits and systems. The lab focuses on theoretical and experimental aspects of high-speed systems, including measurement, modeling, and design of systems, subsystems, and components. The experimental research includes physical layer considerations and device development in the area of microwave, RF, fiber optics, and integrated optical systems.

Ongoing projects include the development of fiber-based, magneto-optic modulation and switching technologies, including supporting optical and electronic circuitry, high-speed magnetic field generation, and overall system optimization.

Who is the HSSE Lab

Faculty advisers include (left to right):

  • Mani Mina (Laboratory Supervisor, [Website])
  • Arun K. Somani
  • Robert J. Weber

Mani Mina Arun Somani Robert Weber

Awards and Recognition

Courses and Programs

The HSSE Lab also supports the education of undergraduate and graduate engineering and non-engineering students by leading courses and programs in engineering problem solving, electromagnetism, optical systems, high speed test and measurement, and technological literacy. Some of these courses at Iowa State University include (as of 2015):

Electrical Engineering

Engineering Studies

  • ENGR 260 - Engineering: Getting from Thought to Thing
  • ENGR 265 - Survey of the Impacts of Engineering Activity
  • ENGR 270 - Survey of How Things Work

Additionally, the HSSE Lab has collaborated with the Industrial Design Department in the College of Design to found the university's first Electronics Rapid Prototyping Laboratory.

Important Topics

The research performed at the HSSE Lab requires knowledge of circuit theory, a fundamental understanding of optical devices, components, and networks, and an understanding of magnetism and magnetic materials. HSSE Lab activities involve designing, simulating, fabricating, testing, and measuring high speed optical and electrical systems. The following sections provide useful materials for performing these activities.

Learning Modules

  1. Electrical Source and Measurement Systems
  2. Optical Source and Measurement Systems
  3. Computer Aided Design (CAD) Tools

How To's

This section provides instructionals important to HSSE Lab activities.

  1. READ FIRST: HSSE Lab Survivor's Guide
  2. How to create a single-FET magnetic field generator circuit
  3. How to characterize optical components
  4. How to determine specific Faraday rotation of a magneto-optic material
  5. How to set up a Sagnac interferometer
  6. How to set up a Mach-Zehnder interferometer
  7. How to set up a Resonator interferometer

Recent Publications

  1. J.W. Pritchard, M. Mina, and P. Dulal, “Demonstration of Magnetooptic Latching Router for All-Optical Networking Applications,” Magnetics, IEEE Transactions on , Vol. 50, No. 11, pp. 1-4, Nov. 2014
  2. J.W. Pritchard and M. Mina, “Communicating with Magnetism,” Magnetics Technologies International, 2014.
  3. J.W. Pritchard and M. Mina, “Magneto-Optic Interferometric Switch With Resonator Configuration,” IEEE Magnetics Letters, Vol. 4, pp. 6000104, 2013.
  4. J.W. Pritchard, M. Mina, and R.J. Weber, “Magnetic Field Generator Design for Magneto-Optic Switching Applications,” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Vol. 49, No. 7, pp. 4242-4244, 2013.
  5. J.W. Pritchard, M. Mina, and N. Bouda, “Feel the Pulse,” Magnetics Technologies International, 2013.
  6. J.W. Pritchard, M. Mina, R.J. Weber, and S. Kemmet, “Low Power Field Generation for Magneto-Optic Fiber-Based Interferometric Switches,” Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 111, pp. 07A941-1 – 07A941-3, 2012.
  7. J.W. Pritchard, M. Mina, and R.J. Weber, “Improved Switching for Magneto-Optic Fiber-Based Technologies,” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Vol. 48, pp. 3772-3775, 2012.
  8. J.W. Pritchard and M. Mina, “Magneto-Optic Switching in Fiber-Optic Systems,” Magnetics Technologies International, 2012.
  9. R.M. Gerdes, M. Mina, S.F. Russell, and T.E. Daniels, “Physical-Layer Identification of Wired Ethernet Devices,” Information Forensics and Security, IEEE Transactions on , Vol. 7, No. 4, pp.1339-1353, 2012.
  10. S. Kemmet, M. Mina, and R.J. Weber, “Magnetic pulse generation for high-speed magneto-optic switching,” Journal of Applied Physics , Vol. 109, No. 7, pp. 07E333 – 07E333-3, 2011.
  11. J.-W. Tioh, R.J. Weber, and M. Mina, “Improved formulation for Faraday rotation characterization,” Journal of Applied Physics , Vol. 109, No. 7, pp. 07E334 – 07E334-3, 2011.
  12. S. Kemmet, M. Mina, and R.J. Weber, “Current-Controlled, High-Speed Magneto-Optic Switching,” Magnetics, IEEE Transactions on , Vol. 46, No. 6, pp.1829-1831, 2010.
  13. J.-W. Tioh, M. Mina, and R.J. Weber, “All-Optical Integrated Switch Utilizing Faraday Rotation,” Magnetics, IEEE Transactions on , Vol. 46, No. 6, pp.2474-2477, 2010.
  14. S. Kemmet, M. Mina, R. J. Weber. “Sagnac Interferometric Switch Utilizing Faraday Rotation.” Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 105, no. 7, Feb. 2009.
  15. J.-W. Tioh, M. Mina, R. J. Weber. “Field Coil for Magneto-Optic Switching: Capacitance Considerations.” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, vol. 44, no. 11, part 2, Nov. 2008.
  16. S. Kemmet, G. Bonett, M. Mina, R. J. Weber. “Fiber based measurements of domain characteristics in bismuth substituted iron garnets.” IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology, pp: 148 – 150, May 2008.
  17. J.-W. Tioh, M. Mina, R. J. Weber. “Magnetically Controlled Switches for Optoelectronics Networking: The Problem, Available Technology, New Implementation.” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, vol. 43, no. 6, June 2007.
  18. S. Kemmet, K. Meyer, M. Mina. “Components testing and characterization for fiber optic communication and data networks.” Iowa Academy of Science Annual Meeting, April 2007.
  19. R. Bahuguna, M. Mina, R. J. Weber. “Mach-Zehnder Interferometric Switch Utilizing Faraday Rotation.” Paper No. BH-01, 10th Joint MMM/Intermag IEEE Conference, Baltimore, Jan. 7-12, 2007.
  20. J. Tioh, M. Mina, R. J. Weber. “Magnetically Controlled Switches for Optoelectronics Networking: The Problem, Available Technology, New Implementations.” Paper No. EU-01, 10th Joint MMM/Intermag IEEE Conference, Baltimore, Jan. 7-12, 2007