Professional Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Texas Austin (2017)
  • Master of Science in Engr, University of Texas Austin (2014)
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Texas Austin (2010)

Lab Affiliations

All Publications

  • Zero-Index Bound States in the Continuum PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS Minkov, M., Williamson, I. D., Xiao, M., Fan, S. 2018; 121 (26)
  • Adjoint Method and Inverse Design for Nonlinear Nanophotonic Devices ACS PHOTONICS Hughes, T. W., Minkov, M., Williamson, I. D., Fan, S. 2018; 5 (12): 4781–87
  • Dual-Carrier Floquet Circulator with Time-Modulated Optical Resonators ACS PHOTONICS Williamson, I. D., Mousavi, S., Wang, Z. 2018; 5 (9): 3649–57
  • Large Cavity-Optomechanical Coupling with Graphene at Infrared and Terahertz Frequencies ACS PHOTONICS Williamson, I. D., Mousavi, S., Wang, Z. 2016; 3 (12): 2353–61
  • Extraordinary wavelength reduction in terahertz graphene-cladded photonic crystal slabs SCIENTIFIC REPORTS Williamson, I. D., Mousavi, S., Wang, Z. 2016; 6: 25301


    Photonic crystal slabs have been widely used in nanophotonics for light confinement, dispersion engineering, nonlinearity enhancement, and other unusual effects arising from their structural periodicity. Sub-micron device sizes and mode volumes are routine for silicon-based photonic crystal slabs, however spectrally they are limited to operate in the near infrared. Here, we show that two single-layer graphene sheets allow silicon photonic crystal slabs with submicron periodicity to operate in the terahertz regime, with an extreme 100× wavelength reduction from graphene's large kinetic inductance. The atomically thin graphene further leads to excellent out-of-plane confinement, and consequently photonic-crystal-slab band structures that closely resemble those of ideal two-dimensional photonic crystals, with broad band gaps even when the slab thickness approaches zero. The overall photonic band structure not only scales with the graphene Fermi level, but more importantly scales to lower frequencies with reduced slab thickness. Just like ideal 2D photonic crystals, graphene-cladded photonic crystal slabs confine light along line defects, forming waveguides with the propagation lengths on the order of tens of lattice constants. The proposed structure opens up the possibility to dramatically reduce the size of terahertz photonic systems by orders of magnitude.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/srep25301

    View details for Web of Science ID 000375429600002

    View details for PubMedID 27143314

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  • Kinetic inductance driven nanoscale 2D and 3D THz transmission lines SCIENTIFIC REPORTS Mousavi, S., Williamson, I. D., Wang, Z. 2016; 6: 25303


    We examine the unusual dispersion and attenuation of transverse electromagnetic waves in the few-THz regime on nanoscale graphene and copper transmission lines. Conventionally, such propagation has been considered to be highly dispersive, due to the RC time constant-driven voltage diffusion below 1 THz and plasmonic effects at higher optical frequencies. Our numerical modeling across the microwave, THz, and optical frequency ranges reveals that the conductor kinetic inductance creates an ultra-broadband linear-dispersion and constant-attenuation region in the THz regime. This so-called LC region is an ideal characteristic that is known to be absent in macro-scale transmission lines. The kinetic-LC frequency range is dictated by the structural dimensionality and the free-carrier scattering rate of the conductor material. Moreover, up to 40x wavelength reduction is observed in graphene transmission lines.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/srep25303

    View details for Web of Science ID 000375308400001

    View details for PubMedID 27137628

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  • Suppression of the skin effect in radio frequency transmission lines via gridded conductor fibers APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS Williamson, I. D., Nguyen, T. N., Wang, Z. 2016; 108 (8)

    View details for DOI 10.1063/1.4942649

    View details for Web of Science ID 000373057000053