CNST researcher Kartik Srinivasan was honored with the Sigma Xi Young Scientist Award for 2011. He shared this prestigious prize with Sheng Lin-Gibson, Acting Group Leader of the Biomaterials Group in the Polymers Division. Dr. Srinivasan was cited for his development of "innovative measurement and fabrication methods that have elucidated light-matter interactions in nanophotonic systems and enabled detailed investigation of single quantum systems, with applications in sensing and classical and quantum computations." In presenting the award, Dr. Marilyn Jacox of the Optical Technology Division noted that Dr. Srinivasan's work "encompassed both experiment and theory" and that, while nanoscience investigates very small aggregates of atoms and molecules, his measurements "are even more challenging because they also involve observations of these entities at very short times." She predicted that the optomechanical system that he has recently worked on will enable development of ultra-high sensitivity, high-speed atomic force microscopy methods. The award, which acknowledges outstanding scientific achievements within 10 years of obtaining an advanced degree, was presented by the NIST Chapter of Sigma Xi at their annual banquet on June 10, 2011 at the Golden Bull Grand Café.
Dr. Srinivasan joined NIST in 2007, and is a Project Leader in the Nanofabrication Research Group in the CNST where he is leading projects in the field of nanophotonic measurements. He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology, where his graduate research was supported by a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellowship. Prior to graduate school, he worked for one year at XPonent Photonics, a startup company based in Monrovia, CA. After completing his Ph.D., he continued at Caltech as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Physics of Information. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers in journals such as Applied Physics Letters, Physical Review, Nature, and Science, on topics including microcavity lasers, chip-based cavity quantum electrodynamics, near-field optical probing, and the electromagnetic design and nanofabrication of photonic crystal devices.