Svetlana V. Boriskina, PhD




NanoEngineering Group

  Mechanical Engineering Department

Massachusetts Institute of Technology












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Last updated: 11 Nov 2017

Singular Nanophotonics & Nanoplasmonics

Typically, research in photonics and plasmonics focuses on the phenomenon of constructive interference of light waves. By tailoring constructive interference, electromagnetic energy can be focused and localized, creating so-called 'hot spots' - bright areas in the intereference field. However, areas of complete darkness - i.e., points or lines of destructive interference are even more fascinating and conceal rich physics. At the point of complete darkness, the intensity of light is vanishing, as a result, the phase in not defined. All possible values of the phase co-exist at this point, much like all the time zones co-exist at the North Pole. Accordingly, such points are known as phase singularities. The phase increases continuously around singularities, and, as the optical power flows along the phase change, phase singularities give rise to areas of circulating optical powerflow – optical vortices.

We have demonstrated that formation of optical vortices is a hidden mechanism behind many unique characteristics of surface plasmons. These include tight energy localization and 'structural slow light' characterized by the reduced group velocity of surface plasmon polariton waves. Our work also revealed that formation and dynamical reconfiguring of connected networks of coupled optical vortices underlies  global topological transitions of artificial photonic metamaterials into the hyperbolic regime.

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Guest-edited Special Issue:

Journal of Optics, 2016 (in progress): Singular Optics & Topological Photonics (with Marat Soskin, Mark Dennis, Yidong Chong and Anton Desyatnikov)



M. Soskin, S.V. Boriskina, Y. Chong, M. Dennis, A. Desyatnikov, Singular optics and topological photonics, J. Optics, 19, 010401, 2017.

S.V. Boriskina, J.K. Tong, Y. Tsurimaki, V. N. Boriskin, A. Semenov, M. Ayzatskiy, Y. Machekhin, G. Chen, Topological darkness of Tamm plasmons for high-sensitivity singular-phase optical detection, Frontiers in Optics, 2016, Pap. FW2E.2 (2016).

S. V. Boriskina, N. Zheludev, eds. Singular and Chiral Nanoplasmonics, Pan Stanford, 2014

J.T. Tong, A. Mercedes, G. Chen, and S.V. Boriskina, "Local Field Topology behind Light Localization and Metamaterial Topological Transitions," Ch. 8 of Singular and Chiral Nanoplasmonics (S.V. Boriskina and N.I. Zheludev Eds.) Pan Stanford, Singapore, 2014.

S.V. Boriskina "Plasmonics with a twist: taming optical tornadoes on the nanoscale," chapter 12 in:  Plasmonics: Theory and applications (T.V. Shahbazyan and M.I. Stockman Eds.) Springer Book Series “Challenges and Advances in Computational Chemistry and Physics” 2013.

Y. Hong, M. Pourmand, S.V. Boriskina, and B.M. Reinhard, “Enhanced light focusing in self-assembled optoplasmonic clusters with subwavelength dimensions,” Adv. Mat., vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 115–119, 2013.

S.V. Boriskina and B.M. Reinhard, “Molding the flow of light on the nanoscale: from vortex nanogears to phase-operated plasmonic machinery,” Nanoscale, no. 4, pp. 76-90, 2012 [FEATURE ARTICLE].

W. Ahn, S.V. Boriskina, Y. Hong, and B.M. Reinhard, “Electromagnetic field enhancement and spectrum shaping through plasmonically integrated optical vortices,” Nano Lett., 12 (1), 219–227, 2012.

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.