Prof. Robert Magnusson
Professor at Univ of Texas at Arlington
SPIE Involvement:
Fellow status | Conference Program Committee | Author | Instructor
Area of Expertise:
wave propagation in periodic structures , nanophotonics , optical bio- and chemical sensors , nanolithography , nanoplasmonics , periodic nanostructures
Profile Summary

Robert Magnusson is the Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics and Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. He received the Ph. D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

After working in industry for 5 years, he joined the faculty at UT-Arlington. He was Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering at UT-Arlington during 1998-2001 and Professor and Head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut 2001-2006 and Professor there 2006-2008.

He directs the UT-Arlington Nanophotonics Device Group. Current theoretical and experimental research addresses periodic nanostructures, nanolithography, nanophotonics, nanoelectronics, nanoplasmonics, and optical bio- and chemical sensors.

He is the Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Resonant Sensors Incorporated, a company that provides next-generation optical sensor systems for pharmaceutical and biotech customers.

He has published some 420 journal and conference papers and has nearly 30 issued and pending patents. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society and SPIE, a Life Fellow of IEEE, and a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
Publications (40)

Proc. SPIE. 10528, Optical Components and Materials XV
KEYWORDS: Reflectors, Diffraction, Radio optics, Dielectrics, Numerical simulations, Polarizers, Space telescopes, Photonics, Terahertz radiation, Diffraction gratings

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | February 20, 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10510, Frontiers in Biological Detection: From Nanosensors to Systems X
KEYWORDS: Optical filters, Environmental monitoring, Sensors, Medical diagnostics, Biosensors, Waveguide modes, Chemical elements, Sensor technology, Environmental sensing

Proc. SPIE. 10356, Nanostructured Thin Films X
KEYWORDS: Metamaterials, Nanostructures, Polarization, Silicon, Physics, Waveguide modes, Nanostructured thin films, Bandpass filters

SPIE Journal Paper | April 17, 2017
OE Vol. 56 Issue 12
KEYWORDS: Gold, Metals, Dielectrics, Sensors, Dielectric polarization, Absorption, Optical filters, Refractive index, Optical engineering, Surface plasmons

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | September 15, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9927, Nanoengineering: Fabrication, Properties, Optics, and Devices XIII
KEYWORDS: Reflectors, Diffraction, Optical filters, Silicon, Reflectivity, Polarizers, Transmittance, Dielectric polarization, Diffraction gratings, Bandpass filters

SPIE Journal Paper | March 18, 2016
OE Vol. 55 Issue 03
KEYWORDS: Optical filters, Silicon, Semiconducting wafers, Waveguides, Reflection, Polarization, Antireflective coatings, Optical engineering, Diffraction gratings, Resonators

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Conference Committee Involvement (29)
Nanoengineering: Fabrication, Properties, Optics, Thin Films, and Devices XVI
11 August 2019 | San Diego, California, United States
Biomedical Imaging and Sensing Conference
24 April 2019 | Yokohama, Japan
Nanoengineering: Fabrication, Properties, Optics, and Devices XV
21 August 2018 | San Diego, California, United States
Biomedical Imaging and Sensing Conference
25 April 2018 | Yokohama, Japan
Nanoengineering: Fabrication, Properties, Optics, and Devices XIV
9 August 2017 | San Diego, California, United States
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Course Instructor
SC019: Sub-Wavelength Diffractive Optics: Principles and Applications
This course addresses analysis, applications, and fabrication technology of diffractive elements with subwavelength feature sizes. The principal methods of modeling light propagation in periodic layers are introduced. Patterning methods such as interference lithography and electron-beam lithography are presented along with main processing techniques. Numerous applications realized with subwavelength diffractive elements are presented. These include antireflection surfaces, diffractive lenses, optical interconnects, photonic crystals, polarization components, memory readout concepts, as well as optical filters, lasers, and biosensors based on resonant waveguide gratings. Examples of actual fabricated devices and their measured characteristics are emphasized throughout the course. A software package useful for design of one- or two-layer periodic elements will be provided to the attendees.
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