- Tiantsai Lin Professor of Electrical Engineering
- Faculty Associate, Center for Nanoscale Systems
- Participant, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center
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
Other Experience & Professional Membership
- 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
- 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.