Owen Miller | |
odmiller at math dot mit dot edu | |
Post-Doctoral Associate, MIT (Applied Math), with Steven Johnson, 2012 – present | |
PhD, UC Berkeley (EE), with Eli Yablonovitch, 2007 – 2012 | |
I have started as an assistant professor in Yale's Applied Physics dept. Please see my new group website (I am no longer updating this MIT site). I am recruiting graduate students and postdocs for projects spread broadly across computational and theoretical nanoscience. If you are interested, please contact me! | |
Thematic Research: Design and Optimization at the Nanoscale
Current areas of interest
- Fast, automated computational design in wave physics
- Fundamental limits to interactions between light and matter
- Novel structures and new limits for radiative heat transfer applications
- New limits to elastic- and acoustic-wave scattering and absorption
- Design/optimization of super-scattering particles
- Stochastic thermal emission computations, esp. for solar cells
- New optical switching technologies
PhD Dissertation [ arxiv | pdf ]
Photonic Design: From Fundamental Solar Cell Physics to Computational Inverse Design
The second half of the dissertation introduces inverse design as a new computational paradigm in photonics. An assortment of techniques (FDTD, FEM, etc.) have enabled quick and accurate simulation of the "forward problem" of finding fields for a given geometry. However, scientists and engineers are typically more interested in the inverse problem: for a desired functionality, what geometry is needed? Answering this question breaks from the emphasis on the forward problem and forges a new path in computational photonics. The framework of shape calculus enables one to quickly find superior, non-intuitive designs. Novel designs for optical cloaking and sub-wavelength solar cell applications are presented.