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Optical engineering plays a major role in imaging, communications, energy harvesting, and quantum technologies. Our mission is to advance optical engineering to the next frontier through the utilization of subwavelength-scale light-matter interactions, which will lead to optical systems with new form factors and capabilities. Our group’s research focus in on three fronts. The first is on materials science: optical systems are only as capable as the materials they are built with, and we are innovating new modalities in optical materials growth and nanomaterial assembly. The second is the utilization of novel nanofabrication methods, including unconventional semiconductor processing, soft materials integration, and 3D printing, to manufacture optical devices in new ways. The third is design concepts based on optimization and machine learning.  We have an emphasis on concepts that can generalize to practical applications and are interested in exploring the interface between academia and industry.

We have started a database for the optics community to share design codes and device layouts for nanophotonics inverse design, to promote collaboration, enable proper benchmarking, and expedite progress in the field.  For codes and design files from our group, please visit:

If you are interested in contributing in any way, please contact us.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our sponsors: