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Narsingh Singh

Contact Description
Office: MEYR 366
Phone: 410-455-3427

Research Professor

Post-Doctoral Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 1979; Ph.D. Gorakhpur University, India 1977

Professional Interests

Dr. N. B. Singh, a Fellow of the American Society of Materials (ASM) International, a Fellow of the Society of Photonics and Instrumentations Engineering (SPIE) and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America is internationally known for his researches on EOIR, Lasers, AO, RF, Microelectronic materials  and Chemical, Biological and Radiation detectors.  Dr. Singh’s interests center on “Development of Materials, Devices and Subcomponents for Military and commercial Applications” which utilize solidification, physical vapour transport, crystal growth of bulk, thin crystals, nanocubes, nanodots, coatings, device fabrications and characterization. Currently, this research has following foci:

Chemical and materials processes: Development of chemical and mechanical processes which involved chemistry, thermodynamics, fluid flow, etching, coatings and metallurgical knowledge.
2.    Nanowires based Naño-APDS and Nanoelectronics: Nano-APDs for single photon detections and nanoelectronic for high frequency and low power applications.
3.    Dielectric Materials with colossal values for high pulse power:Development of materials with dielectric constant greater than100, 000 and processes to meet the requirements of high energy pulse applications.
4.    Radiation Detector Materials: Development of novel class of detectors such as halides and chalcogenides for ƒ×-ray detections and organic and organometallic molecules for neutron detection.
5.    AOTF based Hyperspectral Imagers: Development of practical Mid wave infrared (MWIR) and long wave infrared (LWIR) multi/hyperspectral Acousto-Optic (AO) crystal based imagers using unique and very anisotropic crystals grown by Bridgman and PVD method.
6.    NLO Materials for MWIR and LWIR Laser Development: Development of Second harmonic (SHG) and Optical Parametric Oscillation (OPO) laser materials and fabricate by using all common mode of solidification encountered in casting, welding processes and crystal growth. Research is focused to produce materials for lasers, and electro-optic modulators.
7.    Novel Heat spreader: Development of composites with very high thermal conductivity and  novel approach to process materials which produces high conductivity.
8.    Nanocubes and Nanodots for SWIR and MWIR detectors: Nanocubes and nanodots of PbSe type materials which have great potential for the high temperature detectors.
9.    Novel large area materials for Commercial/Defence Applications; Large area (6”) size SiC and AlN are essential for commercial and defense applications. Physical vapor deposition (PVD) cannot produce at this stage high quality large size boules of that size. We are developing novel technique which will meet this goal.
10. RF Heterostructure Materials for High Power Applications:  Development of wide band heterostructures of SiC and AlN by PVD for high power applications: Interactions involve fluid-mechanical forces, convective heat transfer, and solutal diffusion fields near solid-liquid and solid-vapor interfaces.
11. UV Filter Sensors: UV crystals are excellent for plume detections nd for biological microscopes. We are developing these materials by low temperature growth methods.
12. Laser host materials for high power lasers: Several halides and SiC-AlN has very high thermal conductivity compared to commercial YAG host and can be used for high power lasers. We are developing novel method and composition for high IRCM power applications.
13. Naño-Engineered Quantum Dot limiters for Laser threat: We are developing materials for Surface Plasmon Polaritons Quantum Dot Limiters (SPPs-QDTL) for enhancing the sensitivity in low light detection and for laser threat warning systems.
14. Quasi- Phase Matched Materials: Development of Quasiphase materials for Laser frequency conversion, EM and Structural applications. It Involves domain engineering, bandgap engineering for EO applications and lattice hardening for structural applications.
15. Coating Developments (AR, AT and Protective): Development of coatings for anti-reflection (AR), anti-tamper (AT) and protection applications: Involves design and multi-level coatings for wafer, devices and components.

Selected Publications

A partial list of the publications, presentations and internal reports is given here. Dr. Singh has published more than 200 research papers in highly reputed Journals of U.S.A., U.K., Belgium, France, Germany and India, presented more than 120 conference papers including more than 60 invited talks. He has written more than 200 trade secrets including 19 patents. He edited three books and has been in the editorial board of several journals. Currently he is an Associate Editor of the journal Progress in Crystal Growth and Characterization.

