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Alessandro Salandrino
Alessandro Salandrino
Assistant Professor, EECS

ITTC Lab Affiliation(s)
   Communications & Signal Processing Laboratory
   Radar Systems and Remote Sensing Laboratory
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Primary Office: 257 Nichols Hall
2335 Irving Hill Road
Lawrence, KS 66045-7552
Phone: (785)864-4896

Secondary Office: 3030 Eaton Hall
1520 W. 15th St
Lawrence, KS 66045-7621
Phone: (785)864-4896
Fax: (785)864-3226

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  • Honors - Research
  • 2007-2010 University of Central Florida Presidential Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2008 SPIE Scholarship in Optical Engineering

Alessandro Salandrino received his "Laurea Magistralis" degree in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Applied Electromagnetics, from the University of Rome RomaTre. After graduating with a PhD in Optics and Photonics from CREOL, the College of Optics at the University of Central Florida, he joined the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California Berkeley as a postdoctoral research associate. His main research interests are in nanophotonics, with a particular emphasis on nano-structured systems such as metamaterials and plasmonic devices. Among his main contributions to the field of nanophotonics are the invention of a far-field subdiffraction imaging system known as "Hyperlens", and the introduction of the Airy Plasmons, a novel class of diffraction-free surface plasmon polaritons. He is the author of 21 peer-reviewed articles and holds 3 U.S. Patents.

  • Postdoc - University of California Berkeley 2011-2014

  • Ph.D. in Optics and Photonics, CREOL, College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida, 2011

  • M.S. in Optics and Photonics, CREOL, College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida, 2010

  • Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania 2004-2007

  • Laurea Magistralis. (B.S. + M.S) in Electrical Engineering, University of Rome ROMATRE, 2003

  • ME290 "Plasmonic Materials" (Graduate Course) University of California, Berkeley. Guest lecturer.

  • EECS 220 Electromagnetics II

  • EECS 420 Electromagnetics II

Research Interests

    My main research interests are in optics, photonics, and applied electromagnetics. My work has placed a particular emphasis on engineering the electromagnetic properties of nano-structured systems such as metamaterials and plasmonic devices. My interest in the electrodynamics of complex media began around 2004 when I joined Prof.Engheta's group at UPENN, and driven by the fascination with these new ways to explore and expand optics, I have since then made several notable contributions to the field, including the very first proposal and design of a far-field sub-diffraction imaging scheme based on complex media with hyperbolic dispersion (also known as Hyperlens) My vision is to build upon the experience I have accumulated, to further explore novel avenues in complex materials, with the ultimate goal of delivering applications that could be integrated with current technologies.

