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Using Novel Materials to Manipulate Light

Using Novel Materials to Manipulate Light
Reported by
Liang Dong

Posted June 25, 2020

Presented By

The New York Academy of Sciences

Since prehistoric use of mirrors and lenses to divert light and magnify images, human beings have made effective use of light using materials. In this eBriefing, experts focus on cutting edge nano-structured materials that manipulate light in novel ways, with huge potential application in telecommunication and electronic industries.

In This eBriefing, You’ll Learn

  • What are photonic materials such as metasurfaces and plasmonic materials? How are they made?
  • How can  artificial intelligence and machine learning improve the performance of photonic materials?
  • What is symmetry and what types of symmetry could the materials possess?
  • What are the benefits of breaking symmetries in nano-photonic materials?


Alexandra Boltasseva, PhD
Alexandra Boltasseva, PhD

Purdue University

Andrea Alù, PhD
Andrea Alù, PhD

City University of New York (CUNY)

Manipulating Light with Novel Materials


Manipulating Light with Novel Materials

Alexandra Boltasseva/Andrea Alù (Purdue University/City University of New York)

Alexandra Boltasseva, PhD
Purdue University

Alexandra Boltasseva specializes in nanophotonics, optical materials and nanotechnology. The central theme of her research is to find new ways to realize plasmonic and nanophotonic devices - from material building blocks to advanced designs and demonstrations. She is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (by courtesy) at Purdue University. Alexandra received her BS and MS degrees from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and her PhD from Technical University of Denmark. She is Fellow of the Optical Society of America, Fellow of SPIE, and Editor-in-chief of the journal Optical Materials Express.


Andrea Alù, PhD
City University of New York (CUNY)

Andrea Alù is the founding director of the Photonics Initiative at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, Einstein Professor of Physics at the CUNY Graduate Center, and Professor of Electrical Engineering at The City College of New York. His work has focused on nanostructured materials and metamaterials to mold electromagnetic waves, light, and sound in highly unusual ways, going beyond the limits of natural materials. Andrea received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees from Roma Tre University, Italy. Before joining CUNY, he was the Temple Foundation Endowed Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin until 2018.

Further Readings


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Science. 2010 May 10;364(6440):532-533

Kinsey N, DeVault C, Boltasseva A, Shalaev VM

Nature Review Materials. 2019 Sept 26;4:742-760

Boltasseva A, Shalaev VM

ACS Photonics. 2019 Jan 16;6:1-3

Boltasseva A, Atwater HA

Science. 2011 Jan 21;331(6015): 290-291


Fleury R, Sounas DL, Sieck CF, et al

Science. 2014 Jan 31;343(6170):516-519

Sounas D,  Alù A

Nature Photonics. 2017 Nov 30;11:774-783

Miri MA, Alù A

Science. 2019 Jan 4; 363(6422):42

Sounas DL, Soric J, Alù A

Nature Electronics. 2018 Feb 8:113-119