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Gamani Karunasiri
Distinguished Professor
Mail Code: PH/Kg
Department of Physics
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-2886
Email: karunasiri (at)
PhD - University of Pittsburgh, 1984
BS - University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1979
  • 2007 - present Professor of Physics
  • 2000 - 2006 Associate Professor of Physics
  • 1994 - 2000 Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, National University of Singapore
  • 1987 - 1993 Assistant Research Engineer, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Solid State Physics
  • Semiconductor Devices
  • Optoelectronics
  • Micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS)
  • Quantum well infrared detectors
  • Uncooled thermal imagers
  • Artificial vision systems
  • Infrared face recognition
  • MEMS based sensors
  • Teaching Honors list Award (1999, 2000)
  • Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship (1983-1984)
  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (View an extended list)
  • G. Karunasiri, Spontaneous pulse generation using silicon controlled rectifier, Appl. Phys. Lett., 89, 023501 (2006).
  • M. P. Touse, G. Karunasiri, L. R. Kevin, H. Li, and T. Mei, Near and mid infrared detection using GaAs/InxGa1-xAs/InyGa1-yAs multiple step quantum wells, Appl. Phys. Lett., 86, 093501 (2005).
  • Performance of Microbolometer Focal Plane Arrays under Varying Pressure, IEEE EDL, 21, 233-235 (2000). (X. He, G. Karunasiri, T. Mei, W. J. Zeng, P. Neuzil, and U. Sridhar)
  • Tunable Infrared Modulator and Switch Using Stark Shift in Step Quantum Wells, Electron Device Letters, 11, 227 (1990). (G. Karunasiri, Y. J. Mii, and K. L. Wang)
  • New Mode of Infrared Detection Using Quantum Wells, Appl. Phys. Lett. 45, 649 (1984). (D. D. Coon and G. Karunasiri)
  • Keywords: Physics, solid-state, Optoelectronics, infrared, semiconductors, heterostructures

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