Svetlana V. Boriskina, PhD




  Mechanical Engineering Department

Massachusetts Institute of Technology












Teaching & mentoring

Special issues & sessions



Last updated: 25 Oct 2018

Design of Novel Elements for Optical Nanocircuits

Nanophotonics and nanoplasmonics have matured to transform from the laboratory-based playfields for probing fundamental science phenomena to applications domains of robust sensing and on-chip information processing. This transformation amplifies the need for accurate design and robust fine-tuning of various elements of optical nanocircuits, including nanoscale (de)multiplexers, resonant filters, signal plitters, embedded coherent sources and amplifiers, etc. Optical microcavities such as whispering-gallery-mode resonators, photonic crystal nanocavities, and plasmonic nanoresonators are essential elements of complex meso-scale optical chip nanocircuitry. I have proposed and demonstrated various new photonic, plasmonic and hybrid elements with novel circuit functionalities, which were designed by using semi-analytical integral equations techniques. These include: hybrid optoplasmonic superlenses for robust  spectral and spatial multiplexing with sub-wavelength resolution, novel-shape microcavities and coupled-cavity photonic molecules with tailored modal and emission spectra enabling on-chip directional light sources, and novel-type optical waveguides with unusual transport characteristics.

Guest-edited Special Issues:

Optics Express, Oct 2011: Collective phenomena in Photonic, Plasmonic and Hybrid Structures (with Michelle Povinelli, Vasily N. Astratov, Anatoly V. Zayats, Viktor A. Podolskiy




Optoplasmonic elements and networks

S.V. Boriskina and B.M. Reinhard, “Spectrally and Spatially Configurable Superlenses for Optoplasmonic Nanocircuits,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, vol. 108, no. 8, pp. 3147-3151, 2011.

S.V. Boriskina and B.M. Reinhard, “Adaptive on-Chip Control of Nano-Optical Fields with Optoplasmonic Vortex Nanogates Opt. Express, vol. 19, no. 22, pp. 22305, 2011.

W. Ahn, S.V. Boriskina, Y. Hong, and B.M. Reinhard, “Photonic-plasmonic mode coupling in on-chip integrated optoplasmonic molecules ACS Nano, 6 (1), pp. 951–960, 2012.

W. Ahn, Y. Hong, S.V. Boriskina, and B.M. Reinhard, “Demonstration of efficient on-chip photon transfer in self-assembled optoplasmonic networks ACS Nano, vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 4470-4478, 2013.

Y. Hong, W. Ahn, S.V. Boriskina, X. Zhao, B.M. Reinhard, "Directed assembly of optoplasmonic hybrid materials with tunable photonic-plasmonic properties," J. Phys. Chem. Lett., vol. 6, pp 2056–2064, 2015.

W. Ahn, Y. Hong, S.V. Boriskina, X. Zhao, B.M. Reinhard, "Template-guided self-assembly of discrete optoplasmonic molecules and extended optoplasmonic arrays," vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 250–260, Nanophotonics, 2015.


Microlaser resonators

S.V. Boriskina, “Photonic Molecules and Spectral Engineering,” Chapter 16 in Photonic Microresonator Research and Applications (I. Chremmos, N. Uzunoglu, O. Schwelb eds.), Springer, 2010.

A.I. Nosich, E.I. Smotrova, S.V. Boriskina, T.M. Benson, P. Sewell, “Trends in Microdisk Laser Research and Linear Optical Modelling,” (INVITED) Optical and Quantum Electronics, vol. 39, no. 15, Dec. 2007.

S.V. Boriskina, “Coupling of Whispering-Gallery Modes in Size-Mismatched Microdisk Photonic MoleculesOptics Letters, vol. 32, no.11, pp. 1557-1559, June 2007.

A.V. Boriskin, S.V. Boriskina, A. Rolland, R. Sauleau, and A.I. Nosich, “Test of the FDTD Accuracy in the Analysis of the Scattering Resonances Associated with High-Q Whispering-Gallery Modes of a Circular CylinderJ. Opt. Soc. Am. A, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 1169-1173, 2008

S.V. Boriskina, T.M. Benson, P. Sewell, A.I. Nosich, “Directional Emission, Increased Free Spectral Range and Mode Q-Factors in 2-D Wavelength-Scale Optical Microcavity Structures,” (INVITED), IEEE J. Select. Topics Quantum Electron., vol. 12, no. 6, part 1, pp. 1175-1182, 2006

S.V. Boriskina, “Theoretical Prediction of a Dramatic Q-factor Enhancement and Degeneracy Removal of WG Modes in Symmetrical Photonic MoleculesOpt. Lett., vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 338-340, 2006.

