Vladimir V. Fedorov

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Campbell Hall 421
(205) 934-5318

Research and Teaching Interests: Quantum Electronics, Solis-State Physics, Laser Spectroscopy, Laser Physics, Nonlinear Optics

Office Hours: By appointment only


  • B.S., Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia
  • M.S., Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia
  • Ph.D., General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Dr. Vladimir V. Fedorov received his PhD degree in physics for his work on color center lasers and laser spectroscopy of the rare earth aggregate centers at General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Since 2000 he has been working at the Department of Physics of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is currently a Research Associate Professor, and senior scientist consultant of IPG Photonics Corporation (a world leading provider of high power fiber lasers and fiber amplifiers). During recent years his research has been focused on physics of laser media based on semiconductor materials with transition metals impurities. Dr. Fedorov combines scientific research with advanced technological inventions and developments. His patents on technology developed at UAB were licensed to the IPG Photonics Corporation. His research also includes collaboration with many industry partners. Dr. Fedorov with colleagues received "Snell Premium" of the Institute of Electrical Engineers of the United Kingdom in 2004. 

Research Interests

During recent years my research has been focused on physics of laser media based on wideband semiconductor materials (ZnS, ZnSe, CdSe, etc) with transition metal impurities (Fe, Cr, Co, Ni, etc) as well as on development of a tunable Mid-IR laser sources for a variety of applications including: molecular spectroscopy, multi-photon microscopy, remote sensing for environmental monitoring, industrial process control, medical diagnostics, material processing, free space communication, oil and gas prospecting, surgical procedures including dental and cosmetology applications, as well as numerous defense related applications. The research program includes study of new wideband semiconductor materials doped by transition metals to expand the tunability of solid-state lasers to the 2-10 µm spectral range.

The transition metal doped wideband semiconductor solid-state lasers utilize direct intra-shell optical excitation. However, these materials hold potential for direct electrical excitation. Electrically pumped sources would be ideal for compact and portable lasers in the mid-IR. Therefore, another specific research project focuses on the development of a new type of electrically pumped solid-state laser. The major objectives of the project include a comprehensive study of energy transfer mechanisms from electrical carriers to transition-metal ions due to carrier impact and recombination in bulk and quantum confined structures.

Recent Courses

  • PH 491: Advanced Physics Laboratory

Select Publications

  • NoSoung Myoung, Jung Su Park, Alan Martinez, Jeremy Peppers, Sang-Youp Yim, Won Seok Han, Vladimir V. Fedorov, and Sergey B. Mirov, “Mid-IR spectroscopy of Fe:ZnSe quantum dots”, Optics Express 24, Issue 5, pp. 5366-5375 (2016)
  • 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”, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics In Quantum Electronics, vol. 21, No 1, Article#: 1601719, pp1-19, (2015).
  • S. Mirov, V. Fedorov, I. Moskalev, M. Mirov, D. Martyshkin “Frontiers of mid-infrared lasers based on transition metal doped II–VI semiconductors” [Invited] Journal of Luminescence, 133, pp 268–275 (2013)
  • S. Mirov, V. Fedorov "New Regimes of Excitation And Mid-IR Lasing Of Transition Metal Doped II–VI Crystals" Chapter in “Mid-Infrared Coherent Sources and Applications” Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh, Irina T Sorokina. (Eds.), Subseries: NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics, Springer Netherlands, pp. 261-314, (2008).
  • 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,” Journal of Luminescence, Vol. 125, Issues 1-2, pages 184-195, (2007)
  • V.V. Fedorov, S.B. Mirov, A. Gallian, D.V. Badikov, M.P. Frolov, Yu.V. Korostelin, V.I. Kozlovsky, A.I. Landman, Yu.P. Podmar’kov, V.A. Akimov, A.A. Voronov “3.77–5.05-mm Tunable Solid-State Lasers Based on Fe2+-Doped ZnSe Crystals Operating at Low and Room Temperatures”, IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, vol. 42, No. 9, Pages 907-917, (2006)
  • A. Gallian, V. V. Fedorov, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Badikov, S. N. Galkin, E. F. Voronkin, and A. I. Lalayants, "Hot-pressed ceramic Cr2+:ZnSe gain-switched laser", Optics Express, Vol. 14, 11694 (2006)
  • J. Kernal, V. V. Fedorov, A. Gallian, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Badikov,”3.9-4.8 µm gain-switched lasing of Fe:ZnSe at room temperature”, Optics Express, Vol. 13, No. 26, pp. 10608 – 10615, (2005)
  • 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, fiber, and potentially electrically pumped Cr2+:ZnS mid-IR external cavity and microchip lasers", IEE Optoelectronics, v.150, Issue 04, pp340-345 (2003).

Academic Distinctions and Professional Societies

  • Member, International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) and Optical Society of America (OSA)
  • Snell Premium Laureate. Dr. Fedorov with colleagues received "Snell Premium" of the Institute of Electrical Engineers of the United Kingdom in 2004 for the input in optoelectronics and development of Cr:ZnS mid-IR external cavity and microchip lasers
  • Paper written with S. B. Mirov, B. Boczar, R. Frost and B. Pryor was selected from the world literature for the book: “Selected papers on color-center lasers”, editor, Kenneth James Teegarden, The International Society for Optical Engineering, 2003
  • Not only have the research results been cited in the top physics journals and Laser Handbooks (see for example: Springer Handbook of Lasers and Optics, Editors: Frank Träger Prof., Springer 2007; and Handbook of Lasers (Laser & Optical Science & Technology), by Marvin J. Weber, 2001 CRC Press LLC. ) but they also have been included in the graduate student textbook (Solid-State Lasers and Applications , edited by Alphan Sennaroglu, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC 2007)