2024 Investiture Information

Ulf Österberg

Professor of Engineering

Director, Instructional Labs


Ulf Österberg was born and educated in Sweden. He held postdoctoral fellowships in the United States in the field of nonlinear optics in glasses for the purpose of high bandwidth data transmission in optical fibers. His later research focused on ultrafast and THz spectroscopy in condensed matter. Throughout his career, Österberg has been deeply involved with teaching pedagogy and novel forms of classroom instruction.

Research Interests

Ultrafast and terahertz spectroscopy; novel teaching methods in engineering


  • MSc, engineering physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
  • PhD, physics, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden


  • National Research Council Fellow 1989–1990
  • National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator 1990–1995
  • Elected member of Norway’s Technical and Scientific Academy (NTVA), 2009
  • Elected foreign member of The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS), 2016

Professional Activities

  • OSA member
  • APS member

Selected Publications

  • R. Marskar, and U. Österberg, Single-cycle coherent terahertz-pulse propagation in rigid-rotor molecular media, Physical Review A 92, 023843 (2015).
  • R. Marskar, and U. Österberg, Linear and nonlinear optical precursors in inhomogeneously broadened two-level media, Physical Review A 86, 063826 (2012).
  • S. Egge, U. Österberg, and A. Aksnes, Speckle contrast of the sum of N partially correlated speckle patterns, JOSA A, 29, 1188 (2012).
  • R. Marskar, and U. Österberg, Multilevel Maxwell-Bloch simulations in inhomogeneously broadened media, Optics Express, 19(18), 16784 (2011).
  • S. Egge, M. Akram, V. Kartashov K. Welde, Z. Tong, U. Österberg and A. Aksnes, Sinusoidal rotating grating for speckle reduction in laser projectors: feasibility study, Optical Engineering, 50(8), 083202 (2011).
  • H. Jeong, U. Österberg, and T. Hansson, Evolution of Sommerfeld and Brillouin precursors in intermediate spectral regimes, JOSA B, 26, 2414–2422 (2009).
  • D. Lukofsky, J. Bessette, H. Jeong, E. Garmire and U. Österberg, Can precursors improve energy transmission at optical frequencies?, Journal of Modern Optics, 56, 1083–1090 (2009).
  • A. Ellis and U. Österberg, RotaryFROG: Geometry for measuring amplitude and phase of weak broadband laser pulses, Optics Letters 34, 404 (2009).
  • T. Hansson, D. Andersson, M. Lisak, V. Semenov and U. Österberg, Exact solution of the Wigner-Moyal equation for propagation of partially coherent light beams in nonlinear Kerr media, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 25, 1780–1785 (2008).
  • V. Semenov, M. Lisak, D. Andersson, T. Hansson, L. Helczynski-Wolf and U. Österberg, Mathematical Basis for Analysis of Partially Coherent Wave Propagation in Nonlinear, and Non-Instantaneous, Kerr Media, J. of Math. Phys. A, 41, 335207, 2008.
  • F. Shubitidze and U. Österberg, A phenomenological model to fit complex permittivity data of water from radio to optical frequencies, Physical Review E, 75, 046608-046613 (2007).
  • U. Österberg and W. Margulis, Dye laser pumped by Nd:YAG laser pulses frequency doubled in a glass optical fiber, Opt. Lett. 11, 516 (1986).