Research Interests

The Tamargo group investigate the growth and properties of semiconductor multilayers and nanostructures whose properties are of interest for fundamental physics and device applications. Their multi-chamber MBE growth system enables the design and growth of a wide range of hybrid structures that combine materials that are difficult to grow in a single chamber, resulting in materials with new and enhanced properties. The group collaborates with a multitude of laboratories within CUNY and beyond to explore the physics and potential applications of these materials.



  • J. De Jesus, T. A. Garcia, V. Kartazaev, B. E. Jones, P. J. Schlosser, S. K. Gayen, J. E. Hastie and M. C. Tamargo, Growth and characterization of ZnCdMgSe-based green light emitters and distributed Bragg reflectors towards II–VI based semiconductor disk lasers, Phys. Status Solidi A, 2014, , 1-8
  • A. P. Ravikumar, T. A. Garcia, J. De Jesus, M. C. Tamargo and C. F. Gmachl, High detectivity short-wavelength II-VI quantum cascade detector, Applied Physics Letters, 2014, 105, 061113
  • G. Chen, K. Zhao, M. C. Tamargo and A. Shen, , Near Infrared Intersubband Absorption of CdSe/MgSe Quantum Wells Grown on InP Substrate with an InAlAs Buffer Layer, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B, 2014, 32(2), 2166-2746
  • T. A. Garcia, S. Hong, M. Tamargo, J. De Jesus, V. Deligiannakis, A. Ravikumar, C. Gmachl and A. Shen, Improved Electrical Properties and Crystalline Quality of II-VI Heterostructures for Quantum Cascade Lasers, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B, 2013, 31, C133
  • S. Dhomkar, U. Manna, I. C. Noyan, M. C. Tamargo and I. L. Kuskovsky, Vertical Correlation and Miniband Formation in Submonolayer Zn(Cd)Te/ZnCdSe Type-II Quantum Dots for Intermediate Band Solar Cell Application, Applied Physics Letters, 2013, 103, 181905


Job History

  • 1993 - Current : Professor of Chemistry, CCNY
  • 2011 - 2014 : Executive Officer, CUNY Graduate Center
  • 2001 - 2007 : Dean of Science, CCNY
  • 2001 - 2001 : Fellow, American Physical Society
  • 1984 - 1993 : Technical Staff, Bellcore
  • 1978 - 1984 : Technical Staff, AT&T Bell Labs
  • 1973 - 1978 : Ph.D., John Hopkins University