- Diploma in Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade (Serbia and Montenegro)
- Ph.D. and M.S., Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
- Materials & Devices
- Electromagnetics and Nanoelectronics
- Quantum Devices
Primary Teaching Area
Secondary Teaching Area
Marko Lončar's research focuses on phenomena resulting from the interaction of light and matter on a nano-scale level. These phenomena include efficient light confinement and emission within photonic crystals, light generation in engineered semiconductors (e.g. nanowires, quantum dots, quantum cascade lasers), manipulation of nano-scale objects using guided waves. He is interested in development of functional nano-photonic devices, and their integration into systems, that can be used for optical communication and optical signal processiong, life sciences and quantum optics. Particular areas of interest include:
- Periodic optical structures: e.g. photonic crystal devices, metamaterials and metalo-dielectric structures in general
- Classical and and non-classical light sources based on nanostructures
- Nanofabrication techniques
- Nanoscale electro-mechanical (NEMS) and opto-mechanical (NOMS) devices and systems
- Application of nanophotonics in life sciences (e.g. bio-chemical sensors)
- Mid-infrared and far-infrared devices and systems, including quantum cascade lasers
Positions & Employment
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
- July 2006-Present: Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
- October 2003-June 2006: Postdoctoral Scholar in Applied Physics
- Member, Optical Society of America
- Member, IEEE
- Member, SPIE
- Member, Materials Research Society
- Conference Chair: SPIE Photonics West, 2010
- Program Committees: SPIE Optics East (2004‐2006), SPIE Photonics West (2009), OSA International Conference on
Nanophotonics (2009‐), ISCS/IPRM (2010), IEEE LEOS Annual Meeting (2009)
- Participant in NSF panels and workshops
- Referee for Nature Photonics, Physical Review Letters, Nanoletters, Optics Letters, Applied Physics Letters, Journal
of Applied Physics, IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, Optics Express
- Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2010
- NSF CAREER Award, 2009
- Outstanding Performer Award, DARPA University Optocenters, 2003
- Graduate Student Silver Award, Material Research Society, 2002
- C. Powel Fellowship, California Institute of Technology, 1997-1998
- Valedictorian Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, 1997
- Fellowship from the Foundation for Development of Science and Art, Ministry of Science and Technology, Republic of Serbia, 1990-1997
- T.M. Babinec, B.M. Hausmann, M. Khan, Y. Zhang, J. Maze, P.R. Hemmer, M. Lončar, "A bright single photon
source based on a diamond nanowire," Nature Nanotechnology (cover page).
- B.M. Hausmann, M. Khan, T.M. Babinec, Y. Zhang, K. Martinick, M.W. McCutcheon, P.R. Hemmer, M. Lončar,
"Fabrication of diamond nanowires for quantum information processing applications," Diamond and Related
- M. W. McCutcheon, D. E. Chang, Y. Zhang, M.D. Lukin, and M. Lončar, "Broad‐band spectral control of single
photon sources using a nonlinear photonic crystal cavity," Optics Express, 17, 22689 (2009).
- D. Woolf, M. Lončar, and F. Capasso "The forces from coupled surface plasmon polaritons in planar
waveguides," Optics Express, 17, 19996 (2009).
- D.J. Lipomi, F. Ilievski, B.J. Wiley, P.B. Deotare, M. Lončar, and G.M. Whitesides "Integrated Fabrication and
Magnetic Positioning of Metallic and Polymeric Nanowires Embedded in Thin Epoxy Slabs," ACS Nano, 3, 3315
- I.B. Burgess*, Y. Zhang*, M. W. McCutcheon*, A.W. Rodriguez, J. Bravo‐Abad, S. G. Johnson, and M. Lončar
"Design of an efficient terahertz generation in triply resonant nonlinear photonic crystal microcavities," Optics
Express, 17, 20099 (2009).
- Y. Zhang, M.W. McCutcheon, I.B. Burgess, and M. Lončar, "Ultra‐high‐Q TE/TM dual‐polarized photonic crystal
nanocavities," Optics Letters, 34, 2694 (2009).
- Q. Quan, I. Bulu, and M. Lončar, "Broadband waveguide QED system on a chip," Physical Review A, 80,
- P. B. Deotare, M. W. McCutcheon, I. W. Frank, M. Khan, and M. Lončar, "Coupled photonic crystal nanobeam
cavities," Applied Physics Letters, 95, 031102 (2009).
- I.B. Burgess, A.W. Rodriguez, M. W. McCutcheon, J. Bravo‐Abad, Y. Zhang, S. G. Johnson, and M. Lončar,
"Difference‐frequency generation with quantum‐limited efficiency in triply‐resonant nonlinear cavities," Optics
Express, 17, 9241 (2009).
- US patent No. 6,466,709: “Photonic crystal microcavities for strong coupling between an atom and the cavity field
and method of fabricating the same”, A. Scherer, J. Vučković, M. Lončar and H. Mabuchi.
- US patent No. 6,468,823: “Fabrication of optical devices based on two dimensional photonic crystal structures and
apparatus made therby”, A. Scherer, M. Lončar, T. Doll.
- US patent No. 6,534,798: “Surface plasmon enhanced LED and the method of operation of the same”, A. Scherer, J. Vučković and M. Lončar.
- US patent No. 6,944,384: “Methods for controlling positions of guided modes of the photonic crystal waveguides”,
M. Lončar, J. Vučković and A. Scherer.
- US patent No. 7,079,240: “Photonic Crystal Laser Sources for Chemical Detection”, M. Lončar and A. Scherer.