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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, and subsequently as a Research Director at the Centre national de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, France. Immediately prior to joining NIST in 2007, he was a Visiting Research Associate at the California Institute of Technology. Henri's 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. He holds 11 U.S. patents and has over 75 publications, including several in Science and Nature, and is a frequent invited speaker at international meetings.  Henri is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and is a co-recipient of the 2010 Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics. 

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).
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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