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Igal Brener

Igal Brener

Phone (505) 844-8097


  • CINT
  • Synthesis
  • Property Measurements
  • Prediction: theory, modeling and computational techniques




Ultrafast lasers and phenomena

Terahertz science and technology



D.Sc., Physics, Technion, Haifa, Israel, 1991

B.A., Physics, Technion, Haifa, Israel, 1983

B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Technion, Haifa, Israel, 1983


Professional Appointments

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, CINT Nanophotonics Thrust Co-Leader, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque


Professional Societies

Optical Society of America

Materials Research Society


American Physical Society




Fellow of the American Physical Society (2016)

Guest Professor, University of Jena (2016)

R&D 100 award (team member) “Membrane Projection Lithography” (2013)

Fellow of the IEEE (2013)

Lady Davis Fellow (2012)

Award for Research Excellence, SNL, Grand Challenge Metamaterials (2011)

LDRD Award for Excellence, SNL, Miniature Flow Cytometer (2008)

Fellow of the Optical Society of America (2007)

Award of Excellence, Bell Labs (1999)

Rothschild scholarship for post-doctoral studies (1991-1993)

Gutwirth excellency prize (1991)



  1. “Photovoltaic cell with light trapping for enhanced efficiency”, Issued 2015, US Patent 9,190,542
  2. “Electrically tunable infrared metamaterial devices”, Issued 2015, US Patent 9,086,510 B1
  3.  “Mid Infrared Tunable Metamaterials”, Issued 2015, US Patent 9,018,642 B1
  4. “Multicolor Photonic Crystal Laser Array, Issued 2015, US Patent 9,020,005 B2
  5. “Terahertz metamaterials”, Issued 2014, US Patent 8,803,637 B1
  6. “Microfabricated particle focusing device”, Issued 2013, US Patent 8,425,749
  7. “Optical transmission system with reduced Kerr effect nonlinearities”, issued 2004, Patent Number 6,704,519.
  8. Optical switch having MEMS array with reduced optical loss”, issued 2004, Patent Number 6,690,849.
  9. Optical switch with an array of offset angled micro-mirrors”, issued 2003, Patent Number 6,628,857.
  10. Voltage reduction in integrated control systems of mirrors”, issued 2003, Patent Number 6,597,827
  11. “Optical monitoring of the angular position of micro mirrors in an optical switch”, issued 2003, Patent Number 6,549,692.
  12. “Optical switch and method for aligning optical switch components”, issued 2003, Patent Number 6,529,652
  13. "Optical Transmision System with Reduced Kerr Effect Nonlinearities", issued 2004, US Patent 6,704,519B1, German Patent DE60128281T2, Others: CA2332696C, EP1133031B1
  14. "A waveguide with reduced pump depletion", issued 2002, Patent Number 6,411,757.
  15. "Dispersion mapping in optical fibers", issued 2000, U.S. Patent Number 6,118,523.
  16. “Near Field THz imaging”, issued 1999, U.S. Patent Number 5,894,125.
  17. “Terahertz Generators and Detectors”, issued 1998, U.S. Patent Number 5,729,017.
  18. “Reverse Side Etching for Producing Layers with Strain Variation”, issued 1996, U.S. Patent Number 5,532,510.
  19. “Method and Apparatus for Near Field Field, Scanning, Optical Microscopy by Reflective Optical Feedback”, issued 1995, U.S. Patent Number 5,389,779.


