Sergey Mirov

University Professor of Physics This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Campbell Hall 421
(205) 934-8088

Research and Teaching Interests: Quantum Electronics, Solid State and Laser Physics, Optical materials, Laser Spectroscopy, Sensing

Office Hours: By appointment only


  • Ph.D., P. N. Lebedev Physics Institute, USSR Academy of Sciences, Solid State and Laser Physics

I am a USSR-born naturalized American scholar serving as University Professor of Physics and director of the UAB Center for Optical Sensors and Spectroscopies. I served as a staff research physicist at the P. N. Lebedev Physics Institute, and as a principal research scientist and a group leader at the General Physics Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences. Since 1993 I have been a faculty member at the Department of Physics.


Research Interests

My main fields of interest include tunable solid-state lasers, laser spectroscopy, sensing, and quantum electronics. Specifically, my research interests include tunable middle-infrared lasers based on II-VI wide band semiconductors doped with transition metal ions, the development of laser-based techniques for environmental monitoring and medical diagnostics on the micro- and macroscopic levels (including laser break-down and laser atomic fluorescence spectroscopies), middle-infrared frequency comb sensing, Raman characterization of protein crystals, and developing time-resolved laser induced fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy of normal and malignant tissues.

Recent Courses

I developed and currently teach a three part Undergraduate/Graduate Laser Physics/Laser Spectroscopy curricula. Laser Physics I & II courses include basic physics and engineering of lasers of all kinds, as well as various issues of relevance to lasers and electro-optics including application of nonlinear optics, harmonic generation, and parametric processes. The Laser Spectroscopy course embraces basic concepts and instrumentation as well as its applications in physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine.

I teach two-semester College Physics and General Physics curricula often. The first course covers kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum, rotational and harmonic motion, waves, fluid dynamics, heat, and thermodynamics. The second course covers electricity and magnetism, circuits, optics, and nuclear and modern physics.

Select Publications

  • T.T. Basiev, S.B. Mirov, "Room temperature tunable color center lasers," Laser Science & Technology book Ser., 16, eds. V.S. Letokhov, C.V. Shank, Y.R. Shen, H. Walter (Gordon and Breach Science Publ./Harwood Acad. Publ, 1994), 1-160.
  • A. Kudryavtsev, S. B. Mirov, L. DeLucas, C. Gale, S. Craig, B. Rosenblum, "The effect of ordering of internal water in thaumatin and lysozyme crystals as revealed by Raman method," Journal of Crystal Growth 219 (2000):102-14.
  • S.B. Mirov, V.V. Fedorov, K. Graham, I. S. Moskalev, I.T. Sorokina and E. Sorokin, V. Gapontsev, D. Gapontsev, V.V. Badikov, V. Panyutin, “Diode and fiber pumped Cr2+:ZnS mid-IR external cavity and microchip lasers,” IEE Optoelectronics, 150 (4, 2003):340-45. This article has been awarded with the Snell Premium by the IEE, UK.
  • W.B. Martin, S.B. Mirov, D. Martyshkin, A. Shaw, “Hemoglobin absorption isotherm at the silica-water interface with evanescent wave cavity ring-down spectroscopy,” Journal of Biomedical Optics 10 (2, 2005):024025-1-7.
  • V.V. Fedorov, A. Gallian, I. Moskalev, S.B. Mirov, “En route to electrically pumped broadly tunable middle infrared lasers based on transition metal doped II-VI semiconductors,” invited article, Journal of Luminescence 125 (2007):184-95.
  • S.B. Mirov, V.V. Fedorov, I.S. Moskalev, D. Martyshkin, C. Kim, “Progress in Cr2+ and Fe2+ doped mid-IR laser materials,” invited review, Laser & Photonics Review 4 (1, 2010):21-41.
  • H.N. Green, S.D. Crockett, K.P. Singh, W.E. Grizzle, E.L. Rosenthal, S.B. Mirov, “A histological evaluation and in vivo assessment of intratumoral near infrared photothermal nanotherapy-induced tumor regression,” International Journal of Nanomedicine 9 (2014):1-10.
  • S. Mirov, V. Fedorov, D. Martyshkin, I. Moskalev, M. Mirov, S. Vasilyev, “Progress in mid-IR lasers based on Cr and Fe doped II-VI chalcogenides,” invited paper, IEEE Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics 21 (1, 2015):1601719.
  • S. Vasilyev, I. Moskalev, M. Mirov, S. Mirov, V. Gapontsev, “Multi-Watt mid-IR femtosecond polycrystalline Cr2+:ZnS and Cr2+:ZnSe laser amplifiers with the spectrum spanning 2.0–2.6 μm,” Optics Express 24 (2, 2016):1616-23.

See a complete list of Dr. Mirov's publications on his Google Scholar page.

Academic Distinctions and Professional Societies

  • Fellow, National Academy of Inventors
  • Fellow, Optical Society of America
  • Member of IEEE, SPIE and American Physical Society
  • Director, Center for Optical Sensors and Spectroscopies, 2012
  • University Professor of Physics, 2010
  • Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland Prize for Scholarly Distinction, 2009
  • Snell Premium Laureate (Royal Institute of Electrical Engineers, UK), 2004
  • Soviet Union Young Scientist's First Prize Winner, 1982