Nanostructures and Computation Group MembersThe Nanostructures and Computation Group is headed by Prof. Steven G. Johnson in the Department of Mathematics at MIT, who joined the MIT faculty in 2004.
Current Group MembersThe current graduate and undergraduate students working in the group are (in decreasing order of seniority):
←M. T. Homer
Reid (homereid ατ mit.edu) is a
postdoctoral Instructor in applied mathematics at MIT.
Homer's research is on advanced numerical methods in physics, such as
developing boundary-element methods
and integral-equation formulations of electromagnetism for Casimir forces, thermal radiation, and other applications. Office:
→Adi Pick (pick.adi ατ gmail.com) is a graduate student in the Harvard physics
department, who received a B.S. in mathematics and an M.S. in physics from Tel-Aviv University, working on a project involving quantum fluctuations in lasers. Office: 8-313, x3-4780.
←Fan Wang (wangfan ατ mit.edu) is a graduate student in mechanical
engineering at MIT, who received a Bsc in physics from Nanjing University and an MPhil from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, working on numerical modeling of nanofluidic flows
in nanostructured geometries.
→Raphael Pestourie (pestourie ατ seas døt
harvard.edu) is a graduate student in applied mathematics
at Harvard's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied
Sciences. Raphael's research is about optimization methods applied to
design in nanophotonics. Co-advised by Professor Federico
Capasso at Harvard. Office: 8-309.
←Yoon Kyung "Eunnie" Lee (eunnie12 ατ mit.edu) is a graduate student in mechanical engineering at MIT, who received a B.S. from KAIST and an S.M. from MIT in mechanical engineering. She is working on the design and optimization of light-induced mechanical effects. Co-advised by Professor Nicholas X. Fang at MIT. Office: 3-473M.
→Wonseok Shin (wsshin ατ mit.edu) is a postdoc and applied-math instructor, who received is PhD in 2013 from Stanford with Shanhui Fan. His work is focused on efficient techniques for solving large-scale 3D Maxwell's equations in the frequency domain. Office: 8-311 (also 2-232c), x3-5482.
←Mohammed Benzaouia (medbenzaouia ατ gmail.com) is a
graduate student in electrical engineering at MIT. He is currently working on adapting results from electromagnetic scattering theory to problems in ocean engineering. Office: 8-309.
Yao (jayyao ατ mit.edu) is a graduate student in
electrical engineering at MIT. He is currently working on problems
involving metamaterials and rotating bodies. Office: 8-311, x3-5482.
Graduated group members
- ←David Liu (xdavidliu ατ gmail.com), PhD Physics (Sep 2015): Nonlinear Design in Nanophotonics.
- →Xiangdong Liang (xdliang ατ
gmail.com), PhD Mathematics (Feb 2013): Modeling of Fluids and Waves with Analytics and Numerics. Currently at Aramco Services Co..
Hashemi (hila ατ math.mit.edu), PhD Mathematics (Jan 2012): Geometric Manipulation of Light: From Nonlinear Optics to Invisibility Cloaks. Currently a data scientist at FICO.
- →Alexander McCauley (mccauley ατ mit
døt edu), PhD Physics (August 2011): Novel applications of Maxwell's equations to quantum and thermal phenomena. Currently at WiTricity.
- ←Ka Yan Karen Lee (kylkaren
ατ mit.edu), PhD Electrical Engineering (May 2011): Understanding new regimes for light-matter interactions. Currently at G2 FinTech.
- →M. T. Homer
Reid (homereid ατ mit.edu)
PhD Physics (Dec 2010), co-advised by Prof. Jacob
White: Fluctuating surface currents: a new algorithm for efficient prediction of Casimir interactions among arbitrary materials in arbitrary geometries". Currently an Instructor in Applied Math at MIT.
- André Kurs (akurs ατ mit
døt edu) PhD Physics (Dec 2010), co-advised by Prof. Marin Soljacic: Novel resonance-assisted electromagnetic transport phenomena. Currently at WiTricity.
W. Rodriguez, PhD Physics
Interactions and Nonlinear Nanophotonics. Currently: Assistant
Professor of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University.
- →Ardavan Oskooi, ScD Materials Science and Engineering 2010: Computation & Design for Nanophotonics. Founder & CEO, Simpetus.
