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Tony Levi

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Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics and Astronomy


  • 1983, Doctoral Degree, Physics, University of Cambridge
  • 1980, Bachelor's Degree, Physics, University of Sussex


Tony Levi joined the USC faculty in mid-1993 after working for 10 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. He invented hot electron spectroscopy, discovered ballistic electron transport in heterostructure bipolar transistors, demonstrated room temperature operation of unipolar transistors with ballistic electron transport, created the first microdisk laser, developed RF photonics components, and carried out work in parallel fiber optic interconnects in computer and switching systems. To date he has published numerous scientific papers, several book chapters, is author of the books ‘Applied Quantum Mechanics‘, ‘Essential Classical Mechanics for Device Physics‘, ‘Essential Semiconductor Laser Device Physics‘, ‘Essential Electron Transport for Device Physics‘, coeditor of the book ‘Optimal Device Design‘, and holds 17 U.S. patents.

Research Summary

Dr. Levi's current research interests include classical and quantum design of small systems, device and analog circuit design optimization, non-intuitive design and discovery. He also has interest in device physics at the classical-quantum boundary, system engineering and integration, high-performance electronics and optimization in system design.

Tony Levi Research Summary

  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering - Electrophysics
  • Physics and Astronomy

  • KAP 132
  • Kaprielian Hall
  • 3620 South Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 2533

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-7318
  • alevi@usc.edu


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