I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at Caltech, working with Harry Atwater.
The focus of my work is to understand the fundamental physics that governs the way light interacts with matter at the nano scale, and to harness it for useful applications. My interests include nanoscale energy transport, renewable energy and efficient energy harvesting, opto-mechanics and light-driven dynamics, and algorithmic design and large-scale optimization of nano-architected materials.
Prior to coming to Caltech, I received my PhD from MIT, working with Marin Soljačić and John Joannopoulos, among others.
Pronunciation: "ogg-nyen ill-ich"
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D. in Physics
Adviser: Marin Soljačić
B.A. in Physics and Mathematics
(magna cum laude with highest honors in Physics and Mathematics)
Ognjen Ilic, Cora Went, and Harry A. Atwater
"Nanophotonic heterostructures for efficient propulsion and radiative cooling of relativistic light sails" (more info)
Nano Letters, 18(9), p.5583 (2018).
Harry Atwater, Artur Davoyan, Ognjen Ilic, Deep Jariwala, Michelle Sherrott, Cora Went, William Whitney, Joeson Wong
"Materials challenges for the Starshot lightsail" (more info)
Nature Materials, 17, p.861 (2018).
the Editorial and the cover of the Oct. 2018 issue; also in Scientific American, Ars Technica, Phys.Org, and elsewhere.
Ognjen Ilic, Nathan Thomas, Thomas Christensen, Michelle Sherrott, Marin Soljačić, Austin Minnich, Owen Miller, and Harry A. Atwater
"Active radiative thermal switching with graphene plasmon resonators"
ACS Nano, 12(3), p.2474 (2018).
David Needell, Ognjen Ilic, Colton Bukowsky, Zachary Nett, Lu Xu, Junwen He, Haley Bauser, Benjamin G. Lee, John F. Geisz, Ralph G. Nuzzo, A. Paul Alivisatos, and Harry A. Atwater
"Micro-optical tandem luminescent solar concentrators"
IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics 8(6), p.1560 (2018).
Duncan Wheeler, Yichen Shen, Yi Yang, Svetlana Boriskina, Yi Huang, Ognjen Ilic, Gang Chen, and Marin Soljačić
"Semi-transparent solar cell enabled by frequency selective light trapping"
Ognjen Ilic, Ido Kaminer, Bo Zhen, Owen Miller, H. Buljan, and Marin Soljačić
"Topologically enabled optical nanomotors"
Science Adv., 3(6), e1602738 (2017).
MIT News (front page Spotlight on 7/3/2017).
Owen Miller, Ognjen Ilic, Thomas Christensen, M.T.H. Reid, Harry A. Atwater, J. D. Joannopoulos, Marin Soljačić, and S.G. Johnson
"Limits to the optical response of graphene and two-dimensional materials"
Nano Letters 17(9), p.5408 (2017).
Arny Leroy, B. Bhatia, Kyle Wilke, Ognjen Ilic, M. Soljačić, and Evelyn Wang
"Combined selective emitter and filter for high performance incandescent lighting"
Applied Physics Letters 111, 094103 (2017).
Ido Kaminer, Y. Katan, Hrvoje Buljan, Y. Chen, Ognjen Ilic, Josue Lopez, L.J. Wong, J. D. Joannopoulos, and Marin Soljačić
"Efficient plasmonic emission by the quantum Čerenkov effect from hot carriers in graphene"
Nature Communications, 7, 11880 (2016).
MIT News (6/13/2016).
Ognjen Ilic, Ido Kaminer, Yoav Lahini, Hrvoje Buljan, and Marin Soljačić
"Exploiting optical asymmetry for controlled guiding of particles with light"
ACS Photonics, 3 (2), p.197 (2016).
Ognjen Ilic, Peter Bermel, Gang Chen, John D. Joannopoulos, Ivan Celanovic, and Marin Soljačić
"Tailoring high-temperature radiation and the resurrection of the incandescent source"
Nature Nanotechnology, 11, p.320 (2016). (more info, materials)
MIT News (front page Spotlight on 1/12/2016), The Economist, Science/AAAS, Science Friday (radio), BBC News, NBC News, Physics Today, Optics & Photonics News, Smithsonian, Popular Mechanics, and elsewhere.
- L.J. Wong, Ido Kaminer, Ognjen Ilic, J. D. Joannopoulos, and Marin Soljačić
"Towards graphene plasmon-based free-electron IR to X-ray sources"
Nature Photonics, 10, p.46 (2016).
MIT News (front page Spotlight on 11/25/2015),
Nature Photonics News & Views.
Ognjen Ilic and Marin Soljačić
"Thermal Emission: Ultrafast dynamic control"
Nature Materials, 13, p.920 (2014).
Ognjen Ilic, Marinko Jablan, John D. Joannopoulos, Ivan Celanovic, Hrvoje Buljan, and Marin Soljačić
"Near-field thermal radiation transfer controlled by plasmons in graphene"
Physical Review B, 85, 155422 (2012).
Ognjen Ilic, Marinko Jablan, John D. Joannopoulos, Ivan Celanovic, and Marin Soljačić
"Overcoming the black body limit in plasmonic and graphene near-field thermophotovoltaic systems"
Optics Express, 20, A366-A384 (2012).
Alejandro Rodriguez, Ognjen Ilic, Peter Bermel, Ivan Celanovic, John D. Joannopoulos, Marin Soljačić, and Steven G. Johnson
"Frequency-selective near-field radiative heat transfer between photonic-crystal slabs: a computational approach for arbitrary geometries and materials"
Physical Review Letters, 107, 114302 (2011).