Welcome to my research group's website!

Remembering Professor Mark Stockman - a colleague and a friend (photo credit: N. Zheludev): here is one of the cherished moments with Mark. You can learn more about Mark Stockman here, and still more here:


Our projects

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One day's moments caught on film (click on a button below to see the corresponding image; click on an image to see its larger version):


January 2022: Our paper Tailoring the Thickness-Dependent Optical Properties of Conducting Nitrides and Oxides for Epsilon-Near-Zero-Enhanced Photonic Applications has been feaured in Purdue News article entitled Researchers tailor thickness of conducting nitrides and oxides to enhance their photonic applications.

January 2022: Our new paper Photophysics of Intrinsic Single-Photon Emitters in Silicon Nitride at Low Temperatures has been submitted to arXiv for early access.

December 2022: Our resarch team member Dr. D. Sychev presented at December 13th' session of the IUB Quantum Student Journal Club a talk entitled Using Classical Machine Learning to Improve Quantum Photonics (video below) based on our joint studies with Prof. Boltasseva's group.

November 2022: Our paper Greatly Enhanced Emission from Spin Defects in Hexagonal Boron Nitride Enabled by a Low-Loss Plasmonic Nanocavity came out in Nanoletters.

November 2022: We would like to draw your attention to a paper honouring our late colleague and friend - A tribute to the memory of professor Alexander K. Popov

September 2022: Our paper Silicon Nitride Waveguides with Intrinsic Single-Photon Emitters for Integrated Quantum Photonics came out in "ACS Photonics". The paper is featured on journal's cover.

August 2022: Our paper Tailoring the Thickness-Dependent Optical Properties of Conducting Nitrides and Oxides for Epsilon-Near-Zero-Enhanced Photonic Applications came out in "Advanced Materials".

June 2022: Our paper Near-zero-index ultra-fast pulse characterization came out in Nature Communications.

June 2022: Our paper Thickness-Dependent Drude Plasma Frequency in Transdimensional Plasmonic TiN came out in Nano Letters.

June 2022: Check out my recent talk entitled Quantum Meta-Photonics - a contribution to MetaMAT seminar series at Imperial College (London, England).

May 2022: Our paper Challenges and prospects of plasmonic metasurfaces for photothermal catalysis came out in Nanophotonics journal.

May 2022: Our paper Transparent conducting oxides: from all-dielectric plasmonics to a new paradigm in integrated photonics came out in Advances in Optics and Photonics.

May 2022: Our paper Multimetallic Metasurfaces for Enhanced Electrocatalytic Oxidations in Direct Alcohol Fuel Cells came out in Laser & Photonics Reviews.

April 2022: Congratulations to our team member Sarah Chowdhury for receiving a 2022 J. A. Woollam Company Scholarship from the Society of Vacuum Coaters Foundation.

March 2022: 2022 APS Prize and Award Session has taken place on March 14, 2022, in Chicago - see the picture below (click to enlarge). Some laureates from years 2020 and 2021 were also present, among them - Prof. V. Shalaev - the recipient of the APS 2020 Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids.

2022 APS Prize and Award Session participants

March 2022: A Purdue ECE News article Electrically reconfigurable interactions in quantum spin systems highlightes research described in our paper Electric field control of interaction between magnons and quantum spin defects.

January 2022: Our paper Electric field control of interaction between magnons and quantum spin defects came out in Phys. Rev. Research.

January 2022: Our paper Under-standing all-optical switching at the epsilon-near-zero point: a tutorial review came out in Applied Physics B.

Sarah Chowdhury

January 2022: Our paper Optimizing Startshot Lightsail Design: A Generative Network-Based Approach came out in ACS Photonics.

January 2022: Our paper Machine learning framework for quantum sampling of highly constrained, continuous optimization problems came out in Applied Physics Reviews. This paper was highlighted in an AIP SciLight article Framework maps continuous-space inverse design problems for compression.

December 2021: "Purdue team discovers efficient single-photon emitters in technologically important SiN material platform" (Purdue ECE News)

December 2021: Our paper Room-temperature single-photon emitters in silicon nitride came out in Science Advances.

November 2021: For the 5-th consecutive year Prof. V. Shalaev is named in The Highly Cited Researchers™ list by Clarivate™.