  • OSA Member

  • SPIE Member

Publications (Journal)
J1. N. Engheta, A. Salandrino, A. Alu, "Circuit Elements at Optical Frequencies: Nano-Inductor, Nano-Capacitor, and Nano-Resistor," Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 95504 (2005)*. (221 ISI Citations)
*press coverage and highlights:
- Physics News Update, AIP Bulletin of Physics News, No. 737-1, July 14, 2005.
- Science Daily, Sept. 27, 2005.
- Nanotechnology Now, September 28, 2005.
J2. A. Salandrino and N. Engheta, "Far-Field Subdiffraction Optical Microscopy Using Metamaterial Crystals: Theory and Simulations," Phys. Rev. B 74, 075103 (2006)*. (252 ISI Citations)
*press coverage and highlights:
- Nature Physics 2, 651, Research Highlights (2006).
- Physics News Update, AIP Bulletin of Physics News, No. 823-2, May 8, 2007.
J3. A. Alu, A. Salandrino, and N. Engheta, "Negative effective permeability and left-handed materials at optical frequencies," Opt. Express 14, 1557 (2006). (114 ISI Citations)
J4. J. Li, A. Salandrino, and N. Engheta, "Shaping the Beam of Light in Nanometer Scales: A Yagi-Uda Nanoantenna in Optical Domain," Phys. Rev. B 76, 245403 (2007). (77 ISI Citations)
J5. A. Alu, M. G. Silveirinha, A. Salandrino, and N. Engheta, "Epsilon-Near-Zero Metamaterials and Electromagnetic Sources: Tailoring the Radiation Phase Pattern," Phys. Rev. B 75, 155410 (2007).
(136 ISI Citations)
J6. A. Au, A. Salandrino, and N. Engheta, "Coupling of optical lumped nanocircuit elements and effects of substrates," Opt. Express 15, 13865 (2007). (15 ISI Citations)
J7. A. Alu, A. Salandrino, and N. Engheta, "Parallel, series, and intermediate interconnections of optical nanocircuit elements. 2. Nanocircuit and physical interpretation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 3014 (2007).
(21 ISI Citations)
J8. A. Salandrino, A. Au, and N. Engheta, "Parallel, series, and intermediate interconnections of optical nanocircuit elements. 1. Analytical solution," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 3007-3013 (2007).
(21 ISI Citations)
J9. C. L. Holloway, D. C. Love, E. F. Kuester, A. Salandrino, and N. Engheta, "Sub-wavelength resonators: On the use of metafilm to overcome the lambda/2 size limit," IET Microw Antenna P 2, 120, (2008).
(12 ISI Citations)
J10. J. Li, A. Salandrino, and N. Engheta,"Optical Spectrometer at the nanoscale using optical Yagi-Uda naonoantennas" Phys. Rev. B 79, 195104 (2009). (20 ISI Citations)
J11. A.Salandrino, K. Makris, D.N. Christodoulides, Y. Lahini, Y. Silberberg, R. Morandotti, "Analysis of a three-core adiabatic directional coupler" , Optics Commun. 282, 4524 (2009). (7 ISI Citations)
J12. A. Salandrino and D. N. Christodoulides, "Negative index Clarricoats-Waldron waveguides for terahertz and far infrared applications," Opt. Express 18, 3626 (2010). (7 ISI Citations)
J13. A. Salandrino and D. N. Christodoulides, "Airy plasmon: a nondiffracting surface wave," Opt. Lett. 35, 2082 (2010).
J14. A. Salandrino and D. N. Christodoulides, "Superresolution via enhanced evanescent tunneling," Opt. Lett. 36, 487 (2011).
J15. A. Salandrino and D. N. Christodoulides, "Reverse optical forces in negative index dielectric waveguide arrays", Opt. Lett. 36, 3103 (2011). (4 ISI Citations)
J16. A. Minovich, A.E. Klein, W. Liu, A. Salandrino, N. Janunts, I.V. Shadrivov, A.E. Miroshnichenko, T. Pertsch, D.N. Neshev, D.N. Christodoulides , and Y.S. Kivshar, "Airy Plasmons: Bending Light on a Chip," Optics & Photonics News 22(12), 35 (2011).
J17. A. Salandrino, S. Fardad and D.N. Christodoulides, "Generalized Mie Theory of optical forces", J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, 29, 855 (2012).
J18. P. Zhang, Y. Hu, D. Cannan, A. Salandrino, T. Li, R. Morandotti, X. Zhang, and Z. Chen,"Generation of linear and nonlinear nonparaxial accelerating beams" Opt. Lett. 37, 2820 (2012). (9 ISI Citations)
J19. H. Suchowski, K. O'Brien, Z.J. Wong, A. Salandrino, X. Yin, and X. Zhang, "Phase-mismatch Free Nonlinear Propagation in Optical Zero Index Materials," Science, 342, 1223-1226 (2013).
J20. Chihhui Wu, Alessandro Salandrino, Xingjie Ni, and Xiang Zhang, "Electrodynamical Light Trapping Using Whispering-Gallery Resonances in Hyperbolic Cavities", Physical Review X, 4, 021015 (2014)
J21. Shima Fardad, Alessandro Salandrino, Matthias Heinrich, Peng Zhang, Zhigang Chen, and Demetrios N. Christodoulides. "Plasmonic Resonant Solitons in Metallic Nanosuspensions" Nano Letters 14 (5), 2498-2504 (2014)

Invited Scientific Commentaries
A. Salandrino and D. Christodoulides, "Viewpoint: Airy plasmons defeat diffraction on the surface", APS Physics 4, 69 (2011).

P1. Nader Engheta, Alessandro Salandrino, Andrea Alu: Optical Circuits and Circuit Elements and Methods of Forming Same. The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. Sep, 4 2008: US20080212920
P2. Nader Engheta, Alessandro Salandrino: Frequency-modulated coding and data recording and storage using plasmonic nanostructures. Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. Mar, 26 2009: US20090080297
P3. Nader Engheta, Alessandro Salandrino, Brian Edwards: Far-field sub-diffraction optical lenses (fasdol). Dec, 10 2009: US20090303578

Publications (Selected Conferences)
C1."Sub-diffraction Imaging via Surface Plasmon Decompression" in OSA CLEO/QELS 2014
C2."Bimodal Phase-Matching in Hybrid Photonic Plasmonic Systems" 2014 Gordon Research Conference in Plassmonics
C3. "Optical Tractor Beams in Scattering-induced Left-Handed Fields," in OSA CLEO/QELS, 2011.
C4. "Super-resolution via Enhanced Evanescent Tunneling," in OSA CLEO/QELS, 2011.
C5. "Airy Plasmon: A Non-Diffracting Surface Wave," in OSA CLEO/QELS, 2011.
C6. "Anomalous Optical Force Fields around High-Contrast Subwavelength Nanowaveguides," in OSA CLEO/QELS, 2010.
C7. "Fluorescence dynamics in plasmonic core-shell nanoparticles," in IEEE LEOS 2008.
C8. "Observation of plasmonic field-enhancement of the nonlinear response of gold thin films", in CLEO/QELS, 2008.
C9. "Sub-Diffraction Optical Lenses for Use in Far-Field Sub-Wavelength Optical Microscopy (FSOM)," in OSA Frontiers in Optics, 2006.
C10. "Binary Encoding and Nanotagging Using Plasmonic Core-Shell Nanoparticles," in OSA Frontiers in Optics, 2006.
C11. "Conjoined Nanoparticles as Parallel or Series Circuit Elements at Optical Frequencies," in the USNC/CNC/URSI National Radio Science Meeting, 2005.
C12."Negative Magnetic Response and Left-Handed Metamaterials in the Optical Domain Using Plasmonic Nanostructures," in APS March Meeting, 2005.

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