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Dr. Uttam Manna

Associate Professor of Physics
Moulton Hall - MLT 313C
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Dr. Manna joined the Illinois State Physics department in Fall 2016. He graduated with a Ph.D. from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Before arriving at Illinois State, he worked as a postdoctoral research scientist at the James Franck Institute at The University of Chicago and the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia University. His research interests are experimental nanophotonics, light-matter interactions at the nanoscale.

Current Courses

390.018Computational Research In Physics

270.001Experimental Physics

270.002Experimental Physics

Journal Article

Coe, B., Olmos-Trigo, J., Qualls, D., Alexis, M., Szczerba, M., Abujetas, D., Biswas, M., & Manna, U. Unraveling Dipolar Regime and Kerker Conditions in Mid-Index Mesoscale Dielectric Materials. Advanced Optical Materials 2202140 (2022)
Pandey, K., Perez, M., Korveziroska, A., Manna, U., & Biswas, M. Fabrication of TiO2 nanodot films using simple solution dipping method and block copolymer template. Journal of Applied Physics 131 (2022): 074901.
Manna, U., Sugimoto, H., Eggena, D., Coe, B., & Fujii, M. Selective Excitation and Enhancement of Multipolar Resonances in Dielectric Nanosphere Using Cylindrical Vector Beams. No. Journal of Applied Physics 127 (2020): 033101.
Parker, J., Sugimoto, H., Coe, B., Eggena, D., Fujii, M., Scherer, N., Gray, S., & Manna, U. Excitation of Electrodynamic Anapole Modes in Dielectric Nanospheres. Physical Review Letters 124 (2020): 097402.
Gunder, C., Dhara, P., Manna, U., & Biswas, M. Block-copolymer assisted fabrication of anisotropic plasmonic nanostructures. Nanotechnology 29.35 (2018): 355303.


Nanophotonics Research Involving Undergraduates at Illinois State University. APS March Meeting 2022. (2022)
Resonant Coupling of Nonradiating Anapole States to Quantum Emitters. APS March Meeting 2022. (2022)
Silicon Nanoparticles for Optical Tweezing. ISU University Research Symposium. (2022)
Synthesis of Colloidal Silicon Nanosphere Involving Undergraduate Students at Illinois State University. APS March Meeting 2022. (2022)
Excitation of Dark Mode in High-Index Silicon Oligomer Nanostructures using Cylindrical Vector Beams. ISU Research Symposium. (2021)
Excitation of dark mode in high-index dielectric oligomer nanostructures. APS March Meeting 2021. (2021)
Resonance Coupling between Optical Anapoles and Quantum Emitters in Silicon Nanosphere J-Aggregate Heterostructures. ISU Research Symposium. (2021)
All-Dielectric Nanophotonics Research Involving Undergraduates at Illinois State University. APS March Meeting. (2020)
All-dielectric nanophotonics: Selective excitation of multipolar resonances and the case of optical anapoles. SPIE Proceedings - 2020. (2020)
Dielectric Nanophotonics as an alternative to Nanoplasmonics. Seminar for Electronic Society of India. Electronic Society of India. (2020)

Grants & Contracts

RUI: Unraveling Novel Nanophotonic Effects in Mid-Index Micro-Sized Dielectric Materials. National Science Foundation. Federal. (2022)
MRI: Acquisition of a Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope to Advance Multidisciplinary Research and Education. National Science Foundation. Federal. (2021)
Optical Excitation of Nonradiating Nanosphere for Lossless Device. National Science Foundation. Federal. (2018)