Background and activities

Ulf Lennart Österberg (1958) is a Professor at the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications. He belongs to the Electrooptics Research Group. He has a PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm and an MSc from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg. He holds citizenships in both Sweden and U.S of America.

Fields of major current interest

Ultrafast Pulse Propagation

THz spectroscopy

Coherent Interactions

Frequency Resolved Optical Gating

Nonlinear Effects in Optical Fibers

Partial Coherence

Work Experience

  • 2014-2017 Program Director, NTNU, Electronics Education
  • 2014-2017 Affiliated Professor, Royal University of Technology, Sweden
  • 2009- to date Professor, NTNU
  • 2005-to date Senior Engineer, Lightkey, LLC
  • 2009-2011 Adjunct Professor, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College
  • 1995-2009 Associate Professor, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College
  • 1990-1995 Assistant Professor, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College
  • 1989-1990 Research Fellow, F.J. Seiler Research Laboratory, U.S Air Force Academy
  • 1987-1989 Research Associate, University of Arizona, Optical Sciences Center
  • 1983-1987 Research Engineer, Institute of Optical Research, Stockholm
  • 1982-1983 Lab. Assistant, Chalmers University of Technology, Gøteborg

Visiting positions

  • Aug-Sep 2005-2009 Chalmers University of Technology, Nonlinear Optics
  • July-Dec 2004 University of Queensland, Physics Department
  • July 1988 F.J Seiler Research Lab, U.S Air Force Academy
  • Dec 1986 Optical Sciences Center, University of Arizona
  • March-May 1985, Sept-Nov 1984 Imperial College, Laser Physics Group

Professional society affiliations

  • Optical Society of America
  • American Physical Society
  • IEEE


  • Elected member of Norway's Technical and Scientific Academy (NTVA), 2009
  • National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator 1990-1995
  • National Research Council Fellow 1989-1990

Professional duties

  • Topical Editor (THz and Spectroscopy), Optics Letters, 2011-2015


  • Rotary FROG
    Patent, Feb. 19, 2013
    Darthmouth College (Armin Ellis, Ulf Østerberg)
  • System and Method for Shaping a Waveform
    Patent, July 13, 2010
    Ulf Østerberg and Colby Dill III
  • Electromagnetic Matched Filter Based Multiple Access Communications System
    Patent, April 16, 2004
    Seung H. Choi, Dennis Healy, Timothy Olson and Ulf Østerberg
  • Method for quantitative hemoglobin imaging in tissue with diffuse near-infrared computed tomography
    Provisional patent 1999-2000
    Troy McBride, Keith Paulsen, Brian Pogue and Ulf Østerberg

Grant Support (federal + industrial)

NFR 2013-2017                                 NASA 1998-2002              AFOSR 1994-1995

NIST 2007-2009                                NIH 1996-2000                  NSF 1990-1995

AFOSR 2005-2008                            NSF 1998-1999                  IBM 1990-1994

Wennergren 2006-2007                  NSF 1996-1999                  Kodak 1990-1992

NIST 2004-2007                                BMDO 1995-1997


Professor Østerberg has supervised 20 MsC graduate students, and 11 PhD graduate students.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Part of book/report