About ESL

outside of ESL building

The ElectroScience Laboratory (ESL) is a major center-of-excellence in the Ohio State College of Engineering and one of the largest radio frequency and optics research laboratories in the world. Since 1942, ESL has consistently maintained a national and international preeminence in electromagnetics and RF systems. ESL faculty, research scientists and students are involved in all aspects of electromagnetic and RF technologies, including:

  • Satellite and ultra-wide-bandwidth communications
  • Optics
  • Remote sensing
  • Biological electromagnetics
  • Ground penetrating radar systems
  • Integrated photonics 
  • Antenna development and characterization
  • Terahertz imaging and millimeter wave communication
  • Computational methods and measurements
  • Trusted microelectronics 

A variety of emerging areas are also being pursued, such as those related to:

  • Light-matter interaction
  • Micro-devices and reconfigurable systems
  • Multi-physics engineering
  • Nanotechnology and microsystems
  • Navigation and guidance
  • Quantum information sciences
  • Wearables and implants

Established in 1942, ESL is a distinctive university center where world-class faculty and research scientists lead projects that provide state-of-the-art exploration and superior training for graduate and undergraduate students. ESL is a multidisciplinary research facility that collaborates with other laboratories across our campus, such as Nanotech West and Solid State Electronics and Photonics, working with microfabrication, solid state, and other materials.

In addition to our indoor anechoic chamber RF measurement facility, we have a complete complement of electromagnetic test facilities utilized by our team of researchers. We offer government and industry sponsors an environment for both fundamental and engineering system research to solve the most demanding real-world challenges.

ESL maintains world-class experimental facilities that have been refined over the years through its industry supported Compact Range Consortium, now expanded into the Consortium on Electromagnetics and RF (CERF). Among our current faculty and senior researchers are seven IEEE Fellows and we have had two past National Academy of Engineering members.

More than 106 graduate and undergraduate students conduct world-class research at ESL, and through the years, more than 1,000 PhD and master's students graduated from ESL and gone on to very successful careers in government, industry and academia.

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ESL Contacts

Chris Ball
Interim Director

Michelle Diefenbach
Assistant to the Director
Tel: (614) 292-6191