October 2021: Latest version of the Stanford Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators has been published. It containes data on top 2% most-cited researchrs in all fields of science; Shalaev has the career ranking of 10 in the Optics category (out of 64,512 scientists included in this category).

October 2021: Our paper Visible photon generation via four-wave mixing in near-infrared near-zero-index thin films came out in Optics Letters.

October 2021: Our paper Plasmonic hot-carriers and their applications: opinion came out in Optical Materials Express.

October 2021: Creating Quantum Emitters in Hexagonal Boron Nitride Deterministically on Chip-Compatible Substrates came out in Nano Letters.

October 2021: Our paper Efficient Topology-Optimized Couplers for On-Chip Single-Photon Sources came out in ACS Photonics.

September 2021: Study: First observation of high-harmonic generation in robust, refractory metals, Purdue News - highlights our research.

August 2021: Our team member Soham Saha has been chosen to receive the 2021 Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Award: Congratulations Soham for receiving this thoroughly deserved by you, prestigious award!

Soham Saha

August 2021: Our paper High-harmonic generation in metallic titanium nitride came out in Nature Communications.

August 2021: A book Frontiers in Optics and Photonics (Edited by F. Capasso and D. Couwenberg) has recently been published (De Gruyter) to which we contributed a chapter entitled Machine learning-assisted global optimization of photonic devices.

July 2021: Our paper Tunable Metasurfaces: Controlling Light in Space and Time came out in Optics & Photonics News.

June 2021: Check out my talk entitled "Empowering Quantum Photonics with Nanoplasmonics and Machine Learning" at the recent QSC Quantum Summer School

and a stimulating panel discussion

May 2021: Our research team member Sarah Nahar Chowdhury receivs SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship. Congratulations, Sarah!Deesha Shah

May 2021: Familiarize yourself with contributions of M.I. Stockman to the field of pnano-optics.

May 2021: Congratulations to our research team member Deesha Shah for receiving a Corning Women in Optical Communications Scholarship!! Deesha Shah

April 2021: Congratulations to Deesha Shah for receiving the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship!

March 2021: Happy to see our paper on Engineering photonic density of states using metamaterials in the top 0.5% of the published work cited and or downloaded from Applied Physics B in the past 4 decades! The paper is a result of collaboration among the research groups of Z. Jacob, A. Boltasseva, E. Narimanov, V. M. Shalaev.

March 2021: An article entitled Mark Stockman: Evangelist for Plasmonics honoring Professor M. Stockman and highlighting his many contributions to the field of plasmonics came out in ACS Photonics.

March 2021: Check out my recent "Coffee Hour" interview that touched upon a variety of topics:

January 2021: Our papers

came out in Laser Photonics Reviews.

December 2020: Our paper Lithography-Free Plasmonic Color Printing with Femtosecond Laser on Semicontinuous Silver Films came out in ACS Photonics.

November 2020: Our paper Extraordinarily large permittivity modulation in zinc oxide for dynamic nanophotonics came out in Materials Today journal.

November 2020: Two Purdue ECE professors - A. Boltasseva and V. M. Shalaev - have been named to the list of Highly Cited Researchers 2020 from the Web of Science Group (Purdue ECE News).

November 2020: Our paper Hybrid magneto photonic material structure for plasmon assisted magnetic switching came out in Opt. Mater. Express.

October 2020: Our paper Machine learning–assisted global optimization of photonic devices came out in Nanophotonics journal.

October 2020: Our paper Single‐Photon Sources: Chip‐Compatible Quantum Plasmonic Launcher came out in Advanced Optical Materials. The paper is highlighted on the journal front cover.

September 2020: Our paper Reduced optical losses in refractory plasmonic titanium nitride thin films deposited with molecular beam epitaxy came out in Optical Materials Express.

September 2020: A Purdue Press Release New machine learning-assisted method rapidly classifies quantum sources highlights our recent work: see ref below. The story was picked up by a number of Sci&Tech news outlets.

Our paper Rapid Classification of Quantum Sources Enabled by Machine Learning came out in Advanced Quantum Technologies journal.

August 2020: Check out our presentations at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2020 Digital Forum:

August 2020: Our paper Dynamically controlled random lasing with colloidal titanium carbide MXene came out in Opt. Mater. Express.

August 2020: Check out our newly granted patent (#US 10,739,261 B2) Surface-plasmon opto-magnetic field enhancement for all-optical magnetization switching.

