Photonics Seminar: Alejandro Rodriguez


  • Pushing the limits of nanophotonic control via inverse design.
  • Alejandro Rodriguez, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University.
  • In this talk, I describe recent developments and applications of large-scale optimization (also known as inverse design) in nanophotonics. Interest in this area is driven in part by a growing need to realize multi-frequency, wide-bandwidth, nonlinear, and densely integrated devices of increasing complexity and functionalities. Time permitting, I will survey three particular application domains, including the design of wavelength-scale, multi-resonant cavities exhibiting ultra-large nonlinear frequency conversion, wide-area slabs supporting high-order exceptional and dual-polarization Dirac points, and metasurfaces exhibiting the largest near-field radiative heat transfer rates predicted thus far. While these structures tend to be highly un-intuitive and aperiodic, they nevertheless offer a route to explore and demonstrate fundamental limits of optical control in situations where intuitive principles like index confinement and band-gap engineering are of limited use or too restrictive.
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  • Start Date: 9/24/2018
  • Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • College: Advanced Science Research Center, GC/CUNY
  • Address: 85 St. Nicholas Terrace, Manhattan
  • Building: ASRC
  • Room: 5th Floor Data Visualization Room
  • Phone: 212-413-3261
  • Admission: Free