Two Grand Challenges for Nanophotonics: Tunable Coherent Optical Arrays and the Starshot Lightsail

Harry Atwater

California Institute of Technology

Harry Atwater is the Howard Hughes Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology. Atwater’s scientific interests have two themes: light-matter interactions in nanophotonic materials and structures as well as solar energy conversion.  Atwater is an early pioneer in nanophotonics and plasmonics; he gave the name to the field of plasmonics in 2001.  He is the founding Editor in Chief for the journal ACS Photonics, and is a fellow of the American Physical Society, Materials Research Society and the US National Academy of Engineering.


Research in nanophotonics is yielding advances that are opening paths for conceptually new “grand challenge” photonic technologies that have not previously been achievable. One such example is tunable coherent optical... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Harry Atwater (California Institute of Technology)

Topic Areas

Photonic & plasmonic nanomaterials , Optical properties of nanostructures , Metamaterials


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