Tom Vandervelde

John A. and Dorothy M. Adams Faculty Development Professor

Halligan 240

(617) 627-5126


  • B.S., Astronomy, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • B.S., Physics, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • M.A., Physics, University of Virginia
  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Virginia

Honors and Awards

  • Intelligence Community Young Investigator Award 2012
  • Alexander Von Humboldt Award 2011
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award 2011
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program Award 2011
  • Inaugural recipient of The John A. and Dorothy M. Adams Endowed Chaired Professorship at Tufts University – 2008 to Present


  • The interaction of light with matter.
  • Physics of nanostructures (semiconductor photonics and electronics) and interfaces
  • Special interest in the area of energy materials

Classes Taught

  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • The Physics of Solar Cells
  • Optoelectronic Characterization
  • Advanced Topics in Optoelectronics

Selected Publications

  • Demeo, D. F., & Vandervelde, T. E. (2011). Cryogenic thermal simulator for testing low temperature thermophotovoltaic cells. Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B: Microelectronics and Nanometer Structures, 29(3)
  • Rehm, R., Masur, M., Schmitz, J., Daumer, V., Niemasz, J., Vandervelde, T., Walther, M. (2013). InAs/GaSb superlattice infrared detectors. Infrared Physics and Technology, 59, 6-11.
  • Shemeya, C., & Vandervelde, T. E. (2012). Comparison of photonic-crystal-enhanced thermophotovoltaic devices with and without a resonant cavity. Journal of Electronic Materials, 41(5), 928-934.
  • Vandervelde, T. E., Kumar, P., Kobayashi, T., Gray, J. L., Pernell, T., Floro, J. A., . . . Bean, J. C. (2003). Growth of quantum fortress structures in Si1 - xGex/Si via combinatorial deposition. Applied Physics Letters, 83(25), 5205-5207.
  • Vandervelde, T. E., Lenz, M. C., Varley, E., Barve, A., Shao, J., Shenoi, R. V., . . . Krishna, S. (2008). Quantum dots-in-a-well focal plane arrays. IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 14(4), 1150-1161.