  1. Selenides for Nonlinear Optical applications, J. Emerging Materials Research, 1, 12, 185 (2012)
  2. Performance of Novel Materials for Radiation Detection:  Tl3AsSe3, TlGaSe2, Tl4HgI6,J. Nuclear Instrumentation and Methods in Physics Research Section A  652, 183-185 (2011)
  3. Characteristics of thick ZnSe films on quasi-phase-matched (QPM) GaAs, J.Crystal Growth 312, 1142 (2010).
  4. Quaternary AgGaGenSe2(n+1) crystals for NLO applications, J. Crystal Growth 312 , 1114 (2010).
  5. Effect of AlN doping on the growth morphology of SiC, J. Crystal Research and Technology, 44, 9 903-909  (2009)
  6. Optical probes of orientation patterned ZnSe quasi-phase-matched devices, J. Optical Engineering , 48(11), 114201 (2009).
  7. (SiC)x(AlN)1-x solid-solution substrates for high temperature and high power devices ,Crystal Growth and Design,  10 (8), (2010) 3508–3514
  8. Effect of growth conditions on the morphology of PbSe, J. Crystal Growth, 311, 1080-1086 (2009)
  9. Novel quaternary semiconductor materials; growth and characterization, IEEE  Trans. Nuclear  Sci. 56, 3 813 (2009).
  10. Development of Advanced Radiation Materials and Sensors, ES Technical Journal, 1,4, 53-64 (2008).
  11. Morphology of thick SiC epitaxial film grown by PVT method,, J. Electronic Materials37 (2008) 379.
  12. Operational characteristics of LWIR AOTF based multispectral imager, J. Optical Engineering Vol.47, 1, 013201 (2008).
  13. Crystal growth, fabrication, and design of mercurous bromide acousto-optic tunable filters; Optical Engineering, 46, 6, 064001-6 (2007).
  14. Properties of NLO Crystals in THz Wavelength Region, J. Optical Engineering, 45(9), 094002-1 (2006).
  15. Periodically Poled Materials for Long Wavelength Infrared (LWIR) NLO Applications, J. Crystal Growth, 274/1-2, 132-137 (2005).
  16. X-ray studies of langasite film grown by LPE, J. Materials Science Letters, 22, 1621 (2003)
  17. Noncollinear optical parametric oscillator design for walk-off reduction in GaSe crystals, Optical Engineering 42/11, 3270(2003)
  18. Physical vapor transport growth of large AlN crystals, J. Crystal Growth  250/1-2, 107(2003)
  19. PVT growth and characteristics of AlN single  crystals, Physics of Semiconductor Devices 1, 117 (2003)


Honors and Awards

Engineering Materials Achievement Award
The American Society of Materials (ASM) International
For the Development of  Material for an AOTF (Acousto-Optic Tunable Filter) based Hyperspectral Imager for Homeland  Defense Applications
OSA Fellow Lecturership Award,
The Optical Society of America
For the pioneering research and lectures
Fellow Optical Society of America
The Optical Society of America
Growth Design and Development of Novel Crystal Based Devices”
Fellow, ASM International
The American Society of America International
Development of ‘Heavy-Metal Halides for Opto-electronic Devices
Fellow, SPIE
Fellow , SPIE-The International Society for Optical Engineering
Development of “High Temperature UV Filters for PMAWS
Industry Star
Industry Week R&D
Development of UV crystals
Honourable mention
International Metallographic Society
Effect of anisotropy during Ostwald Ripening.
Smt Mayawati Juneja Award
Indian Association of Solid-State Chemists
Life time achievements
Advisory Board Member for ICCG
International Association of Crystal Growers
ICCG Conference
Saul Award
Prasad Institute of Technology, Jaunpur
Outstanding teacher and researchers
Panel Members for Army MURI
ARO Army, sponsored on Hyperspectral Imaging
ASM lecturership Award
The American Society of Materials International
Outstanding research and teaching
Panel member, NMAB
National Academy of Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering Research
Advisory Board
Alabama A&M University
Center of NLO Materials,  Alabama A&M University
Advisory Board
Alabama A&M University
Distinguished Student list of the University
Chemistry Department, Gorakhpur University
Outstanding Research and teaching
Mid Atlantic Section Award
Mid Atlantic Section of AACG
Award for contribution to crystal growth
Westinghouse Signature Award
Westinghouse Electric Corporation
Development of Crystals for PMAWS
Senior Crystal Growth Award
Pittsburgh Chapter of Crystal Growers
Contributions for crystal growth research
Certificate of appreciation by Pittsburgh Chemists Club
Pittsburgh’s Chemists Club
Pioneering work on crystal growth research
Associate Editor, Progress in Crystal Growth and Characterization
Elsevier Press (Pargamon Press)
Crystal Growth and Characterization
Editorial Board
International Materials Review
three years
Certificate of creative investigation
Research paper
Award for the services and contribution
Electronic Materials Committee of TMS
Outstanding services
Honorable mention for Dendritic morphology
The metallographic Society
Effect of anisotropy on dendritic morphology
COSIP award of UGC
Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur, India
Zone-melting Studies of Eutectics
  • Journal of Crystal Growth
  • Journal of Optical Materials
  • Molecular Crystal and Liquid Crystals
  • Indian Journal of Chemistry
  • Indian  Journal of Pure and Applied Physics
  • Journal of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics
  • Journal of Emerging Materials Science
  • Met Transactions
  • Journal of Chemical Engineering
  • Journal of Optical Engineering
  • Journal of Crystal Design
  • Journal of Crystal Research and Technology
  • Journal of American Chemical Society
  • Journal of Optical Society of America
Panel member, Several Awards Committee
International Advisory Committee member
Indo-US Workshop on Spectroscopy
International Advisory Board of the Meeting
International Conference on Multifunctional Materials, Energy and Atmosphere, Sharda University, India
August 2013
ASM International-Indian Institute of Materials Visiting Lectureship Award
American Society of Materials (ASM) International and Indian Institute of Materials Joint Award
Octobet 28, 2013