Google Scholar

  1. “Spectral filtering using active metasurfaces compatible with narrow bandgap III-V infrared detectors”, Omri Wolf, Salvatore Campione, Jin Kim, and Igal Brener, Optics Express 24, 21512 (2016).
  2. “Resonantly Enhanced Second-Harmonic Generation Using III–V Semiconductor All-Dielectric Metasurfaces”, Sheng Liu, Michael B. Sinclair, Sina Saravi, Gordon A. Keeler, Yuanmu Yang, John Reno, Gregory M. Peake, Frank Setzpfandt, Isabelle Staude, Thomas Pertsch, and Igal Brener, Nano Letters Article ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b01816
  3. “Splitting of magnetic dipole modes in anisotropic TiO2 micro-spheres”, Irina Khromova, Petr Kužel, Igal Brener,  John L. Reno, U-Chan Chung Seu, Catherine Elissalde, Mario Maglione, Patrick Mounaix, Oleg Mitrofanov, Laser Photonics Rev. 10(4), 2016. 10.1002/lpor.201670049.
  4. “III–V Semiconductor Nanoresonators—A New Strategy for Passive, Active, and Nonlinear All-Dielectric Metamaterials”, Sheng Liu, Gordon A. Keeler, John L. Reno, Michael B. Sinclair, Igal Brener, Adv. Opt. Mat. 2016, DOI: 10.1002/adom.201600240
  5. “Efficient Polarization-Insensitive Complex Wavefront Control Using Huygens’ Metasurfaces Based on Dielectric Resonant Meta-atoms”, Katie E. Chong, Lei Wang, Isabelle Staude, Anthony R. James, Jason Dominguez, Sheng Liu, Ganapathi S. Subramania, Manuel Decker, Dragomir N. Neshev, Igal Brener, and Yuri S. Kivshar, ACS Photonics3 , 514-519 (2016).
  6. “Towards an Integrated Microneedle Total Analysis Chip for Protein Detection”, Philip Miller, Matthew Moorman, Ron Manginell, Carlee Ashlee, Igal Brener, David Wheeler, Roger Narayan and Ronen Polsky, Electroanalysis 28, 1305–1310 (2016)
  7. “Intrinsic polarization control in rectangular GaN nanowire lasers”, Changyi Li, Sheng Liu, Ting. S. Luk, Jeffrey J. Figiel, Igal Brener, S. R. J. Brueck and George T. Wang,  Nanoscale 8, 5682-5687 (2016).
  8. “Multipolar Coupling in Hybrid Metal–Dielectric Metasurfaces”, Rui Guo, Evgenia Rusak, Isabelle Staude, Jason Dominguez, Manuel Decker, Carsten Rockstuhl, Igal Brener, Dragomir N. Neshev, and Yuri S. Kivshar, ACS Photonics: March 2, 2016 (Letter), DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.6b00012
  9. “Terahertz near-field imaging of surface plasmon waves in graphene structures”, O Mitrofanov, W Yu, RJ Thompson, Y Jiang, ZJ Greenberg, J Palmer, Igal Brener, Wei Pan, C Berger, WA de Heer, Z Jiang, Solid State Communications 224, 47 (2015). 
  10. “A Small-Footprint IR Source with Beam Control”, Omri Wolf, Salvatore Campione, Igal Brener, John Klem, Michael Sinclair, Optics and Photonics News, December 2015, p54.
  11. “Enhanced optical nonlinearities in the near-infrared using III-nitride heterostructures coupled to metamaterials”, Omri Wolf, Andrew A. Allerman, Xuedan Ma, Joel R. Wendt, Alex Y. Song, Eric A. Shaner and Igal Brener, Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 151108 (2015)
  12. Nonlinear Properties of "Magnetic Light", M. R. Shcherbakov, D. N. Neshev, B. Hopkins, A. S. Shorokhov, I. Staude, E. V. Melik-Gaykazyan, M. Decker, A. A. Ezhov, A. E. Miroshnichenko, I. Brener, A. A. Fedyanin, and Yu. S. Kivshar, Asia Pacific Physics Newsletter 2015 04:01, 57-58
  13. “Epsilon-Near-Zero Modes for Tailored Light-Matter Interaction”, Salvatore Campione, Sheng Liu, Alexander Benz, John F. Klem, Michael B. Sinclair, and Igal Brener, Phys. Rev. Applied 4, 044011 (2015).
  14. “Photoconductive Terahertz Near-Field Detector with a Hybrid Nanoantenna Array Cavity”, Oleg Mitrofanov, Igal Brener, Ting Shan Luk, and John L. Reno, ACS Photonics 2, 1763 (2015).
  15. “Annular-Shaped Emission from Gallium Nitride Nanotube Lasers”, Changyi Li, Sheng Liu, Antonio Hurtado, Jeremy B. Wright, Huiwen Xu, Ting Shan Luk, Jeffrey J. Figiel, Igal Brener, Steven R. J. Brueck, and George T. Wang, ACS Photonics Article ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.5b00039
  16. “Polarization-Independent Silicon Metadevices for Efficient Optical Wavefront Control”, Katie E. Chong, Isabelle Staude, Anthony James, Jason Dominguez, Sheng Liu, Salvatore Campione, Ganapathi S. Subramania, Ting S. Luk, Manuel Decker, Dragomir N. Neshev, Igal Brener, and Yuri S. Kivshar, Nano Letters 2015 15 (8), 5369-5374, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b01752
  17. Electrodeposited Iron as a Biocompatible Material for Microneedle Fabrication”, Philip R Miller, Ryan D Boehm, Shelby A Skoog, Thayne L Edwards, Mark Rodriguez, Susan Brozik, Igal Brener, Thomas Byrd, Justin T Baca, Carlee Ashley, Roger J Narayan, Ronen Polsky, Electroanalysis. doi: 10.1002/elan.201500199
  18. “Dipolar resonances in conductive carbon micro-fibers probed by near-field terahertz spectroscopy I. Khromova, M. Navarro-Cía, I. Brener, J. L. Reno, A. Ponomarev and O. Mitrofanov ,

Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 021102 (2015)
  19. “Phased-array sources based on nonlinear metamaterial nanocavities”, Omri Wolf, Salvatore Campione, Alexander Benz, Arvind P. Ravikumar, Sheng Liu, Ting S. Luk, Emil A. Kadlec,Eric A. Shaner, John F. Klem, Michael B. Sinclair & Igal Brener, Nature Communications 6, Article number: 7667 (2015)
  20. Continuous and dynamic spectral tuning of single nanowire lasers with subnanometer resolution using hydrostatic pressure”, S Liu, C Li, JJ Figiel, SRJ Brueck, I Brener, GT Wang, Nanoscale 7 (21), 9581-9588 (2015)
  21. “Active Tuning of All-Dielectric Metasurfaces”, Jürgen Sautter, Isabelle Staude, Manuel Decker, Evgenia Rusak, Dragomir N. Neshev, Igal Brener, and Yuri S. Kivshar, ACS Nano, 2015, 9 (4), pp 4308–4315
  22.  “Nonlinear Interference and Tailorable Third-Harmonic Generation from Dielectric Oligomers”, Maxim R. Shcherbakov, Alexander S. Shorokhov, Dragomir N. Neshev, Ben Hopkins, Isabelle Staude, Elizaveta V. Melik-Gaykazyan, Alexander A. Ezhov, Andrey E. Miroshnichenko, Igal Brener, Andrey A. Fedyanin, and Yuri S. Kivshar, ACS Photonics Article ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.5b00065.
  23. "Theory of epsilon-near-zero modes in ultrathin films", Salvatore Campione, Igal Brener, and Francois Marquier, Physical Review B 91, 121408 (2015).
  24. “Shaping Photoluminescence Spectra with Magnetoelectric Resonances in All-Dielectric Nanoparticles”, Isabelle Staude, Vyacheslav V. Khardikov, Nche T. Fofang, Sheng Liu, Manuel Decker, Dragomir N. Neshev, Ting Shan Luk, Igal Brener, and Yuri S. Kivshar, ACS Photonics  2, 172-177 (2015)
  25. “Control of Strong Light–Matter Coupling Using the Capacitance of Metamaterial Nanocavities”, Alexander Benz, Salvatore Campione, John F. Klem, Michael B. Sinclair, and Igal Brener, Nano Letters Article ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/nl504815c
  26. “High-Efficiency Dielectric Huygens’ Surfaces”, Manuel Decker, Isabelle Staude, Matthias Falkner, Jason Dominguez, Dragomir N. Neshev, Igal Brener, Thomas Pertsch and Yuri S. Kivshar, Advanced Optical Materials. doi: 10.1002/adom.201400584.
  27. “Controlled Growth of Ordered III-Nitride Core–Shell Nanostructure Arrays for Visible Optoelectronic Devices”, Ashwin K. Rishinaramangalam, Saadat Mishkat Ul Masabih, Michael N. Fairchild, Jeremy B. Wright, Darryl M. Shima, Ganesh Balakrishnan, Igal Brener, S.R.J. Brueck, Daniel F. Feezell, Journal of Electronic Materials  44 1255 (2015)
  28. “Part-Per-Trillion Level Detection of Microcystin-LR Using a Periodic Nanostructure”, Briscoe, J.L. Sang-Yeon Cho, Brener, I., IEEE Sensors Journal 15 , 1366 (2015)
  29. “Enhanced Third-Harmonic Generation in Silicon Nanoparticles Driven by Magnetic Response”, Maxim R. Shcherbakov, Dragomir N. Neshev, Ben Hopkins, Alexander S. Shorokhov, Isabelle Staude, Elizaveta V. Melik-Gaykazyan, Manuel Decker, Alexander A. Ezhov, Andrey E. Miroshnichenko, Igal Brener, Andrey A. Fedyanin, and Yuri S. Kivshar, Nano Letters 14, 6488-6492 (2014).
  30. “Doping-tunable thermal emission from plasmon polaritons in semiconductor epsilon-near-zero thin films”, Young Chul Jun, Ting S. Luk, A. Robert Ellis, John F. Klem and Igal Brener, Appl. Phys. Lett. 105, 131109 (2014)
