Athos Petrou, PhD

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UB Distinguished Professor

327 Fronczak
(716) 645-6183


  • BS, Physics, University of Athens, Greece – 1976
  • MS, Physics, Purdue University, US – 1979
  • PhD, Physics, Purdue University, US – 1983
  • Postdoctoral Research at Postdoctoral Fellow, 1983-1985, Department of Physics, Northeastern University, Boston MA

Research Area


Magneto-spectroscopy in the visible and near-infrared of semiconductor nanostructures and devices.

Research Interests

I am interested in the study of magneto-optical properties of semiconductor based nanostructures such as magnetic quantum dots. More recently my group has been studying two dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides.  

Awards and Honors

  • UB Distinguished Professor, 2012
  • Moti Lal Rusti Professorship, 2008
  • Naval Research Laboratory Alan Berman Research Publication Award, 2002
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2001
  • Naval Research Laboratory Alan Berman Research Publication Award, 2000
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1997
  • Naval Research Laboratory Alan Berman Research Publication Award, 1991
  • Member of Sigma-Xi, 1982
  • David Ross Fellowship, 1980
  • Greek Government Scholarship, 1972

Selected Publications

  • T. Scrace, Y. Tsai, B. Barman, L. Schweidenback, A. Petrou, G. Kioseoglou, I. Ozfidan, M. Korkusinski, and P.
    Hawrylak, “Magnetoluminescence and valley polarized state of a two-dimensinal electron gas in WS2 monolayers”,
    Nature Nanotechnology, 10, 603, doi: 10.1038/nnano.2015.78 (2015).
  • B. Barman, R. Oszwaldowski, L. Schweidenback, A. H. Russ, J. M. Pientka, Y. Tsai, W.-C. Chou, W. C. Fan, J. R.Murphy, A. N. Cartwright, I. Sellers, A. Petukhov, I. Zutic, B. D. McCombe, and A. Petrou, “Time-resolvedmagnetophotoluminescence studies of magnetic polaron dynamics in type-II quantum dots”, Phys. Rev. B, 92,035430, doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.92.035430 (2015).
  • S. Delikanli, M. Z. Akgul, J. R. Murphy, B. Barman,Y. Tsai, T. Scrace, P. Zhang,  B. Bozok, P. L.  Hernandez-Martınez, J. Christodoulides, A.N. Cartwright, A.  Petrou, and H. V.  Demir, “Mn2+-Doped CdSe/CdS Core/Multishell Colloidal Quantum Wells Enabling Carrier Dopant Exchange Interactions”, ACS Nano, 9, 12473, doi:10.1021/acsnano.5b05903 (2015).
  • G. Kioseoglou, M. Korkusinski, T Scrace, A.T. Hanbicki, M. Currie, B.T. Jonker, A. Petrou, and P. Hawrylak, “Spin
    effects in MoS2 and WS2 single layers”, Physica Status Solidi RRL, 10, 111, doi: 10.1002/pssr.201510291 (2016).
  • J. R. Murphy, S. Delikanli, T. Scrace, P. Zhang, T. Norden, T. Thomay, A.N. Cartwright, H. V.  Demir, and A.
    Petrou, “Time-resolved photoluminescence study of CdSe/CdMnS/CdS core/multi-shell nanoplatelets”, Appl. Phys. Lett., 108, 242406, doi: 10.1063/1.4953840 (2016).
  • G. Kioseoglou, M. Yasar, C. H. Li, M. Korkusinski, M. Diaz-Avila, A. T. Hanbicki, P. Hawrylak, A. Petrou, and B.T.
    Jonker, “Intershell Exchange and Sequential Electrically Injected Spin Populations of InAs Quantum-Dot Shell States”,
    Phys. Rev. Lett., 101, 227203, doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.101.227203 (2008).
  • A. H. Russ, L. Schweidenback, M. Yasar, C. H. Li, A. T. Hanbicki, M. Korkusinski, G. Kioseoglou, B. T. Jonker, andA. Petrou, “Spin-polarized multiexcitons in quantum dots in the presence of spin-orbit interaction”, Phys. Rev. B, 84,045312, doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.84.045312 (2011).    
  • L. Schweidenback, T. Ali, A. H. Russ, J. R. Murphy, A. N. Cartwright, A. Petrou, C. H. Li, M. K. Yakes, G.Kioseoglou, B. T. Jonker, and A. Govorov, “Optical Aharonov-Bohm oscillations in InGaAs quantum wells”, Phys. Rev.B, 85, 245310, doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.85.245310 (2012).
  • G. Long, B. Barman, S. Delikanli, Y. Tsai, P. Zhang, A. Petrou, and H. Zeng, “Carrier-dopant exchange interactionsin Mn-doped PbS colloidal quantum dots”, Appl. Phys. Lett., 101, 062410, doi: 10.1063/1.4743010 (2012).
  • C.H. Li, G. Kioseoglou, A. Petrou, M. Korkusinski, P. Hawrylak, and B. T. Jonker, “Highly polarized emission fromelectrical spin injection into an InGaAs quantum well with free carriers”, Appl. Phys. Lett., 103, 212403, doi:10.1063/1.4832460 (2013).