S.V. Boriskina, T.M. Benson, P. Sewell, A.I. Nosich, “Q-Factor and Emission Pattern Control of the WG Modes in Notched Microdisk ResonatorsIEEE J. Select. Topics Quantum Electron., vol. 12, no. 1, 2006

T.M. Benson, S.V. Boriskina, P. Sewell, A. Vukovic, S.C. Greedy, A.I. Nosich, “Micro-Optical Resonators for Microlasers and Integrated Optoelectronics: Recent Advances and Future Challenges in Frontiers of Planar Lightwave Circuit Technology: Design, Simulation and Fabrication, (S. Janz, J. Ctyroky and S. Tanev eds.), Springer, 2005

S.V. Boriskina, T.M. Benson, P. Sewell, A.I. Nosich, “Highly Efficient Design of Spectrally Engineered Whispering-Gallery-Mode Laser Resonators”, Opt. Quantum Electron., vol. 35, pp. 545-559, March/April 2003.

 S.V. Boriskina, P. Sewell, T.M. Benson, A.I. Nosich, “Accurate Simulation of 2D Optical Microcavities with Uniquely Solvable Boundary Integral Equations and Trigonometric-Galerkin Discretization”, J. Opt. Soc. Am. A, vol. 21, no.3, pp. 393-402, March 2004.

A.V. Boriskin, A.I. Nosich, S.V. Boriskina, T.M. Benson, P. Sewell, and A. Altintas, “Lens or resonator? Electromagnetic Behavior of an Extended Hemielliptic Lens for a Sub-mm Wave ReceiverMicrowave Opt. Technol. Lett., vol. 43, no. 6, pp. 515-518, Dec. 2004.

S.V. Boriskina, T.M. Benson, P. Sewell, A.I. Nosich, “Spectral Shift and Q-Change of Circular and Square-Shaped Optical Microcavity Modes due to Periodical Sidewall Surface Roughness”, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, vol. 21, no. 10, pp. 1792-1796, Oct. 2004.

S.V. Boriskina, T.M. Benson, P. Sewell, A.I. Nosich, “Optical Modes in Imperfect Square and Triangular Microcavities IEEE J. Quantum Electronics, vol. 41, no. 6, pp. 857- 862, June 2005.

S.V. Boriskina, T.M. Benson, P. Sewell, A.I. Nosich, "Effect of a Layered Environment on the Complex Natural Frequencies of Two-Dimensional WG-Mode Dielectric-Ring Resonators", IEEE/OSA J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 20, no. 8, pp. 1563-1572, August 2002.


Coupled resonator optical waveguides

S.V. Boriskina, “Spectral Engineering of Bends and Branches in Microdisk Coupled-Resonator Optical Waveguides,” Optics Express (Focus Issue on Physics and Applications of Microresonators), vol. 15, no. 25, Dec. 2007

S.V. Pishko, P. Sewell, T.M. Benson, and S.V. Boriskina, “Efficient Analysis and Design of Low-Loss Whispering-Gallery-Mode Coupled Resonator Optical Waveguide BendsJ. Lightwave Technol., vol. 25, no. 9, pp. 2487-2494, Sept. 2007


Resonant filters for optical waveguides

S.V. Boriskina, T.M. Benson, P. Sewell, A.I. Nosich, “Tuning of Elliptic Whispering-Gallery-Mode Microdisk Waveguide FiltersIEEE/OSA J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 21, no. 9, pp. 1987-1995, 2003.

S.V. Boriskina, A.I. Nosich, "Radiation and Absorption Losses of the Whispering-Gallery-Mode Dielectric Resonators Excited by a Dielectric Waveguide", IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Tech., vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 224-231, 1999.

S.V. Boriskina, A.I. Nosich, “Numerical Simulation of Surface-Wave Bandstop Filters”, Microwave Opt. Technol. Lett., vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 169-173, 1996.


Optical fibers

S.V. Boriskina, T.M. Benson, P. Sewell, A.I. Nosich, “Highly Efficient Full-Vectorial Integral Equation Solution for the Bound, Leaky, and Complex Modes of Dielectric Waveguides”, IEEE J. Select. Topics Quantum Electron., vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 1225-1232, Nov/Dec 2002.