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Photonics Seminar: Vladimir Shalaev and Alexandra Boltasseva, Purdue University

Please join us October 17th, for a one-hour talk from Professors Vladimir Shalaev and Alexandra Boltasseva, Purdue University, titled:

 Quantum Meta-Photonics

Abstract – We discuss important challenges in the emerging quantum technology and possible means to address them with ultrafast plasmonic metamaterials and scalable photonic material platforms.

Bio – Vladimir M. Shalaev received a master of science degree in physics with honors in 1979 and a PhD in physics and mathematics in 1983, both from Krasnoyarsk State University in Russia. In 1983, he joined the faculty of his alma mater in the department of physics and research staff of the L.V. Kirensky Institute of Physics. In 1990, he was awarded the Humboldt Foundation Fellowship and was able to continue his work with optics of fractal media in Germany and France. After that, he became a Research Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in Canada in the chemistry department. In 1993, Shalaev joined the faculty of New Mexico State University in the physics department. He remained here until 2001 when he became Bob and Anne Burnett Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. Since coming to Purdue, Shalaev has worked primarily with optical metamaterials. He and his team have made important and pioneering contributions to the field of optics and been the first to recognize a number of phenomena. Shalaev has received the Rolf Landauer International ETOPIM Association Medal, the Will Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, the UNESCO Medal for the Development of Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies, the Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics, and more. He is a Fellow of the Society, the American Physical Society, SPIE, the Materials Research Society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He received the 2010 Max Born Award and the 2014 Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award for Optical Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications.


Machine-Learning-Assisted Photonics

Abstract – Discovering unconventional optical designs via machine-learning promises to advance on-chip circuitry, imaging, sensing, energy, and quantum information technology. In this talk, photonic design approaches and emerging material platforms will be discussed showcasting machine-learning-assisted topology optimization for integrated photonics components, metasurfaces for energy and lightsail applications. The emerging area of machine-learning-assisted quantum photonic characterization and imaging will also be discussed.

Bio – Alexandra Boltasseva is a Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. She received her PhD in electrical engineering at Technical University of Denmark, DTU in 2004. Boltasseva specializes in nanophotonics, nanofabrication, optical materials, plasmonics and metamaterials. She is 2018 Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists Finalist and received the 2013 IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award, 2013 Materials Research Society (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award, the MIT Technology Review Top Young Innovator (TR35), the Young Researcher Award in Advanced Optical Technologies from the University of ErlangenNuremberg, Germany, and the Young EliteResearcher Award from the Danish Council for Independent Research. She is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and Fellow of SPIE. She served on MRS Board of Directors and is Editor-in-Chief for OSA’s Optical Materials Express.


This one-hour seminar will be presented in the ASRC Auditorium and broadcast via Zoom, with time for Q and A to follow.

Meeting ID: 881 0535 3695
Passcode: 042097

For more information about this hybrid event, please contact:

Leah Abraha


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October 17, 2022
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
ASRC Auditorium
85 St. Nicholas Terrace
New York, NY 10031 United States
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