Dr. Mauro Fernandes Pereira
Dr. Mauro Fernandes Pereira Professor & Department Chair, Physics
Teaching Areas
Research Interests

Professor and Chair, Department of Physics

Prof. Mauro Fernandes Pereira obtained his PhD at the Optical Sciences Center, University of Arizona and has given important contributions to Nonequlibrium Greens Functions (NEGF) Many Body Theory of Transport and Optics of Semiconductor Materials. His research combines fundamental Mathematical Physics with applications to device development, with an impact in medicine and the environment, with a current emphasis on the protection of water critical infrastructures.

He has been named SPIE Fellow in 2011 for his contributions to the Theory of Semiconductor Materials and Optics.

He created the TERA-MIR concept unifying THz and Mid Infrared Radiation and was the Chair of COST ACTION MP1204: TERA-MIR Radiation: Materials, Generation, Detection and Applications and Chair of the Series of NATO TERA-MIR Conferences (2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018). He coordinates the TERA-MIR Network (http://www.tera-mir.org).

He has been awarded the SPIE Innovation Awards in Quantum Sensing and Nano Electronics and Photonics (2019) for contributions to science and his service through organizing NATO TERA-MIR and COST.

He was a research associate at CBPF, Uni-Rostock and TU-Berlin, a visiting Lecturer at Uni-Bremen, Senior Researcher at Tyndall Institute, Professor and Chair of Theory of Semiconductor Materials and Optics at Sheffield Hallam University and Head of the Department of Condensed Matter Theory at the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic, before joining KU as Professor and Chair of the Physics Department.

  • Dr. Physics (Degree offered in equivalence to the PhD in Optical Sciences), Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), 1993 
  • PhD, Optical Sciences, University of Arizona (USA), 1992
  • MSc, Optical Sciences, University of Arizona (USA), 1989
  • MSc, Physics, PUC, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), 1985
  • BSc, Physics, PUC, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), 1983
Teaching Areas
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Theory of Semiconductor Materials
  • Nonequilibrium Green’s Functions
  • Laser Theory
Research Interests
  • Theory of Semiconductor Materials and Optics, Terahertz and Mid Infrared Radiation (TERA-MIR) more specifically: solid state, nonlinear and quantum optics and transport, semiconductor Bloch equations, heterostructure physics, exciton, optical bistability and computing, polariton and antipolariton effects, band structure engineering, many-body effects, nonequilibrium
  • Greens functions, nonlinear optics, numerical methods and scientific software development.
  • The combination of electronic structure calculations with many body effects, quantum transport and cavity resonator allows the development of realistic models for semiconductor media interacting with light. This provides microscopic insight to predict and optimize the performance and development of new devices that can be realistically simulated and prototyped, enabling an efficient and fast move from basic research to commercialization. The devices addressed by the approach are: semiconductor lasers, quantum cascade lasers, optical control devices, detectors, photo- and thermo-photovoltaics, water quality sensors and breath analysers for medical  diagnostics.
  • Thermodynamics simulations such as catalytic reactors and corresponding software development
  • Modelling of cancer cell blasting and monitoring with E&M radiation.
  • GHz-THz frequency multiplication and Controllable GHz-THz nonlinearities in semiconductor superlattices