Dr. Sarath Gunapala

Born

Yatiyantota, Kegalle, Sri Lanka

Residence

Los Angeles

Nationality

Sri Lankan American

Alma mater

Nalanda College, Colombo,
University of Colombo
University of Pittsburgh

Known for

Quantum Well Infrared Photodetector
Infrared imaging technology

Institutions

Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA

Education

Ph.D.-Physics, University of Pittsburgh, 1985
M.S.-Physics, University of Pittsburgh
B.S.-Physics, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1979
Grade 6- 12 – Nalanda College, Colombo, Sri Lanka (1966 – 1974)

Professional Experience

JPL Fellow (2014)
Director - Center for Infrared Photodetectors, Senior Research Scientist, Principle Member of Engineering Staff, Technology Community Leader, and Manager - Infrared Photonics Technology Group Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA (1992 - present)
Member of Technical Staff AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey (1988-1992)
Research Associate Bell Communication Research (1985 - 1988)

Selected Awards

  • OSA Fellow, 2015
  • NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, 2014
  • IEEE Fellow, November 2013
  • IEEE Aron Kressel Award, Highest award given by IEEE Photonics Society for the development of photonics devices, July 2013
  • Magellan Award, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 2011
  • Career Award, U.S. Army/RDECOM/CERDEC, Night Vision & Electronic Sensor Directorate, 2011
  • IEEE Distinguish Lecturer Award, April 2010
  • Fellow SPIE, January 2008
  • Keerthi Sri Felicitation, Nalanda Collage, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2007
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for the development of Hyperspectral QWIP Imager, Washington DC, May 2005
  • NASA Space Act Award: Exceptional Performance, Washington DC, July 2004
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Sri Lanka Foundation, Los Angeles, USA, 2003
  • NASA Space Act Award, Washington DC, July 2003
  • NASA Space Act Award: Exceptional Performance, Washington DC, July 2002
  • NASA Space Act Award: Exceptional Performance, Washington DC, January 2002
  • Induction to United States Space Foundation Technology Hall of Fame, US Space Foundation, Colorado Springs, CO, 2001
  • Exceptional Achievement Award for Technology Applications Program, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 1999
  • NASA/AIAA Effective Partnership Award, Huntsville, AL, October 29, 1998
  • NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal, Washington DC, April 1996
  • Award for Excellence, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 1996
  • Exceptional Achievement Award for Technology Applications Program, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 1995
  • Lew Allen Award for Excellence, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 1994
  • AT&T Performance Award, AT&T Bell Laboratories, 1992
  • National Research Council Senior Research Associteship Award, 1991
  • AT&T Performance Award, AT&T Bell Laboratories, 1991
  • AT&T Performance Award, AT&T Bell Laboratories, 1990
  • Award for outstanding performance, Bell Core, 1987
  • First Class Honor in Physics, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1979

Selected Publications

  • S. D. Gunapala, J. K. Liu, J. S. Park, and T. L. Lin, "16 µm Infrared Hot Electron Transistor", Quantum Well Intersubband Transition Physics and Devices, edited by H. C. Liu, B. F. Levine, and J. Y. Andersson, NATO ASI Series, Vol. 270, pp. 167-176, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1994.
  • S. D. Gunapala and K. M. S. V. Bandara, "Recent Developments in Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors", Physics of Thin Films, Vol. 21, pp. 113-237, Academic Press, 1995.
  • S. D. Gunapala, " Infrared radiation ", McGraw-Hill 1997 Yearbook of Science & Technology Encyclopedia, pp. 249-252, December 1996.
  • S. D. Gunapala and S. V. Bandara, “GaAs Infrared Detectors”, Properties of Gallium Arsenide, 3rd Edition, EMIS Datareviews series No. 16, pp. 906-917, An INSPEC publication, 1996.
  • S. D. Gunapala, S. V. Bandara, J. K. Liu, W. Hong, M. Sundaram, R. Carralejo, C. A. Shott, P. D. Maker, and R. E. Muller, “9 Micron Cutoff 640x486 GaAs/AlxGa1-xAs Quantum Well Infrared Photodetector Snap-shot Camera", Intersubband Transitions in Quantum Wells: Physics and Devices, pp. 193-198, Kluwer Academic Publishers, December, 1998.
  • S. Bandara, S. Gunapala, J. Liu, J. Mumolo, E. Luong, W. Hong and D. Sengupta, “Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors: Device Physics and Light Coupling”, Intersubband Transitions in Quantum Wells: Physics and Devices, pp. 43-49, Kluwer Academic Publishers, December, 1998.
  • S. D. Gunapala and S. V. Bandara, “Quantum Well Infrared Photodetector (QWIP) Focal Plane Arrays,” Semiconductors and Semimetals, Vol. 62, 197-282, Academic Press, 1999.
  • S. D. Gunapala and S. V. Bandara, “Quantum Well Infrared Photodetector (QWIP),” Handbook of Thin Film Devices, Vol. 2, 63-99, Academic Press, 2000.
  • S. D. Gunapala and S. V. Bandara, “GaAs/AlGaAs based quantum well infrared photodetector focal plane arrays,” Handbook of Infrared Detection Technologies, 83-117, Elsevier, 2002.
  • David Z.-Y. Ting, Alexander Soibel, Linda Hoglund, Jean Nguyen, Cory J. Hill, Arezou Khoshakhlagh, and Sarath D. Gunapala, “Type-II Superlattice Infrared Detectors,” Semiconductors and Semimetals, Vol. 84, 1-57, Academic Press, 2011.
  • S. D. Gunapala, S. V. Bandara, S. B. Rafol, and D. Z. Ting, “Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors,” Semiconductors and Semimetals, Vol. 84, 59-151, Academic Press, 2011.
  • D. Z. Ting, A. Soibel, S. A. Keo, C. J. Hill, J. M. Mumolo, L. Höglund, J. Nguyen, A. Khoshakhlagh, Sir B. Rafol, J. K. Liu, and S. D. Gunapala, “Mid- and Long-Wavelength Barrier Infrared Detectors,” in The Wonder of Nanotechnology: Quantum Optoelectronic Devices and Applications, M. Razeghi. L. Esaki, and K. von Klitzing, Eds., SPIE Press, Bellingham, WA, pp. 379-405, 2013.
  • Sarath D. Gunapala, Sir B. Rafol, David Z. Ting, Alexander Soibel, John K. Liu, Arezou Khoshakhlagh, Sam A. Keo, Jason M. Mumolo, Linda Höglund, and Jean Nguyen, “Modulation Transfer Function Measurements of Infrared Focal Plane Arrays,” in The Wonder of Nanotechnology: Quantum Optoelectronic Devices and Applications, M. Razeghi. L. Esaki, and K. von Klitzing, Eds., SPIE Press, Bellingham, WA, pp. 407-434, 2013.