Zhang PhD Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 2010 (co-advised with Prof. Jacob
White): A Boundary Element Method with Surface Conductive Absorbers for 3-D Analysis of Nanophotonics. Currently at UBS Investment Bank.
Former postdoctoral and visiting researchers
- →Owen Miller (owen.miller ατ yale.edu), postdoctoral researcher 2012–2016, is currently an Assistant Professor of Applied Physics at Yale.
- Liang Jie Wong, postdoctoral researcher 2013–2014, currently Research Scientist at the Singapore Institute for Manufacturing and Technology (SIMTech).
Nave, postdoctoral researcher 2009–2010, currently Assistant
Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McGill
- →Zhuanfang Bi (bizhuanfang
ατ gmail.com) was a visiting PhD student in 2010–2011 from Shandong University working
on the design and fabrication of nonlinear-optical devices (resulting in this paper), who received her PhD from Shandong in 2012.
Former undergraduate researchers
Patrick Ledwidth was an undergraduate UROP student working on monotonicity theorems for dispersion relations and spectral inequalities in Maxwell equations in 2016.
Sandeep Silwal was an undergraduate UROP student working on numerical methods for special functions in Fall 2015.
Aryan Khojandi was an undergraduate math major working
on fluid instabilities in extensional multilayered capillary flows.
Amyas Chew was an undergraduate physics major working on optical "billiard-ball" chaos, in collaboration with Prof. Yidong Chong at NTU.
Alejandro Garcia (acgarcia ατ mit.edu)
worked on a UROP project
involving integral-equation solvers and low-loss THz mirrors.
Amy Guyomard (amyguyomard ατ mit.edu)
MIT mathematics, worked
involving fluid instabilities in capillaries with strong thermal gradients.
Rodrigo Muñoz (rodmk ατ mit.edu), MIT
computer science, worked on a UROP project involving
compiler project for cache-oblivious stencil algorithms.
Thanard Kurutach (kurutach
ατ mit.edu), MIT
mathematics and EECS, working on a UROP project involving nonlinear
eigenproblems arising in integral-equation formulations of
electromagnetic scattering problems.
Rolando La Placa (laplaca ατ college.harvard.edu), an undergraduate physics major at Harvard, worked on light extraction for spontaneous emission.
Jorge Perez, MIT physics, worked on the computational modelling of Casimir forces in nanostructured geometries.
David Ramirez (d_ram ατ mit
døt edu), MIT physics,
worked on a UROP project involving intra-cavity nonlinear frequency
conversion, co-advised by Prof. Marin Soljacic, resulting in this paper. Currently a graduate student in physics at Stanford.
→Jaime Varela, MIT physics, worked on a UROP project involving multi-body Casimir interactions in fluids, resulting in this paper. Currently a graduate student in physics at Berkeley.
←Amy Zhang, MIT EECS, worked on a UROP project involving perfectly matched layer (PML) absorbing
Issac Buenrostro, worked on adaptive mesh-refinement for integral-equation
Casimir-force computations. Currently at Stanford.
Arthur Parzygnat, an undergraduate at Queen's college (class of
2010) who spent the summer of 2009 working on a project involving
rigorous conditions for localization in band gaps, resulting in this paper.
→Thanasin Nampaisarn is an undergraduate physics/math student
at MIT from Thailand who worked on a summer project involving
simultaneous localization of light and sound by simultaneous
three-dimensional phononic and photonic band gaps.
Nathan Lachenmyer is an undergraduate in the physics department
who worked on a summer UROP project involving quantum Casimir torques.
Waldwick (waldwick ατ mit døt
edu) worked on a UROP project involving bending
losses in hollow-core Bragg fibers. He is also on the MIT golf team,
and enjoys playing basketball as well as the saxophone and guitar.
Lang (percyl ατ mit døt
edu) worked on a UROP project involving adiabatic theorems in
discrete (or discretized) systems in Fall 2007.
Xuancheng Shao (zero ατ mit.edu) worked on UROP projects in 2006 and 2007 involving minimal-arithmetic algorithms for discrete cosine and sine transforms (published here and here).
Go back to the group web page, or see our publications and preprints.