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Halligan Hall
Room 240
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Tel: 617-627-5126
Fax: 617-627-3220

Tufts Epitaxial Core Facility

Tom Vandervelde
Associate Professor


Ph.D., Physics, University of Virginia
M.A., Physics, University of Virginia
B.S., Physics, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
B.S., Astronomy, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Honors and Awards

  • Senior Member of The Optics Society of America 2014
  • Tufts University Teaching and Mentoring Award 2011 and 2014
  • Fellow of the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach 2011-Present
  • Intelligence Community Young Investigator Award 2012
  • Alexander Von Humboldt Award 2011
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award 2011
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program Award 2011
  • Inaugural recipient of The John A. and Dorothy M. Adams Endowed Chaired Professorship at Tufts University - 2008 to Present


  • ResearchID | Scopus | Google Scholar
  • The interaction of light with matter.
  • Physics of nanostructures (semiconductor photonics and electronics) and interfaces
  • Special interest in the area of energy materials

Classes Taught

  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • The Physics of Solar Cells
  • Optoelectronic Characterization
  • Advanced Topics in Optoelectronics

Selected Publications

  • "2D Metallic Photonic Crystals for Light Trapping and ARC in Thermophotovoltaic Applications", Corey Shemelya, Dante DeMeo, and Thomas Vandervelde, Appl. Phys. Lett. 104, 021115 (2014)
  • "Stable High Temperature Metamaterial Emitters for Thermphotovoltaic Applications", Corey Shemelya, Dante DeMeo, Xueyuan Wu, Chris Bingham, Willie Padilla, and Thomas Vandervelde, Appl. Phys. Lett. 104, 201113 (2014)
  • "InAs/GaSb Superlattice Infrared Detectors", Robert Rehm, Michael Masur, Johannes Schmitz, Volker Daumer, Jasmin Niemasz, Thomas Vandervelde, Dante DeMeo, Wolfgang Luppold, Matthias Wauro, Andreas Wörl, Frank Rutz, Ralf Scheibner, Johann Ziegler, Martin Walther, Infrared Physics & Technology, 59, 6–11. (2013)
  • "Progress in Infrared Photodetectors Since 2000" C. Downs, T.E. Vandervelde, Sensors 2013, 13(4), 5054-5098"A multispectral and polarization-selective surface-plasmon resonant midinfrared detector", J Rosenberg, RV Shenoi, TE Vandervelde, S Krishna, O Painter, Applied Physics Letters 95 (16), 161101 (2009)
  • "Growth of quantum fortress structures in Si1�' xGex/Si via combinatorial deposition", TE Vandervelde, P Kumar, T Kobayashi, JL Gray, T Pernell, JA Floro, R Hull, JC Bean, Applied physics letters 83 (25), 5205-5207 (2003)