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Arka Majumdar

Associate Professor
Photonics and Nano Devices
M230 ECE
Campus Box 352500
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-616-5558
Research Web Page: NOISE Lab


Prof. Arka Majumdar is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics at the University of Washington, Seattle. He received his B. Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 2007, where he was honored with the President’s Gold Medal. Majumdar completed his master’s degree (2009) and Ph.D. (2012) in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He spent one year at the University of California, Berkeley (2012-13) and also at Intel Labs as a postdoc in Santa Clara, CA (2013-14). His research interests include developing a hybrid integrated nanophotonic platform using emerging material systems for applications in ultra-low power optical information science, imaging, and microscopy. Majumdar is the recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (2015), Intel early career faculty award (2015), Alfred P. Sloan research fellowship for physics (2018), and NSF CAREER Award (2019).

Awards and Honors

Research Projects

Recent Publications

  • An Optical Frontend for a Convolutional Neural Network , Shane Colburn, Yi Chu, Eli Shlizerman, Arka Majumdar, Applied Optics, Vol. 58, Issue 12, pp. 3179-3186 (2019). [Link]
  • Low-loss and broadband non-volatile phase-change directional coupler switches, Peipeng Xu, Jiajiu Zheng, Jonathan Doylend, Arka Majumdar, ACS Photonics, 2019. [Link]
  • Ultrathin van der Waals metalenses , Chang-Hua Liu, Jiajiu Zheng, Shane Colburn, Taylor K. Fryett, Yueyang Chen, Xiaodong Xu, Arka Majumdar, Nano Letters , 18 (11), pp 6961–6966, (2018). [Link]
  • Deterministic positioning of colloidal quantum dots on silicon nitride nanobeam cavities , Yueyang Chen, Albert Ryou, Max Friedfeld, Taylor Fryett, James Whitehead, Brandi Cossairt, Arka Majumdar, Nano Letters , 18 (10), pp 6404–6410, 2018. [Link]
  • Varifocal zoom imaging with large area focal length adjustable metalenses , Shane Colburn, Alan Zhan, Arka Majumdar, Optica, Vol. 5, Issue 7, pp. 825-831 (2018). [Link]
  • Inverse design of optical elements based on arrays of dielectric spheres, Alan Zhan, Taylor K. Fryett, Shane Colburn, Arka Majumdar, Applied Optics, 2018. [Link]
  • Metasurface optics for full-color computational imaging , Shane Colburn, Alan Zhan and Arka Majumdar, Science Advances, Vol. 4, no. 2, 2018 [ Link ]
  • Low Contrast Dielectric Metasurface Optics, Alan Zhan, Shane Colburn, Rahul Trivedi, Taylor Fryett, Christopher Dodson, Arka Majumdar, ACS Photonics, 2016. [Link]
  • Monolayer semiconductor nanocavity lasers with ultralow thresholds, Sanfeng Wu, Sonia Buckley, John R. Schaibley, Liefeng Feng, Jiaqiang Yan, David G. Mandrus, Fariba Hatami, Wang Yao, Jelena Vuckovic, Arka Majumdar and Xiaodong Xu, Nature, 520, 69-72, (2015). [Link]