Optical Scientist, Joint Appointee
Physical and Computational Sciences Directorate
Optical Scientist, Joint Appointee
Physical and Computational Sciences Directorate


Arka Majumdar is an optical scientist and a joint appointee with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Washington (UW), where he is an associate professor in the departments of electrical and computer engineering and physics. His research group works on extremely low energy opto-electronics to find applications in computing, communication, sensing, and energy-harvesting. In his research, he builds novel nano-photonic devices, that enable an extremely strong light-matter interaction, and manipulation of light at the nano-scale.

The vision of his research group is to use fundamental physical principles to engineer novel devices with unprecedented applications in the fields of computing, communication, and sensing. He champions the need for incessant communication between the computing nodes and the need for an efficient interface between the physical and digital worlds. The nano-scale devices engineered in his lab can enable that by making short-distance optical interconnects, making efficient optical sensors, and building optical wireless systems.

His research interests include developing a hybrid nanophotonic platform using emerging material systems for optical information science, imaging, and microscopy. He is co-founder and technical advisor of Tunoptix, a startup commercializing software-defined meta-optics.

Research Interest

  • Nanophotonics
  • Meta-optics
  • Semiconductor quantum optics
  • Cavity quantum electrodynamics
  • Van der Waals Materials
  • Solution Processed Materials
  • Computational Imaging
  • Phase change materials
  • Silicon photonics
  • Condensed Matter Experiment
  • Quantum Information

Disciplines and Skills

  • Nanofabrication
  • Machine learning
  • Hybrid photonics
  • Computational electromagnetics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Integrated photonics measurement


  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2012
  • MS in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2009
  • BTech in Electronics Engineering, IIT-Kharagpur, 2007

Awards and Recognitions

  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2022)
  • Young Scientists Award Winner, iCANX (2021)
  • Senior Member, Optica (2021)
  • Young Faculty Award, DARPA (2021)
  • Young Investigator Award, Office of Naval Research (2020)
  • Outstanding Research Advisor Award, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, UW (2019)
  • Junior Faculty Award, UW College of Engineering, UW (2019)
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation (2019)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics, Sloan Foundation (2018)
  • Nominated for Packard Fellowship, UW (2017)
  • Catalyst Fellow, Amazon (2016)
  • Early Career Faculty Award, Intel (2015)
  • Young Investigator Award, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (2015)
  • Winner of Research Velocity Challenge, Intel Labs, (Quarter Two, 2014)
  • President of India Gold Medal, IIT-Kharagpur (2007)
  • Institute Silver Medal, IIT-Kharagpur (2007)
  • Stanford Graduate Fellowship (Texas Instruments Fellow), Stanford University (2007)
  • Scholarship, Jagadish Chandra Bose National Science Talent Search (2003)
  • Topper in Higher Secondary (12th grade) Examination, West Bengal (2003)
  • Swami Lokeswarananda Gold Medal for Best Student in 11th and 12th standard (2003)
  • 11th place in Secondary Examination, State of West Bengal (2001)
  • National Talent Search Examination Scholarship (2001)
  • Swami Lokeswarananda Gold Medal for Best Student in 5th - 10th standard (2001)



Book Chapters

  • Andrei Faraon, Amir Arbabi, Seyedeh Mahsa Kamali, Ehsan Arbabi, Arka Majumdar, Applications of wavefront control using nano-post based dielectric metasurfaces, In: Dielectric Metamaterials, Woodhead Publishing Series in Electronic and Optical Materials 2020.
  • Arka Majumdar, Michal Bajcsy, Kelly Rivoire, Sonia Buckley, Andrei Faraon, Erik D. Kim, Dirk Englund, Jelena Vuckovic, (2012), Quantum optics with single quantum dots in photonic crystal cavities, pp. 46-77, In: Quantum Optics with Semiconductor Nanostructures, Editor: Frank Jahnke, Woodhead Publishing Series in Electronic and Optical Materials PA, USA, 2012.
  • Andrei Faraon, Dirk Englund, Ilya Fushman, Arka Majumdar, Jelena Vuckovic, (2012), Quantum dots in photonic crystal cavities, pp. 153-168, In: Quantum Dots: Optics, Electron Transport and Future Applications, Editor: Alexander Tartakovskii, Cambridge University Press, New York, USA.

Journal Publications