  31. "Near-field probing of Mie resonances in single TiO2 microspheres at terahertz frequencies." Mitrofanov, Oleg, Filip Dominec, Petr Kužel, John L. Reno, Igal Brener, U. Chung, Cathy Elissalde, Mario Maglione, and Patrick Mounaix. Optics express 22,  23034 (2014).
  32. “Optical magnetic mirrors without metals”, Sheng Liu, Michael B. Sinclair, Thomas S. Mahony, Young Chul Jun, Salvatore Campione, James Ginn, Daniel A. Bender, Joel R. Wendt, Jon F. Ihlefeld, Paul G. Clem, Jeremy B. Wright, and Igal Brener, Optica 1, 250-256 (2014).
  33. Quantum-Size-Controlled Photoelectrochemical Fabrication of Epitaxial InGaN Quantum Dots”, Xiaoyin Xiao, Arthur J. Fischer, George T. Wang, Ping Lu, Daniel D. Koleske, Michael E. Coltrin, Jeremy B. Wright, Sheng Liu, Igal Brener, Ganapathi S. Subramania, and Jeffrey Y. Tsao, Nano Letters Article ASAP 2014
  34. Near-Field Mapping of Optical Modes on All-Dielectric Silicon Nanodisk”, Terefe Getaneh Habteyes, Isabelle Staude, Katie E. Chong, Jason Dominguez, Manuel Decker, Andrey Miroshnichenko, Yuri Kivshar, and Igal Brener, ACS Photonics, Article ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/ph500232u
  35. Directional perfect absorption using deep subwavelength low-permittivity films”, Ting S. Luk, Salvatore Campione, Iltai Kim, Simin Feng, Young Chul Jun, Sheng Liu, Jeremy B. Wright, Igal Brener, Peter B. Catrysse, Shanhui Fan, and Michael B. Sinclair, Phys. Rev. B 90, 085411
  36. “Optical strong coupling between near-infrared metamaterials and intersubband transitions in III-nitride heterostructures”, Alexander Benz , Salvatore Campione , Michael W Moseley , Jonathan J Wierer, Jr. , Andrew A Allerman , Joel R Wendt , and Igal Brener, ACS Photonics, Just Accepted Manuscript, DOI: 10.1021/ph500192v
  37. Polarization control in GaN nanowire lasers”, Jeremy Benjamin Wright, Jeffrey James Figiel, Igal Brener, George T Wang, Ting Shan Luk, Huiwen Xu, Antonio Hurtado, Changyi Li, Sheng Liu, Steven RJ Brueck, Ganesh Balakrishnan, Qiming Li, Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 16, pp. 19198-19203 (2014)
  38. High-Q terahertz Fano resonance with extraordinary transmission in concentric ring apertures, Jie Shu, Weilu Gao, Kimberly Reichel, Daniel Nickel, Jason Dominguez, Igal Brener, Daniel M. Mittleman, and Qianfan Xu, Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 4, pp. 3747-3753 (2014)
  39. “Second harmonic generation from metamaterials strongly coupled to intersubband transitions in quantum wells”, Salvatore Campione, Alexander Benz, Michael B. Sinclair, Filippo Capolino and Igal Brener, Appl. Phys. Lett. 104, 131104 (2014)
  40. “Spectrally selective chiral silicon metasurfaces based on infrared Fano resonances”, Chihhui Wu,Nihal Arju, Glen Kelp,     Jonathan A. Fan, Jason Dominguez, Edward Gonzales, Emanuel Tutuc, Igal Brener & Gennady Shvets, Nature Communications 5, Article number: 3892,doi:10.1038/ncomms4892
  41. “Electrodynamic modeling of strong coupling between a metasurface and intersubband transitions in quantum wells”, Salvatore Campione,Alexander Benz,John F. Klem,Michael B. Sinclair,Igal Brener, and Filippo Capolino, Physical Review B89, 165133 (2014)
  42. An Electrically Driven Terahertz Modulator with over 20 dB of Dynamic Range”, N. Karl, K. Reichel, H.-T. Chen, A. J. Taylor, I. Brener, A. Benz, J. L. Reno, R. Mendis and D. M. Mittleman, Applied Physics Letters 104, 091115 (2014)