International Conference on Multifunctional Materials, Energy and Atmosphere Sharda University, Noida, India , August 21-23, 2013
MST-13:Joint meeting of American Society of Materials, American Ceramic Society, The Mineral and Materials Society and Iron and Steel Society, Montreal Canada, October 27-31, 2013
OSA Fellow Lectures

Sharda University, Noida (UP) India

Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (UP) India

BBS Purvanchal University, Jaunpur (UP) India

Tilak Dhari Post-Graduate College, Jaunpur (UP) India


Indo-US Workshop on Spectroscopy Jan, 18-20, 2013

The main thrust of the workshop is to explore and analyze and view in deep the cutting edge researches in spectroscopy based technologies and sensors which would be immediately applicable for the detection of explosives,chemicals and biological agents. During the technical sessions of the workshop the discussions will be focused on the following topics with special emphasis to security.

  • Advances in Laser Spectroscopy
  • Explosive Detection
  • Chemical and Biological Detection
  • Nuclear Detection
  • Energy Security
  • Optical Spectroscopy
  • Photoacoustic Spectroscopy
  • Optical Fiber Sensors
  • Materials for Clean Energy and Security
  • Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy
  • Materials for Generating THz Frequency and their
  • Applications in Security
  • MEMS based Sensors
  • X-ray Spectroscopy and its Applications
SPIE -Photonics and Optics, San Diego, CA 2012
Session Chair and Invited Speaker
MST-12:Joint meeting of American Society of Materials, American Ceramic Society, The Mineral and Materials Society and Iron and Steel Society, Pittsburgh, PA, October 7-11, 2012
Organizer and Chair
ASM-IIM Lectureship Award
  • IIT, Banaras Hindu University August 17, 2013
  • Udai Pratap Post Graduate College, Varanasi, August 12, 2013.
  • International Conference on Multi-functional Materials, Sharda University, August 21-23, 2013


Research Description

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Dr. Singh and his group is involved in materials research and technology development, which is strategically focused on selecting, modeling, growing, fabricating and coating electro-optical (EO) materials for detectors, RF materials for high power RF and electronics, and materials for radiation detectors. He has personally performed and managed research for many development programs for bulk and nano engineered, FPA materials such as CZT and most recently Si based substrates for MCT substrates and CZT for radiation detection, acousto-optic (AO) based sensors, dielectric materials, QPM structures for Mid-IR lasers and AlN and SiC substrates for high power RF and high temperature microelectronics, organic materials for substrates and nonlinear optical (NLO) applications and radiation detector materials. He has transferred AO sensor technologies using TAS, high temperature UV filter for PMAWS system, and hyperspectral imaging technology based on TAS crystals for far-IR wavelength. His researches can be summarized as:

  • Nanocubes and Nanodots for SWIR and MWIR detectors
  • Chemical and materials processes
  • Dielectric Materials with colossal values for high pulse power
  • Nanowires based Naño-APDS
  • Radiation Detectors and Materials
  • AOTF based Hyperspectral Imagers
  • NLO Materials for MWIR and LWIR Laser Development Novel approach for Diamon-Al and Diamond-Cu Heat spreader
  • SiC Bulk single crystals and novel large area materials for Commercial/Defense Applications
  • UV Filter Sensors for Missile Warning
  • Ga2O3 and  SiC –AlN Wurtzite materials for Commercial and Defense Electronics
  • Laser host materials for high power lasers
  • Nano-Engineered Quantum Dot limiters for Laser threat
  • Focal Plane Materials and IR detectors
  • MWIR and LWIR Lasers
  • Organic Materials for Substrates and high efficiency NLO Applications