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Amit Agrawal (Fed)

Amit Agrawal, is a Project Leader in the Photonics and Optomechanics Group at the Physical Measurement Laboratories (PML) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He received a Bachelors with Honors in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from the Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University India and, M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah. His doctoral research focused on developing plasmonic metamaterials and guided-wave devices operating at terahertz frequencies. He was then a CNST/UMD Postdoctoral Researcher at NIST, where he worked on developing measurement methods for studying the electromagnetic properties of plasmonic nanostructures for applications in switching, sensing and lasing. He then joined the faculty of Syracuse University, where he was the John E. and Patricia Breyer Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and continued his work on designing and characterizing nanoplasmonic and metamaterial devices, as well as measuring their opto-mechanical and opto-electronic response. He is a recipient of the University of Utah Graduate Research Fellowship, New Focus/Bookham Award from OSA, IEEE/LEOS Graduate Student Fellowship, and the D. J. Lovell Scholarship from SPIE, and has been recognized as a Rising Researcher by the SPIE, and was the runner-up in the Rising Stars of Light competition in 2020. His current research interests are focused on: (i) developing time-resolved optical spectroscopy and microscopy techniques in the visible, mid-infrared and terahertz ranges to study optical effects in devices based on novel materials, and (ii) developing metasurfaces and integrated nanophotonic devices operating from the ultraviolet to the infrared for chip-scale realization of integrated quantum systems.

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Selected Publications

Endothermic reaction at room temperature enabled by deep-ultraviolet plasmons, C. Wang, W.-C. D. Yang, A. Bruma, D. Raciti, R. Marx, A. Agrawal, and R. Sharma, Nature Materials 20, 346–352 (2021).
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Ultrafast optical pulse shaping using dielectric metasurfaces, S. Divitt, W. Zhu, C. Zhang, H. J. Lezec, and A. Agrawal, Science 364, 890–894 (2019).
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All-angle negative refraction and active flat lensing of ultraviolet light, T. Xu, A. Agrawal, M. Abashin, K. J. Chau, and H. J. Lezec, Nature 497, 470–474 (2013).
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Optics of photonic quasicrystals, Z. V. Vardeny, A. Nahata, and A. Agrawal, Nature Photonics 7, 177–187 (2013).

Electron vortex beams with high quanta of orbital angular momentum, B. J. McMorran, A. Agrawal, I. M. Anderson, A. A. Herzing, H. J. Lezec, J. J. McClelland, and J. Unguris, Science 331, 192–195 (2011). 
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Transmission resonances through aperiodic aperture arrays, T. Matsui, A. Agrawal, A. Nahata, and Z.V. Vardeny, Nature 446, 517–521 (2007).


Single-atom trapping in a metasurface-lens optical tweezer

Ting-Wei Hsu, Wenqi Zhu, Tobias Thiele, Mark Brown, Scott Papp, Amit Agrawal, Cindy Regal
Single neutral atoms in optical tweezers have become an important platform for quantum simulation, computing, and metrology [1-3]. With ground-up control

Metasurface on integrated photonic platform: from mode converters to machine learning

Zi Wang, Yahui Xiao, Kun Liao, Tiantian Li, Hao Song, Haoshuo Chen, S M Zia Uddin, Dun Mao, Feifan Wang, Zhiping Zhou, Bo Yuan, Wei Jiang, Nikolas Fontaine, Amit Agrawal, Alan Willner, Xiaoyong Yu, Tingyi Gu
Integrated photonic circuits are created as a small form factor and robust analogue for fiber-based optical systems, from wavelength-division multiplication

Patents (2018-Present)


NIST Inventors
Henri Lezec , Amit Agrawal , Wenqi Zhu and Jessie Zhang
patent description The ultraviolet (UV) range (wavelength of light: 200 nm to 400 nm) is a technologically important spectral regime hosting diverse applications such as photolithography, high-resolution imaging, spectroscopy, quantum optics, atomic trapping, etc. Current technology for manipulating
Slide showing text explaining the benefits of the technology described in patent 10,720,993

Metasurface Optical Pulse Shaper for Shaping an Optical Pulse in a Temporal Domain

NIST Inventors
Henri Lezec , Amit Agrawal and Wenqi Zhu
Patent Description Ultrafast laser pulse shaping is a well-developed field with available commercial products. Typically, the amplitude, phase or polarization of the light is controlled by placing a spatial light modulator (SLM) at the focus of the first mirror, in a technique known as Fourier
Created August 30, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022