Studies of light-matter interactions in quantum confined systems have provided great insight into diverse and fundamental problems such as many-body interactions and quantum entanglement. We use and develop a variety of optical spectroscopy tools. 

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Lectures by Elaine

July 24, 2019
Dr. Li is giving several invited lectures and presentations this summer. These include a lecture at the international nanophotonics summer school at AMOLF and a presentation at the conference of Fundamental Optical Processes in Semiconductors (FOPS 2019). The slides can be found at  She also gave a talk to a group of high school students enrolled in the "Alice in Wonderland" program at UT. The program is designed to encourage high school students to pursue a degree in STEM fields ( 

Welcome to Sophia Chin and Michael Delarosa

June 10, 2019
We welcomed a Research Experience for Teacher participant Sophia Chin and a Research Experience for Undergraduates participant Michael Delarosa to our lab this summer. These activities are supported and coordinated by the Texas MRSEC funded by NSF. Check out for more information about this exciting research center. 

Congratulations to Kha Tran

May 24, 2019
Congratulations to Dr. Kha Tran for receiving his PhD degree. After a successful graduate career, Dr. Tran is moving to Naval Research Laboratory supported by a prestigious NRC postdoc fellowship.

Congrats to Kai Hao

May 16, 2018
Congratulations Kai Hao, for receiving the outstanding graduate thesis award this year.


Xiaoqin (Elaine) Li

Professor of Physics

University of Texas-Austin

Office: RLM 13.318


Tel: 512-471-2063

Fax: 512-471-9637