Gate-tunable Zero-index Materials and Meta-photonics for Extreme Light-matter Interaction


Presented by the San Diego IEEE Photonics Society

Speaker:  Dr Howard Lee, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Baylor University

IQSE Fellow and Visiting Professor in the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering (IQSE), Texas A&M

Controlling the flow of light is fundamental to optical applications. With the recent advances in nanofabrication capabilities and new theoretical concepts, ground breaking platforms for the nanoscale manipulation of light have been demonstrated in recent years. These include metasurface and epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) materials and structures, which offer unique optical features such as sub-wavelength field confinement, unusual optical nonlinear/quantum properties and advanced wavefront shaping for emerging optical imaging, bio/optical sensing, and communication applications.

This talk will review research efforts on tunable meta/ENZ-optics for developing emerging optical applications. Dr Howard Lee will present recent developments on the use of transparent conducting oxide materials to demonstrate a gate-tunable optical metasurfaces that can tune the optical phase and amplitude for ultrathin beam steering devices [1]. In addition, a broadband, field-effect tunable, and ultrathin ENZ perfect absorber enabled by the excitation of ENZ modes will be discussed [2,3]. Dr Lee will also discuss the active control of emission properties of quantum emitters and enhanced ultrafast optical nonlinearity in hybrid ENZ-plasmonic heterostructures. Finally, he will present a study on “Meta”-optical fiber by integrating metasurfaces and zero-index materials with optical fibers to develop novel and ultracompact in-fiber optical devices such as an optical fiber metalens and a color filter [4,5]. These advanced “meta”/ENZ-optical fibers open the path to revolutionary in-fiber lasers, optical imaging, and optical/quantum communication devices [6].


1. Y. W. Huang, H. W. Lee, R. Sokhoyan, R. Pala, K. Thyagarajan, S. Han, D. P. Tsai, and H. A. Atwater, “Gate-tunable conducting oxide metasurfaces,” Nano Lett. 16, 5319-5325 (2016).
2. A. Anopchenko, L. Tao, C. Arndt, H. W. Lee, “Field-effect tunable and broadband Epsilon-near-zero perfect absorbers with deep subwavelength thickness,” ACS Photonics 5, 2631 (2018).
3. A. Anopchenko, S. Gurung, L. Tao, C. Arndt, H. W. Lee, “Atomic Layer Deposition of Ultra-thin and smooth Al-doped ZnO for Zero-Index Photonics”, Materials Research Express, 5, 014012 (2018).
4. K. Minn, A. Anopchenko, J. Yang, H. W. Lee, “Excitation of epsilon-near-zero resonance in ultra-thin indium tin oxide shell embedded nanostructured optical fiber,” Nature Scientific Reports 8, 2342 (2018).
5. J. Yang, I Ghirmire, P. C. Wu, S. Gurung, C. Arndt, D. P. Tsai, H. W. Lee, “Photonic crystal fiber metalens”, Nanophotonics 8, 443-449 (2019).
6. G. K. L. Wong, M. S. Kang, H. W. Lee, F. Biancalana, C. Conti, T. Weiss and P. St.J. Russell, “Orbital angular momentum resonances in helically twisted photonic crystal fiber,” Science 337, 446-449 (2012)

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  • San Diego, California
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  • Starts 27 September 2019 06:57 PM
  • Ends 07 October 2019 12:00 PM
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Howard Lee, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Baylor University

Howard Lee, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Baylor University


Dr. Howard Lee is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at Baylor University and IQSE Fellow and visiting professor in the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering (IQSE) at Texas A&M. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science at Caltech, working with Prof. Harry Atwater in active plasmonics/metasurfaces. He received his PhD in Physics from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Germany in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Philip Russell (2015 President of OSA). His work on nano-optics and plasmonics has led to 35 publications in various journals, such as Science, Nano Letters, Advanced Materials, and Optics Letters as well as 50 invited talks and 130 conference papers. Dr. Lee is a recipient of a 2019 DARPA Director’s Fellowship, a 2019 OGC Young Scientist Award, a 2018 NSF CAREER Award, a 2017 DARPA Young Faculty Award, a 2018 OSA Ambassador, a 2017 APS Robert S. Hyer Award, a 2018 Baylor Young Investigator Award, a 2016 Baylor Proposal Development Award, and a 2012 Croucher Postdoctoral Fellowship. He has organized seven technical conference sessions on advanced optical metasrufaces (META, PQE, and OSA Advanced Photonics 2016-2019) and he will serve as Symposium Chair for Material Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting 2019 and Spring Meeting 2020. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for OSA Continuum and Nature Scientific Report journals. His group has successfully awarded external grants with total amount of > $3.5M in the first three and half years at Baylor University.


Monday, 7 October 2019

6 - 6:30 pm food and networking

6:30 - 8:00 pm presentation and Q/A