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Henri Lezec

Henri Lezec is a Project Leader in the CNST Nanofabrication Research Group. He received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Following postdoctoral research at NEC Fundamental Research Laboratories in Tsukuba, Japan, he worked as an applications specialist for Micrion and FEI Corporations in both Germany and in the USA. He subsequently worked at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and as a Research Director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, France.

He has investigated a broad range of topics associated with the interaction of light with nanoscale structures. He is widely known for his research observing and explaining how plasmons can control the propagation of light through nanoscale apertures, and for creating and measuring metamaterials (materials that have a negative refractive index). His research in the CNST focuses on nanoplasmonics, nanophotonics, and nanofabrication with focused ion beams; he is currently leading a project to develop and exploit negative-index metamaterials at visible frequencies.

Lezec is a prolific writer of important publications and a sought-after invited speaker. He has published over 100 papers, including three letters in Nature and four in Science, as well as four in Physical Review Letters and six in Nano Letters. His papers have been cumulatively cited over 13,000 times with more than 20 papers receiving over 100 citations. He has 38 granted patents (13 U.S., 17 Japanese, 5 European, 2 Canadian, 1 Taiwanese), with an additional 11 patents pending (including 2 U.S.). His work has been recognized with a fellowship in the Optical Society of America in 2010, and with the award of the prestigious Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics in 2011.

Selected Programs/Projects


Selected Publications

  • Beaming Light from a Subwavelength Aperture, H. J. Lezec, A. Degiron, E. Devaux, R. A. Linke, L. Martin-Moreno, F. J. Garcia-Vidal, and T. W. Ebbesen, Science 297(5582), 820 (2002).
  • Diffracted Evanescent Wave Model for Enhanced and Supressed Optical Transmission through Subwavelength Hole Arrays, H. J. Lezec and T. Thio, Optics Express 12(16), 3629 (2004).
  • Negative Refraction at Visible Frequencies, H. J. Lezec, J. A. Dionne, and H. A. Atwater, Science 316(5823), 430 (2007). 
  • All-optical Modulation by Plasmonic Excitation of CdSe Quantum Dots, D. Pacifici, H. J. Lezec, and H. A. Atwater, Nature Photonics 1(7), 402 (2007).
  • Universal Optical Transmission Features in Periodic and Quasiperiodic Hole Arrays, D. Pacifici, H. J. Lezec, L. A. Sweatlock, R. J. Walters, and H. A. Atwater, Optics Express 16(12), 9222 (2008).
  • Local density of states, spectrum, and far-field interference of surface plasmon polaritons probed by cathodoluminescence, M. Kuttge, E. J. R. Vesseur, A. F. Koenderink, J. J. Lezec, H. A. Atwater, F. J. Garcia de Abajo, and A. Polman, Physical Review B 79, 113405 (2009).
Staff Photo - Henri Lezec


Project Leader
Nanofabrication Research Group


B.S. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.S. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering - Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Phone: 301-975-8612
Email: henri.lezec@nist.gov