Nanophotonics Thrust Leader, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies
Science Thrust: Nanophotonics
MS 1082, POB 5800
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM 87185
Education and Training
Undergraduate: Technion Physics, B.A., 1983
Undergraduate: Technion Electrical engineering, B.Sc., 1983
Graduate: Technion Physics, D.Sc., 1991
Igal’s research at CINT deals with fundamental and applied aspects of metamaterials, plasmonics and other nanophotonics phenomena. Recent examples include novel metamaterial designs in the infrared (active and passive), the integration of nanoparticles and nanofabricated photonic structures, uses of plasmonics and metamaterials in sensing, and nanowire lasers. Some recent developments in the area of metamaterials include the integration of semiconductor heterostructures with mid-infrared metallic metamaterials for active tuning and the development of low loss all-dielectric metamaterials in the mid infrared. For his research, he uses extensively the nanofabrication facilities and a variety of spectroscopic techniques (linear, non-linear and time-resolved) all available at CINT. He also contributes to the development of new optical instrumentation such as broadband THz and time-resolved PL systems from the visible to the near IR..
Metamaterials and Plasmonics:
- “Efficient infrared thermal emitters based on low-albedo polaritonic meta-surfaces”, B Neuner III, C Wu, G Ten Eyck, M Sinclair, I Brener, G Shvets, Applied Physics Letters 102, 211111 (2013)
- “Realization of tellurium-based all dielectric optical metamaterials using a multi-cycle deposition-etch process”, Sheng Liu, Jon F. Ihlefeld, Jason Dominguez, Edward F. Gonzales, John Eric Bower, D. Bruce Burckel, Michael B. Sinclair, and Igal Brener, Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 161905 (2013)
- “Photonic materials on demand”
N Zheludev, WJ Padilla, I Brener, Journal of Optics 14 (11), 110201 (2012)
- “Electrically tunable infrared metamaterials based on depletion-type semiconductor devices”
YC Jun, I Brener, Journal of Optics 14 (11), 114013 (2012)
- “Realizing Optical Magnetism From Dielectric Metamaterials”, James C Ginn, Igal Brener, David W Peters, Joel R Wendt, Jeffrey O Stevens, Paul F Hines, Lorena I Basilio, Larry K Warne, Jon F Ihlefeld, Paul G Clem, Michael B Sinclair, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 097402 (2012).
- “Theory and modeling of electrically tunable metamaterial devices using inter-subband transitions in semiconductor quantum wells”, A. Gabbay, I. Brener, Optics Express 20, 6584 (2012)
- “Active tuning of mid-infrared metamaterials by electrical control of carrier densities”, Young Chul Jun, Edward Gonzales, John L. Reno, Eric A. Shaner, Alon Gabbay, and Igal Brener, Optics Express 20, 1903 (2012).
- “Interaction between metamaterial resonators and intersubband transitions in semiconductor quantum wells”, Alon Gabbay, John Reno, Joel R. Wendt, Aaron Gin, Michael C. Wanke, Michael B. Sinclair, Eric Shaner, and Igal Brener, Appl. Phys. Lett. 98, 203103 (2011)
- “Strong Coupling between Nanoscale Metamaterials and Phonons”, D.J. Shelton, I. Brener, J. C. Ginn, M. B. Sinclair, D. W. Peters, K. R. Coffey, and G. D. Boreman, Nano Lett. 11, 2104, 2011.
- “Micrometer-Scale Cubic Unit Cell 3D Metamaterial Layers”, D. Bruce Burckel, Joel R. Wendt, Gregory A. Ten Eyck, James C. Ginn, A. Robert Ellis, Igal Brener and Michael B. Sinclair, Advanced Materials 22, 5053, (2010).
- “Fabrication of 3D Metamaterial Resonators Using Self-Aligned Membrane Projection Lithography”, D. Bruce Burckel,Joel R. Wendt, Gregory A. Ten Eyck, A. Robert Ellis, Igal Brener, Michael B. Sinclair, Advanced Materials 22, 3171 (2010).
- “Doping tunable resonance: Toward electrically tunable mid-infrared metamaterials”, Xiaoyu Miao, Brandon Passmore, Aaron Gin, William Langston, Shivashankar Vangala, William Goodhue, Eric Shaner, and Igal Brener, Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 101111 (2010).
Other topics in Nanophotonics
- “Quantum-Dot-Based Solid-State Lighting With Electric-Field-Tunable Chromaticity”, JY Tsao, I Brener, DF Kelley, SK Lyo, Journal of Display Technology 9 (6), 419, (2013)
- Substrate-modified scattering properties of silicon nanostructures for solar energy applications
NT Fofang, TS Luk, M Okandan, GN Nielson, I Brener, Optics Express 21 (4), 4774 (2013)
- “Chemoselective Gas Sensors Based on Plasmonic Nanohole Arrays”, Jeremy B. Wright, Kirsten N. Cicotte, Ganapathi Subramania, Shawn M. Dirk, and Igal Brener, Optical Materials Express 2, 1655 (2012).
- Gold substrate-induced single-mode lasing of GaN nanowires
H Xu, JB Wright, A Hurtado, Q Li, TS Luk, JJ Figiel, K Cross, G Balakrishnan ...
Applied Physics Letters 101 (22), 221114 (2012)
- Single-mode GaN nanowire lasers
Q Li, JB Wright, WW Chow, TS Luk, I Brener, LF Lester, GT Wang
Optics Express 20 (16), 17873 (2012)
- “Single-mode lasing of GaN nanowire-pairs”, Huiwen Xu, Jeremy B Wright, Ting-Shan Luk, Jeffery J Figiel, Karen Cross, Luke F Lester, Ganesh Balakrishnan, George T Wang, Igal Brener, Qiming Li, Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 113106 (2012).
- “Optical Manipulation with Plasmonic Beam Shaping Antenna Structures”, Young Chul Jun, Igal Brener, Advances in OptoElectronics (2012).
- “Single-mode GaN nanowire lasers”, Qiming Li, Jeremy B. Wright, Weng W. Chow, Ting Shan Luk, Igal Brener, Luke F. Lester, and George T. Wang, Optics Express 20, 17873, (2012)
- “Nonresonant Broadband Funneling of Light via Ultrasubwavelength Channels”, G. Subramania, S. Foteinopoulou, and I. Brener, Phys. Rev. Lett 107, 163902 (2011)
- “Nanocomposite plasmonic fluorescence emitters with core/shell configurations”, Xiaoyu Miao, Igal Brener, and Ting Shan Luk, JOSA B 27, 1561 (2010).
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Selected User Projects
- Development of non-metallic Fano-resonant infrared metamaterials with exceptionally high quality factors, G. Shvets, University of Texas, Austin.
- Development of Surface Plasmon Nanocavities for Biosensing, S-Y. Cho, New Mexico Tech. University
- Controllable spatial terahertz modulators, D. Mittleman, Rice University
- New Terahertz metamaterials and their application as chem-bio sensors, X. Peralta, U. of Texas, San Antonio.
- Top-down and Bottom-up Synthesis of Infrared Dielectric Metamaterials, P. Clem, Sandia National Labs.