Dr. Lukasz Sterczewski

Lukasz Sterczewski is a NASA-funded postdoctoral research fellow in the Microdevices Laboratory at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. He is a laser spectroscopist with particular interest in the novel, simultaneously broadband and high resolution dual frequency comb technique for sensing trace amounts of molecular species with chip-scale systems. His doctoral work conducted in the PULSE laboratory at Princeton University, and THz Laboratory at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland, focused on developing hardware and computational techniques enabling to perform frequency comb spectroscopy in the presence of excessive amounts of noise and unstabilized operation of semiconductor sources. Prior to joining JPL, he was a postdoctoral researcher in his alma mater in Poland, where he was advancing optical fiber based dual-frequency-comb sources to permit their low-power, stable and robust operation. He is a recipient of the START scholarship from the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) for 100 best scientists of all disciplines below 30 years of age, and the scholarship for graduate students with outstanding achievements by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.


Education: 
  • Ph.D. in Telecommunications, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland (2018) (2.5 years at Princeton University as a visiting graduate student).
  • M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (Applied Electronics), Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland (2014)
  • B.Sc. in Control Engineering and Robotics, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland (2013)

Research Interests: 
  • Laser spectroscopy
  • Gas sensing
  • Semiconductor sources
  • Frequency comb generation
  • Ultrafast optics
  • Counterfeit drug detection
  • Signal processing
  • Electronics
  • Hyperspectral imaging

Professional Experience: 
  • NASA Post-Doctoral Fellow (NPP) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (2019-present)
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland, EU (2018-2019)
  • NASA Graduate Fellow, JPL (summer of 2017)
  • Visiting Graduate Student, Princeton University (2015-2018)

Selected Awards: 
  • NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship (NPP) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2018)
  • Scholarship of the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) for young scientists within the START program, 2018
  • Scholarship of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education for Graduate Students with Outstanding Achievements, 2017
  • The Kosciuszko Foundation Grant for the academic year 2017/18 for research on the use of dual-comb spectroscopy in pharmaceutical applications
  • “Best Student Paper Award" , SPIE Photonics West - Terahertz, RF, Millimeter, and Submillimeter-Wave Technology and Applications IX, 2016

Selected Publications: 
  1. L. A. Sterczewski*, J. Westberg*, and G. Wysocki, "Computational coherent averaging for free-running dual-comb spectroscopy," Optics Express 27, (2019)
  2. L. A. Sterczewski, A. Przewloka, W. Kaszub, and J. Sotor, "Computational Doppler-limited dual-comb spectroscopy with a free-running all-fiber laser," ArXiV Preprint [physics], 1905.04647 (2019)
  3. L. A. Sterczewski*, J. Westberg*, Y. Yang, D. Burghoff, J. Reno, Q. Hu, and G. Wysocki, "Terahertz hyperspectral imaging with dual chip-scale combs," Optica, 6, 766-771 (2019)
  4. L. A. Sterczewski*, J. Westberg*, M. Bagheri, C. Frez, I. Vurgaftman, C. L. Canedy, W. W. Bewley, C. D. Merritt, C. S. Kim, M. Kim, J. R. Meyer, and G. Wysocki, "Mid-infrared dual-comb spectroscopy with interband cascade lasers," Optics Letters 44, 2113-2116 (2019)
  5. L. A. Sterczewski*, J. Westberg*, C. L. Patrick, C. S. Kim, M. Kim, C. L. Canedy, W. W. Bewley, C. D. Merritt, I. Vurgaftman, J. R. Meyer, and G. Wysocki, "Multiheterodyne spectroscopy using interband cascade lasers," Optical Engineering 57, 011014 (2018)
Lukasz Sterczewski
Address: 
4800 Oak Grove Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91109