Svetlana V. Boriskina, PhD




  Mechanical Engineering Department

Massachusetts Institute of Technology












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Last updated: 25 Oct 2018

Aperiodic Nanophotonics & Nanoplasmonics

Photonic and plasmonic materials with deterministic aperiodic lattices occupy a unique space between periodic photonic crystals and random media. They are characterized by long-range order without translational periodicity. One well-known class of aperiodic photonic lattices are quasicrystals. Aperiodic structures of various degrees of complexity with and without rotational symmetries can be constructed by using simple mathematical rules. Owing to their unique and tunable light transport and localization properties, aperiodic photonic lattices find applications in sensing, spectroscopy, solid-state lighting, frequency conversion and quantum cryptography.


General properties:

S.V. Boriskina, "Quasicrystals: Making invisible materials," Nature Photonics, vol. 9, no. 7, pp. 422-424, 2015.

L. Dal Negro and S.V. Boriskina, "Deterministic Aperiodic Nanostructures for Photonics and Plasmonics Applications," Laser & Photon. Reviews, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 178-218, 2012 [REVIEW].

S.V. Boriskina, A.Gopinath, and L. Dal Negro, “Optical Gap Formation and Localization Properties of Optical Modes in Deterministic Aperiodic Photonic Structures,” Opt. Express, vol. 16, no. 23, pp. 18813-18826, 2008.

A. Gopinath, S.V. Boriskina, N.-N. Feng, B.M. Reinhard, and L. Dal Negro, “Photonic-Plasmonic Scattering Resonances in Determinsitic Aperiodic StructuresNano Lett., vol. 8, no. 8, pp. 2423-2431, 2008 (highlighted in Nature Photonics, Sept. 2008).

S.V. Boriskina, S.Y.K. Lee, J.J. Amsden, F.G. Omenetto, and L. Dal Negro, "Formation of Colorimetric Fingerprints on Nano-Patterned Deterministic Aperiodic Surfaces" Opt. Express, vol. 18, no. 14, pp.14568-14576, 2010.

S.V. Boriskina, A. Gopinath, and L. Dal Negro, “Optical Gaps, Mode Patterns and Dipole Radiation in 2-D Aperiodic Photonic StructuresPhysica E, vol. 41, pp. 1102-1106, 2009.

S.V. Boriskina and L. Dal Negro, “Multiple Wavelength Plasmonic Nano-Antennas,” Opt. Lett., vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 538-540, 2010.

C. Forestiere, G. Miano, S.V. Boriskina, and L. Dal Negro, “The Role of Nanoparticle Shapes and Deterministic Aperiodicity for the Design of Nanoplasmonic ArraysOpt. Express, vol. 17, no. 12, pp. 9648-9661, 2009.

Sensing and spectroscopy with aperiodic order:

R. Blanchard, S.V. Boriskina, P. Genevet, M.A. Kats, J.-P. Tetienne, N. Yu, M.O. Scully, L. Dal Negro, and F. Capasso, “Multi-Wavelength Mid-Infrared Plasmonic Antennas with Single Nanoscale Focal Point Opt. Express, vol. 19, no. 22, pp. 22113, 2011. (COVER)

S.Y. Lee, J.J. Amsden, S.V. Boriskina, A. Gopinath, A. Mitropolous, D.L. Kaplan, F.G. Omenetto, L. Dal Negro, "Spatial and Spectral Detection of Protein Monolayers with Deterministic Aperiodic Arrays of Metal Nanoparticles," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, vol. 107, no. 27, pp. 12086-12090, 2010.

A. Gopinath, S.V. Boriskina, W.R. Premasiri, L. Ziegler, B.M. Reinhard, and L. Dal Negro, “Plasmonic Nano-Galaxies: Multi-Scale Aperiodic Arrays for Surface Enhanced Raman Sensing,” Nano Lett., vol. 9, no. 11, pp 3922–3929, 2009.

A. Gopinath, S.V. Boriskina, B.M. Reinhard, and L. Dal Negro, “Aperiodic Metal Nanoparticle Arrays for Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS),” Opt. Express, vol. 17, no. 5, pp. 3741-3753, 2009.

Emission enhancement and lasing with aperiodic order:

H. Noh, J.-K. Yang , S.V. Boriskina, M.J. Rooks, G.G. Solomon, L. Dal Negro and H. Cao, "Lasing in Thue-Morse Structures with Optimized Aperiodicity," Appl. Phys. Lett., vol. 98, 201109, 2011.

A. Gopinath, S.V. Boriskina, S. Yerci, R. Li, and L. Dal Negro, “Enhancement of the 1.54 micron Er3+ emission from quasiperiodic plasmonic arrays,” Appl. Phys. Lett., vol. 96, 071113, 2010.

J.-K. Yang, S.V. Boriskina, H. Noh, M.J. Rooks, G. Solomon, L. Dal Negro and H. Cao, "Demonstration of Laser Action in Pseudo-Random Medium," (COVER PAPER) Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 223101, 2010.