Marko Loncar

Marko Loncar

  • 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
  • Plasmonics
  • 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

Contact Information

Office:Pierce 107C
Office Phone:(617) 495-5798
Lab Name:Laboratory for Nanoscale Optics
Lab Location:219 McKay Laboratory
Assistant:Kathleen L. Masse
Assistant Office:Pierce 118
Assistant Phone:(617) 495-4202
Research Mgr: Stacia Zatsiorsky

Primary Teaching Area

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

Patents Awarded

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. US patent No. 7,079,240: “Photonic Crystal Laser Sources for Chemical Detection”, M. Lončar and A. Scherer.