Michael Mazilu

Michael Mazilu

Postal address :
School of Physics & Astronomy
Physical Science Building
North Haugh
St Andrews
United Kingdom

E-mail: mm17@st-andrews.ac.uk

Web address: http://www.eigenoptics.net

Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 463210

Research overview

Dr Mazilu has pioneered a novel way to describe general light-matter interactions.  This approach is best understood as a natural decomposition of the light field into independent non-interfering partial fields, which I term Optical Eigenmodes (OEi). The aim of his research is to create new theoretical tools and to deliver a profound and insightful understanding of the photonic modes within the general context of modern applied optics. The plan is to develop the OEi approach into an advanced photonic tool applicable to a range of problems in the fields of optics, imaging, optical manipulation, plasmonics, cavity opto-mechanics, quantum optics, ultra-fast photonics, and non-linear optics.

The optical eigenmode method offers a new approach to numerical computation of photonic interactions. In effect, this approach allows the description of the light field as a superposition of orthogonal solutions specifically calculated for each device and for each interaction, eg. momentum transfer, coupling or absorption. This description greatly simplifies the way we understand any given interaction. Numerically, these eigenmodes can be calculated directly, enabling a quick and insightful visualisation of all fundamental interaction between any photonic object and the electromagnetic field, without having to consider specific illumination or boundary conditions. In effect, every possible interaction is defined by its eigenmodes. The strength of the interaction is determined by the overlap with the emission eigenmodes. For example, consider the momentum eigenmodes of a prism shaped microparticle. Here, using the OEi method, we can numerically determine the beam profile delivering the best tractor beam (a beam that pulls the microparticle towards the source). The vision is to expand this approach to a larger number of cases and ultimately develop a generic numerical toolbox that can be used for photonic interaction modeling, medical spectroscopy and photonic micro-fabrication design.

Recent Publications

Making the most of interference: speckle metrology and its application to cold atoms
Bruce, G. D., Metzger, N., Spesyvtsev, R., Miller, B., Maker, G. T., Malcolm, G., Mazilu, M. & Dholakia, K. 24 Jul 2017 1 p.
Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Harnessing speckle for a sub-femtometre resolved broadband wavemeter and laser stabilization
Metzger, N. K., Spesyvtsev, R., Bruce, G. D., Miller, B., Maker, G. T., Malcolm, G., Mazilu, M. & Dholakia, K. 5 Jun 2017 In : Nature Communications. 8, 8 p., 15610
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Optical eigenmode collapse
Mazilu, M. 25 Apr 2017 1 p.
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Is it possible to create a perfect fractional vortex beam?
Tkachenko, G., Chen, M., Dholakia, K. & Mazilu, M. 20 Mar 2017 In : Optica. 4, 3, p. 330-333
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mie scattering eigenmodes for optical trapping
Mazilu, M. 20 Feb 2017
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

ForceEigenModes matlab code
Mazilu, M. 2017
Research output: Non-textual formSoftware

Code underpinning - Modal beam splitter: determination of the transversal components of an electromagnetic light field
Mazilu, M., Vettenburg, T., Ploschner, M., Wright, E. M. & Dholakia, K. 2017
Research output: Non-textual formSoftware

Rotational dynamics and heating of trapped nanovaterite particles
Arita, Y., Richards, J. M., Mazilu, M., Spalding, G. C., Skelton Spesyvtseva, S. E., Craig, D. & Dholakia, K. 27 Dec 2016 In : ACS Nano. 10, 12, p. 11505-11510 6 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Orbital-angular-momentum transfer to optically levitated microparticles in vacuum
Mazilu, M., Arita, Y., Vettenburg, T., Aunon-Garcia, J. M., Wright, E. M. & Dholakia, K. Nov 2016 In : Physical Review. A, Atomic, molecular, and optical physics. 94, 5, 5 p., 053821
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Encoding complex valued fields using intensity
De Tommasi, E., Lavanga, L., Watson, S. & Mazilu, M. 3 Oct 2016 In : Optics Express. 24, 20, p. 23186-23197
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Plugging the Gaps - Improving Our Knowledge of How Predators Impact Salmon Farms
Coram, A. J., Mazilu, M. & Northridge, S. P. May 2016 Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum. 39 p.
Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Is there an optimal basis to maximise optical information transfer?
Chen, M., Dholakia, K. & Mazilu, M. 15 Mar 2016 In : Scientific Reports. 6, 8 p., 22821
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Color encoding of phase: a new step in imaging by structured light and single pixel detection
De Tommasi, E., Lavanga, L., Watson, S. & Mazilu, M. 19 Feb 2016 2015 AEIT International Annual Conference, AEIT 2015. Naples: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 7415213
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Measuring and structuring the spatial coherence length of organic light-emitting diodes
Xie, G., Chen, M., Mazilu, M., Zhang, S., Bansal, A. K., Dholakia, K. & Samuel, I. D. W. Jan 2016 In : Laser & Photonics Reviews. 10, 1, p. 82-90
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Rotation of two trapped microparticles in vacuum: observation of optically mediated parametric resonances
Arita, Y., Mazilu, M., Vettenburg, T., Wright, E. & Dholakia, K. 15 Oct 2015 In : Optics Letters. 40, 20, p. 4751-4754 4 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Quantum conversion
Mazilu, M. 5 Aug 2015 2 p.
Research output: Working paper