July 2020: Our paper On-chip Single-layer Integration of Diamond Spins with Microwave and Plasmonic Channels came out in ACS Photonics.

July 2020: Our paper Enhancing the graphene photocurrent using surface plasmons and a p-n junction came out in Nature - Light Sci Appl.

June 2020: Our paper Determining plasmonic hot-carrier energy distributions via single-molecule transport measurements came out in Science magazine.

This paper is highlighted in a Science Perspective article Interrogating hot electrons in tunnel junctions.

The paper prompted Press Releases from Purdue University and University of Michigan.

Prof. V. Shalaev

Vladimir M. Shalaev - The Robert and Anne Burnett Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

Whether you are a Student, a Researcher, or the CEO

of a dynamic company active in the field of photonics and nanotechnology, I hope you will find something interesting for you on this website and that you will visit us again.

I am looking for bright students to join our group with expertise in the areas of quantum photonics, machine learning, nanolasers, and novel optical materials.

You can reach me via:

Phone: +1 765 494-9855
E-mail: shalaev@purdue.edu
Mail: Purdue University (contd.)

Birck Nanotechnology Center
1205 West State Street
West Lafayette, Indiana 47906

More info on our research and collaborations can be found here:

The video below outlines nanophotonics effort led by Professors V. Shalaev, A Boltasseva, and A. Kildishev at Purdue's Birck Nanotechnology Center:

and our talks at recent 6th International Conference On Quantum Technologies provide more detail:

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June 2020: Our paper Plasmonic and phononic properties of epitaxial conductive transition metal nitrides came out in Journal of Optics.

May 2020: Our review article Ten years of spasers and plasmonic nanolasers came out in Light: Science & Applications journal.

May 2020: Our paper Machine-learning-assisted metasurface design for high-efficiency thermal emitter optimization came out in Applied Physics Reviews.

This paper is highlighted in an AIP Scilight article Machine learning assists in the fast, efficient design of nanophotonic devices.

May 2020: Our research team member Deesha Shah receives the Teddi Laurin Scholarship.

May 2020: Our paper Ultrafast quantum photonics enabled by coupling plasmonic nanocavities to strongly radiative antennas came out in Optica magazine (supplement).

May 2020: Our paper Solar Thermoplasmonic Nanofurnace for High-Temperature Heterogeneous Catalysis came out in Nano Letters.

April 2020: Our paper TiN@TiO2 Core–Shell Nanoparticles as Plasmon‐Enhanced Photo-sensitizers: The Role of Hot Electron Injection came out in Laser & Photonics Reviews.

March 2020: Our paper Trans-dimensional material platforms for tunable metasurface design came out in MRS Bulletin.

March 2020: Our paper Adiabatic frequency shifting in epsilon-near-zero materials: the role of group velocity came out in Optica journal.

March 2020: Our research team member Shaimaa Azzam receives an Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award from Purdue College of Engineering.


February 2020: Our paper Negative Refraction in Time-Varying Strongly Coupled Plasmonic-Antenna–Epsilon-Near-Zero Systems came out in Phys. Rev. Letters.

February 2020: Our paper Broad Frequency Shift of Parametric Processes in Epsilon-Near-Zero Time-Varying Media came out in Applied Sciences journal

January 2020: Our research team member Samuel Peana receives the Helen & Rolf Illsley Scholarship from the Society of Vacuum Coaters Foundation.

January 2020: Our research team member Xiaohui Xu (PhD advdisor Prof. A. Boltasseva) receives an SVC Foundation Scholarship from the Society of Vacuum Coaters Foundation.


January 2020: Our paper Transdimensional epsilon-near-zero modes in planar plasmonic nanostructures came out in Phys. Rev. Research.

January 2020: Our paper Dynamical Control of Broadband Coherent Absorption in ENZ Films came out in Micromachines journal.

January 2020: In a wonderful company of all those who ever won The Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics (click on the pic to see its larger version)

December 2019: Our paper Superconductivity Behavior in Epitaxial TiN Films Points to Surface Magnetic Disorder came out Phys. Rev. Applied.

December 2019: Our paper High‐Speed, and Large‐Amplitude Dynamic Optical Switching with Yttrium‐Doped Cadmium Oxide came out in Advanced Functional Materials.