Jessica Piper
Jessica R. Piper, Ph.D.
Associate
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Menlo Park

Dr. Piper is an electrical engineer with expertise in optics and electronics. In the realm of optics, her focus areas include nanophotonic design, simulation, and analysis, including the design of gratings, optical coatings, and metasurfaces; consumer product laser eye safety compliance; and metal optics and plasmonics. In the realm of circuits, Dr. Piper has particular expertise in analog circuit design and troubleshooting, including precision circuits, audio generating and processing circuits, high voltage/high power circuits, and vacuum devices.

Dr. Piper completed her Ph.D. at Stanford University under faculty advisor Shanhui Fan. Her thesis presented the design and analysis of photonic crystal resonators for controlling optical absorption in two-dimensional (atomically-thin) materials such as graphene and monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides. During the summers of her Ph.D. program, Dr. Piper interned at Western Digital Corporation, where she performed plasmonic design and analysis, and conducted thin film experiments, in support of next-generation heat-assisted magnetic recording technology. Prior to her time at Stanford, Dr. Piper owned and operated a small business designing and manufacturing battery-powered synthesizers for experimental music, with a particular focus on chaotic circuits.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2016
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2012
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 2010,

    summa cum laude

  • M.F.A., Music/Sound, Bard College, 2003
  • Stanford Graduate Fellow in Electrical Engineering, 2011–2013

LANGUAGES

  • French

Publications

Piper JR, Fan S. Broadband absorption enhancement in solar cells with an atomically thin active layer. ACS Photonics 2016; 3(4), 571–577. doi:10.1021/acsphotonics.5b00510

Liu Y, Chadha A, Zhao D, Piper JR, Jia Y, et al. Approaching total absorption at near infrared in large area monolayer graphene by critical coupling. Applied Physics Letters 2014; 105(18):81105. doi:10.1063/1.4901181.

Wang KX, Piper JR, Fan S. Optical impedance transformer for transparent conducting electrodes. Nano Letters 2014; 14(5):2755–2758. doi:10.1021/nl500741f.

Piper JR, Liu V, Fan S. Total absorption by degenerate critical coupling. Applied Physics Letters 2014; 104(25):251110. doi:10.1063/1.4885517.

Piper JR, Fan S. Total absorption in a graphene monolayer in the optical regime by critical coupling with a photonic crystal guided resonance. ACS Photonics 2014; 1(4):347–353. doi:10.1021/ph400090p.

Piper JR, Sprott JC. Simple autonomous chaotic circuits. IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs 2010; 57(9):730–734. doi:10.1109/TCSII.2010.2058493.

Presentations

Piper JR. Enhancing absorption in 2d materials using photonic structures. Stanford SystemX Alliance, Stanford CA, November 2015.

Piper JR, Liu V, Fan S. Total absorption by degenerate critical coupling. SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco CA, February 2015.

Piper JR, Fan S. Total absorption in a graphene monolayer in the optical regime by critical coupling with a photonic crystal guided resonance. Near Field Optics 13, Salt Lake City UT, September 2014.

Piper JR, Fan S. Total absorption in a graphene monolayer in the optical regime by critical coupling with a photonic crystal guided resonance. SPIE Optics + Photonics, San Diego CA, August 2014.

Piper JR, Hansen P, Hesselink L. Fundamentals of excitation and resonance of a near-field transducer in the presence of a conductive magnetic recording medium. SPIE Photonics West, February 2012.

Prior Experience

Optical Design Intern, Western Digital Corporation, 2010–2014

Network Engineer, Mitre Corporation, 2010

Owner, Flower Electronics, 2006–2010

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Applied Physics Letters

ACS Photonics

IEEE Photonics Technology Letters

Nanoscale

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2016
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2012
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 2010,

    summa cum laude

  • M.F.A., Music/Sound, Bard College, 2003
  • Stanford Graduate Fellow in Electrical Engineering, 2011–2013

LANGUAGES

  • French