IEEE Photonics Society

Boston Photonics Society Chapter

Boston Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society


Feb 22, 2018
6:00 PM

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Forbes Road

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From Cloaking to One-Way Propagation: Applications of Metamaterials at Radio-Frequencies

Prof. Andrea Alù, CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, Photonics Initiative, New York, NY

Co-sponsored by the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society


Prof. Andrea Alù, CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, Photonics Initiative, New York, NY

Abstract:  Metamaterials are artificial materials with properties well beyond what offered by nature, providing unprecedented opportunities to tailor and enhance the interaction between waves with materials. In this talk, I discuss our recent research activity in electromagnetics, nano-optics, acoustics and mechanics, showing how suitably tailored meta-atoms and arrangements of them open exciting venues to manipulate and control waves in unprecedented ways. I will discuss our recent theoretical and experimental results, including metamaterials for scattering suppression, nanostructures and metasurfaces to control wave propagation and radiation, large nonreciprocity without magnetism, giant nonlinearities in properly tailored metamaterials, and parity-time symmetric meta-atoms and metasurfaces. Physical insights into these exotic phenomena, new devices based on these concepts, and their impact on technology will be discussed during the talk.


Biography:  Andrea Alù is the Founding Director and Einstein Professor at the Photonics Initiative, CUNY Advanced Science Research Center. He received his Laurea (2001) and PhD (2007) from the University of Roma Tre, Italy, and, after a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in 2009, where he was the Temple Foundation Endowed Professor until Jan. 2018. Dr. Alù is a Fellow of IEEE, OSA, SPIE and APS, and has received several scientific awards, including the ICO Prize in Optics (2016), the NSF Alan T. Waterman award (2015), the OSA Adolph Lomb Medal (2013), and the URSI Issac Koga Gold Medal (2011). IEEE Antennas and Propagation Distinguished Lecturer 2015-17.

Prof. Alu has several talks on You Tube. Below is a link to one that leads to others including a TED talk.


Location:  MIT Lincoln Laboratory Forbes Road