  43. “Observation of Fano Resonances in All-Dielectric Heptamers”, Chong, K. E., Hopkins, B., Staude, I., Miroshnichenko, A. E., Dominguez, J., Decker, M., Neshev, D. N., Brener, I. and Kivshar, Y. S. Small. doi: 10.1002/smll.201303612 , (2014)
  44.  “Polarization-dependent photocurrent enhancement in metamaterial-coupled quantum dots-in-a-well infrared detectors”, YD Sharma, YC Jun, JO Kim, I Brener, S Krishna, Optics Communications 312, 31-34, 2014
  45. “Energy Frontier Research Center for Solid-State Lighting Science: Exploring New Materials Architectures and Light Emission Phenomena”, Michael E. Coltrin, Andrew M. Armstrong, Igal Brener, Weng W. Chow, Mary H. Crawford, Arthur J. Fischer, David F. Kelley, Daniel D. Koleske, Lincoln J. Lauhon, James E. Martin, May Nyman, E. Fred Schubert, Lauren E. Shea-Rohwer, Ganapathi Subramania, Jeffrey Y. Tsao, George T. Wang, Jonathan J. Wierer, Jr., and Jeremy B. Wright, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 118, 13330-13345 (2014).
  46. “3 μm aperture probes for near-field terahertz transmission microscopy”, AJ Macfaden, JL Reno, I Brener, O Mitrofanov, Applied Physics Letters 104 (1), 011110, (2014)
  47. Distributed feedback gallium nitride nanowire lasers”, JB Wright, S Campione, S Liu, JA Martinez, H Xu, TS Luk, Q Li, GT Wang, Applied Physics Letters 104 (4), 041107 (2014)
  48. “Tunable metamaterials based on voltage controlled strong coupling”, A Benz, I Montaño, JF Klem, I Brener, Applied Physics Letters 103 (26), 263116, 2013
  49. Monolithic metallic nanocavities for strong light-matter interaction to quantum-well intersubband excitations”, A Benz, S Campione, S Liu, I Montano, JF Klem, MB Sinclair, F Capolino, I Brener. Optics Express 21 (26), 32572-32581,2013
  50. Polarization switching in GaN nanowire lasers, A Hurtado, H Xu, JB Wright, S Liu, Q Li, GT Wang, TS Luk, JJ Figiel, K Cross ...Applied Physics Letters 103 (25), 251107, 2013
  51. MicroneedleBased Transdermal Sensor for OnChip Potentiometric Determination of K,+”, PR Miller, X Xiao, I Brener, DB Burckel, R Narayan, R Polsky, Advanced healthcare materials, 2013
  52. Strong coupling in the sub-wavelength limit using metamaterial nanocavities, A Benz, S Campione, S Liu, I Montaño, JF Klem, A Allerman, JR Wendt, MB Sinclair, I. Brener, Nature communications 4, 2013
  53. Epsilon-Near-Zero Strong Coupling in Metamaterial-Semiconductor Hybrid Structures, Young Chul Jun, John Reno, Troy Ribaudo, Eric Shaner, Jean-Jacques Greffet, Simon Vassant, Francois Marquier, Mike Sinclair, and Igal Brener, Nano Letters 13, 5391 (2013)
  54. “Mid-infrared time-domain spectroscopy system with carrier-envelope phase stabilization, Sheng Liu, Thomas S. Mahony, Daniel A. Bender, Michael B. Sinclair and Igal Brener, Appl. Phys. Lett. 103, 181111 (2013)
  55. “Simultaneous Detection of Dopamine, Ascorbic Acid and Uric Acid at Lithographically-Defined 3D Graphene Electrodes”, Xiao, X., Miller, P. R., Narayan, R. J., Brozik, S. M., Wheeler, D. R., Brener, I., Wang, J., Burckel, D. B. and Polsky, R, Electroanalysis. doi: 10.1002/elan.201300253
  56. “Multi-colour nanowire photonic crystal laser pixels”, Jeremy B Wright, Sheng Liu, George T Wang, Qiming Li, Alexander Benz, Daniel D Koleske, Ping Lu, Huiwen Xu, Luke Lester, Ting S Luk, Igal Brener, Ganapathi Subramania, Scientific reports 3, 2982 (2013).

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