The use of Wavelength Modulated Raman Spectroscopy in label-free identification of T lymphocyte subsets, Natural Killer cells and Dendritic cells
Chen, M., McReynolds, N., Campbell, E. C., Mazilu, M., Barbosa, J., Dholakia, K. & Powis, S. J. 20 May 2015 In : PLoS One. 10, 5, e0125158
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Quantitative detection of pharmaceuticals using a combination of paper microfluidics and wavelength modulated Raman spectroscopy
Craig, D., Mazilu, M. & Dholakia, K. 4 May 2015 In : PLoS One. 10, 5, 10 p., e0123334
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Development of a graded index microlens based fiber optical trap and its characterization using principal component analysis
Nylk, J., Kristensen, M. V. G., Mazilu, M., Kubasik-Thayil, A., Mitchell, C. A., Campbell, E. C., Powis, S. J., Gunn-Moore, F. J. & Dholakia, K. 1 Apr 2015 In : Biomedical Optics Express. 6, 4, p. 1512-1519
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Prospects for versatile phase manipulation in the TEM: beyond aberration correction
Guzzinati, G., Clark, L., Béché, A., Juchtmans, R., Van Boxem, R., Mazilu, M. & Verbeeck, J. Apr 2015 In : Ultramicroscopy. 151, p. 85-93 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Creating and probing of a perfect vortex in situ with an optically trapped particle
Chen, M., Mazilu, M., Arita, Y., Wright, E. M. & Dholakia, K. Feb 2015 In : Optical Review. 22, 1, p. 162-165 4 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Enhanced optical manipulation of cells using anti-reflection coated microparticles
Craig, D., McDonald, A., Mazilu, M., Rendall, H. A., Gunn-Moore, F. J. & Dholakia, K. 2015 In : ACS Photonics. 2, 10, p. 1403-1409
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Biologically enabled sub-diffractive focusing
De Tommasi, E., De Luca, A. C., Lavanga, L., Dardano, P., De Stefano, M., De Stefano, L., Langella, C., Rendina, I., Dholakia, K. & Mazilu, M. 3 Nov 2014 In : Optics Express. 22, 22, p. 27214-27227 14 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Nonredundant Raman imaging using optical eigenmodes
Kosmeier, S., Zolotovskaya, S., De Luca, A. C., Riches, A. C., Herrington, C. S., Dholakia, K. & Mazilu, M. 17 Oct 2014 In : Optica. 1, 4, p. 257-263 7 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Attenuation compensating Airy beams generated by using a digital micro-mirror device
Preciado, M. A., Dholakia, K. & Mazilu, M. 14 Oct 2014 Frontiers in Optics, FiO 2014. Optical Society of American (OSA)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Real-time optical eigenmode characterisation
Preciado, M. A., Dholakia, K. & Mazilu, M. 14 Oct 2014 Frontiers in Optics, FiO 2014. Optical Society of American (OSA)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Multi-mode fibre correction for applications in optomechanics using a digital micromirror device
Preciado, M. A., Mazilu, M. & Dholakia, K. 14 Oct 2014 Frontiers in Optics, FiO 2014. Optical Society of American (OSA)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Optical trapping with a perfect vortex beam
Chen, M., Mazilu, M., Arita, Y., Wright, E. M. & Dholakia, K. 16 Sep 2014 Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XI. Dholakia, K. & Spalding, G. C. (eds.). Bellingham: SPIE, 5 p. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 9164)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Generation of attenuation-compensating Airy beams
Preciado, M. A., Dholakia, K. & Mazilu, M. 15 Aug 2014 In : Optics Letters. 39, 16, p. 4950-4953 4 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Reproducible surface-enhanced Raman quantification of biomarkers in multicomponent mixtures
De Luca, A. C., Reader-Harris, P., Mazilu, M., Mariggio, S., Corda, D. & Di Falco, A. Mar 2014 In : ACS Nano. 8, 3, p. 2575-2583 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Density of optical degrees of freedom: intensity, linear and angular momentum
Mazilu, M. 25 Feb 2014 Complex Light and Optical Forces VIII. Andrews, D. L., Galvez, E. J. & Gluckstad, J. (eds.). Bellingham: SPIE, Vol. 8999, 6 p. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 8999)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Random super-prism wavelength meter
Mazilu, M., Vettenburg, T., Di Falco, A. & Dholakia, K. 1 Jan 2014 In : Optics Letters. 39, 1, p. 96-99 4 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Combining focusing properties of a single diatom valve with optical eigenmodes in ultra-shrinking of light
Lavanga, L., De Tommasi, E., De Luca, A. C., Dardano, P., De Stefano, M., De Stefano, L., Rendina, I., Dholakia, K. & Mazilu, M. 2014 Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. SPIE, Vol. 8999, 899916
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

SERS sensing of cancer biomarkers
De Luca, A. C., Manago, S., Mariggio, S., Corda, D., Reader-Harris, P., Mazilu, M. & Di Falco, A. 2014 2014 Fotonica AEIT Italian Conference on Photonics Technologies, Fotonica AEIT 2014. IEEE Computer Society, 6843927
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Dynamics of microparticles trapped in a perfect vortex beam
Chen, M., Mazilu, M., Arita, Y., Wright, E. M. & Dholakia, K. 2014 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe - Technical Digest. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., Vol. 2014-January, 6988550
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution