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):
Rodriguez (alexrod7 ατ mit døt edu) is a
joint postdoctoral researcher with Harvard University (where he works
with F. Capasso and M. Loncar, SEAS). He received his PhD in 2010
from the MIT Physics Department (working with SGJ), where he
previously received his bachelor of science degree in 2006. His
current work involves the intersection of quantum and classical
electromagnetism in nanostructured media, from single-photon nonlinear
effects to Casimir forces. Born in Cuba, Alejandro is an avid cinema
fan and salsa dancer. He has been working with SGJ since his UROP project starting summer
2004. Office: 8-313, x3-4780.
Hashemi (hila ατ math døt mit døt edu)
is postdoctoral researcher in in applied mathematics. She is
originally from Iran. She finished her B.S. degrees in applied
mathematics and physics at University of California, Berkeley in
spring 2006. She joined the group in January 2007 and received her PhD
in 2012. She works on problems involving nonlinear optics in
microcavities as well as the mathematical limitations of invisibility
cloaks. Her hobbies include reading books and news, skiing, taking
long walks, playing the piano, and of course hanging out with
friends. Office: 8-309, x4-0338.
→Xiangdong Liang (xdliang ατ
gmail døt com) is a fourth-year PhD student in the mathematics
department, originally from China and an alumnus of City University of Hong Kong. He
is currently working on simulation of instabilities in fiber-drawing
processes and large-scale optimization techniques for nanophotonics. Office: 8-309, x4-0338.
←M. T. Homer
Reid (homereid ατ mit døt 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:
→David Liu (xdavidliu ατ gmail døt com) is a third-year graduate student in physics at MIT, who received B.S. degrees in physics and economics from Rutgers. He is working on projects involving optimization-based transformation optics and nonlinear solvers for laser modes. Office: 8-309, x4-0338.
Rolando La Placa (laplaca ατ college døt harvard døt edu) is an undergraduate physics major at Harvard, co-advised by Marko Loncar, who is working on designing light extraction from spontaneous emission.
←Owen Miller (odmiller
ατ math døt mit døt edu) is a postdoctoral
researcher in applied mathematics, who received his PhD in 2012 from
Berkeley (with Eli Yablonovitch) and bachelor's degrees from
Univ. Virginia in EE and Physics. His main research interests center
around large-scale optimization in photonics, and his PhD work focused
on photovoltaic applications. Office: 8-311, x3-5482.
→Thanard Kurutach (kurutach
ατ mit døt edu) is a sophomore majoring in
mathematics and EECS, working on a UROP project involving nonlinear
eigenproblems arising in integral-equation formulations of
electromagnetic scattering problems.
Alejandro Garcia (acgarcia ατ mit døt edu)
is a senior in applied mathematics, working on a UROP project
involving integral-equation solvers and low-loss THz mirrors.
Amy Guyomard (amyguyomard ατ mit døt edu)
is a senior in mathematics, working on a UROP project
involving fluid instabilities in capillaries with strong thermal gradients.
Rodrigo Muñoz (rodmk ατ mit døt edu) is a
senior in computer science, working on a UROP project involving
compiler project for cache-oblivious stencil algorithms.
Graduated group members
Former postdoctoral and visiting researchers
Nave, postdoctoral researcher 2009–2010, currently Assistant
Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McGill
- →Zhuanfang Bi (bizhuanfang
ατ gmail døt 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
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 døt edu) worked on UROP projects in 2006 and 2007 involving minimal-arithmetic algorithms for discrete cosine and sine transforms (published here and here).
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