Faculty

 

Uttam Manna photo  Uttam Manna
  Assistant Professor

 Office: Moulton 313C
 Phone: (309) 438-2037
 e-mail: umanna@ilstu.edu

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Education

  • Post-doctoral Research Scientist - University of Chicago (2012-2016)
  • Post-doctoral Research Scientist - Columbia University (2009-2012)
  • Ph.D - Trinity College Dublin (2005-2009)

TEACHING INTERESTS

  • Dr. Manna currently teaches PHY 102.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Our research aims at understanding optical phenomena on the nanometer scale. To facilitate this, we take two-step approach. Firstly, we confine light by classical means i.e. focus light using microscope objectives beyond the paraxial approximation. Secondly, we use the confined light as a probe to investigate resonance phenomena (electric and magnetic) in metal nanoparticle based structures as well as study interaction of light with other nanoscale systems (quantum dots, rare earth elements, etc.).