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Henri Lezec

Henri Lezec is a NIST Fellow and  Project Leader in the Photonics and Plasmonics Group of the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) at NIST. He received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 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 as as Associate Faculty Member and  Research Director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, France, and as Visiting Research Associate at  the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

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 PML focuses on nanoplasmonics, nanophotonics, and nanofabrication with focused ion beams; he is currently leading  projects in the areas of visible and ultraviolet frequency metamaterials and metasurfaces, and well as exploring fundamental mechanisms and practical applications of optical forces on metals .

Lezec is a prolific writer of important publications and a sought-after invited speaker. He has published over 150 papers, including three letters in Nature and five in Science. His papers have an h-index of 50 and  have been cumulatively cited over 28,000 times, with 5 papers receiving more than 1000 citations, and another 33  receiving over 100 citations. He has 43 granted patents, including 18 U.S. patents. 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

  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • All-angle negative refraction and active flat lensing of ultraviolet light, T. Xu, A. Agrawal, M. Abashin, and H.J. Lezec, Nature 497,470 (2013)

Publications

Photorealistic full-color nanopainting enabled by a low-loss metasurface

Author(s)
Pengcheng Huo, Maowen Song, Wenqi Zhu, Cheng Zhang, Lu Chen, Henri J. Lezec, Yanqing Lu, Amit K. Agrawal, Ting Xu
We design and experimentally demonstrate a TiO2 metasurface that enables full-color generation and ultrasmooth color brightness variations. The reproduced

Plasmon Lasers

Author(s)
Wenqi Zhu, Shawn M. Divitt, Matthew S. Davis, Cheng Zhang, Ting Xu, Henri J. Lezec, Amit K. Agrawal
Recent advancements in the ability to design, fabricate and characterize optical and optoelectronic devices at the nanometer scale have led to tremendous

Low-loss Metasurface Optics down to the Deep Ultraviolet

Author(s)
Cheng Zhang, Shawn M. Divitt, Qingbin Fan, Wenqi Zhu, Amit K. Agrawal, Yanqing Lu, Ting Xu, Henri J. Lezec
Metasurfaces, planar arrays of subwavelength electromagnetic structures that collectively mimic the functionality of much thicker conventional optical elements
Created July 30, 2019