Inverse design in nanophotonics

Sean Molesky, Zin Lin, Alexander Y. Piggott, Weiliang Jin, Jelena Vucković, Alejandro W. Rodriguez

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Recent advancements in computational inverse-design approaches — algorithmic techniques for discovering optical structures based on desired functional characteristics — have begun to reshape the landscape of structures available to nanophotonics. Here, we outline a cross-section of key developments in this emerging field of photonic optimization: moving from a recap of foundational results to motivation of applications in nonlinear, topological, near-field and on-chip optics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)659-670
Number of pages12
JournalNature Photonics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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