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Dr. Uttam Manna

Associate Professor of Physics
Ctr for Math Sci & Technology
Moulton Hall - MLT 313C
  • About
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Dr. Manna joined the Illinois State Physics department in Fall 2016. He graduated with a Ph.D. from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Before arriving at Illinois State, he worked as a postdoctoral research scientist at the James Franck Institute at The University of Chicago and the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia University. His research interests are experimental nanophotonics, light-matter interactions at the nanoscale.

Current Courses

299.014Independent Honor Study In Chemistry

499.014Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

290.014Research in Chemistry

490.014Research In Chemistry

Journal Article

Coe, B., Sevik, R., Biswas, M., & Manna, U. Resonant coupling of molecular excitons and optical anapoles in silicon nanosphere-J-aggregate heterostructures under vector beam illumination. Applied Optics 62.20 (2023): 5487.
Coe, B., Olmos-Trigo, J., Qualls, D., Alexis, M., Szczerba, M., Abujetas, D., Biswas, M., & Manna, U. Unraveling Dipolar Regime and Kerker Conditions in Mid-Index Mesoscale Dielectric Materials. Advanced Optical Materials 2202140 (2022)
Pandey, K., Perez, M., Korveziroska, A., Manna, U., & Biswas, M. Fabrication of TiO2 nanodot films using simple solution dipping method and block copolymer template. Journal of Applied Physics 131 (2022): 074901.
Manna, U., Sugimoto, H., Eggena, D., Coe, B., & Fujii, M. Selective Excitation and Enhancement of Multipolar Resonances in Dielectric Nanosphere Using Cylindrical Vector Beams. No. Journal of Applied Physics 127 (2020): 033101.
Parker, J., Sugimoto, H., Coe, B., Eggena, D., Fujii, M., Scherer, N., Gray, S., & Manna, U. Excitation of Electrodynamic Anapole Modes in Dielectric Nanospheres. Physical Review Letters 124 (2020): 097402.


Kerker Conditions in Mid-index Mesoscale Dielectric Materials. European Material Research Society Spring Meeting. (2023)
Nanopatterning using Sequential Infiltration Synthesis. ISU University Research Symposium. Illinois State University. (2023)
Optical trapping with magnetic fields of light. SPIE Optics & Photonics 2023. (2023)
Sequential Infiltration Synthesis of Silicon Dioxide for Nanopatterning – In Situ FTIR study. APS March Meeting 2023. (2023)
Nanophotonics Research Involving Undergraduates at Illinois State University. APS March Meeting 2022. (2022)
Resonant Coupling of Nonradiating Anapole States to Quantum Emitters. APS March Meeting 2022. (2022)
Silicon Nanoparticles for Optical Tweezing. ISU University Research Symposium. (2022)
Synthesis of Colloidal Silicon Nanosphere Involving Undergraduate Students at Illinois State University. APS March Meeting 2022. (2022)
Excitation of Dark Mode in High-Index Silicon Oligomer Nanostructures using Cylindrical Vector Beams. ISU Research Symposium. (2021)
Excitation of dark mode in high-index dielectric oligomer nanostructures. APS March Meeting 2021. (2021)

Grants & Contracts

RUI: Unraveling Novel Nanophotonic Effects in Mid-Index Micro-Sized Dielectric Materials. National Science Foundation. Federal. (2022)
MRI: Acquisition of a Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope to Advance Multidisciplinary Research and Education. National Science Foundation. Federal. (2021)
Optical Excitation of Nonradiating Nanosphere for Lossless Device. National Science Foundation. Federal. (2018)