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ECE Department
Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005, USA
Email: aydin.babakhani AT rice.edu
Tel: (713) 348-3821
Fax: (713) 348-5685

Welcome

Welcome to the Rice Integrated Systems and Circuits Laboratory (RISC). We focus on analysis, design, and testing of integrated circuits and antennas with applications in high-speed wireless communication, radar, medical imaging, and bio-sensing.  We focus on designing large-scale radiating integrated circuits in frequency regimes of 100 MHz to 1 THz. We are located at the heart of the Texas Medical Center with annual research expenditures of $1.8 billion.


Research

Current Research
Optoelectronic Systems and Devices in Conventional CMOS
Silicon-based Sensors for Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Spectroscopy and Imaging
Large-Scale Radiating Integrated (LSRI) Circuits and On-chip Antennas
Silicon-based mm-Wave and Sub-mm-Wave Transceivers
Self-Healing Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits
CMOS-based Medical Imaging Devices and Sensors
Past Research
Near-Field Direct Antenna Modulation (NFDAM)
A 77 GHz Phased Array Transceiver with On-Chip Antennas
On-Chip Magnetic Resonant Imaging (MRI) Transmitter and Receiver
A 60GHz Scalable Two-Dimensional Phased Array Transmitter With On-Chip Antennas

A Scalable 6-18 GHz Concurrent Dual-Band Quad-Beam Phased Array Receiver


News

February 2014- Prof. Babakhani wins Northrop Grumman's Innovation Award.

February 2014- Congratulations Mahdi! Mahdi Assefzadeh's paper titled "A 9-psec Differential Lens-Less Digital-to-Impulse Radiator with 150-fs-Resolution Delay Line in Silicon" has been accepted for publication in IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC) 2014.

February 2014- Congratulations Xuebei! Xuebei Yang's paper titled "A 2.5Gb/s 0.38mm2 Optical Receiver with Integrated Photodiodes in 0.18µm CMOS SOI" has been accepted for publication in IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2014.

February 2014- Congratulations Himanshu! Himanshu Aggrawal's paper titled "A 40GS/s Track-and-Hold Sampler with 62dB SFDR3 in 45nm CMOS SOI" has been accepted for publication in IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2014.

February 2014- Congratulations Mahdi! Mahdi Assefzadeh's paper titled "An 8-psec 13dBm Peak EIRP Digital-to-Impulse Radiator with an On-chip Slot Bow-Tie Antenna in Silicon" has been accepted for publication in IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2014.

February 2014- Congratulations Xuebei! Xuebei Yang's paper titled "A Fully-Integrated Free-space Optically-Locked VCO with Picosecond Timing Jitter in 0.18µm CMOS" has been accepted for publication in IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2014.

June 2013- Congratulations Xuebei! Xuebei Yang's paper titled " Impact of Layout on the Performance of Photodiodes in 0.18µm CMOS SOI, " has been accepted for publication in IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC) 2013.

February 2013- Congratulations Xuebei and Payam! Xuebei's and Payam's paper titled " A Single-Chip Dual-Mode CW/Pulse Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectrometer in 0.13µm SiGe BiCMOS, " has been accepted for publication in IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2013. They will present the world's first single-chip dual-mode electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometer in silicon.

February 2013- Congratulations Charles and Payam! Charles's and Payam's paper titled " A Silicon-Based, Fully Integrated Pulse Electron Paramagnetic Resonance System for mm-Wave Spectroscopy, " has been accepted for publication in IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2013.

January 2013- Congratulations Xuebei! Xuebei Yang's paper titled " Optical Waveguides and Photodiodes in 0.18µm CMOS SOI with No Post-processing, " has been accepted for publication in Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) Conference 2013.

May 2012- Prof. Babakhani wins DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA).

 

Open Positions:

1) Postdoctoral Scholars: Please email Professor Babakhani.
2) Graduate Students: If you are a prospective graduate student, please follow the application process, and indicate your interest in integrated circuits design.