Associate Professor Stefano Palomba

Associate Professor
Director of the Nanophotonics and Plasmonics Advancement Lab (NPAL)
Deputy Director of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science
Domain Leader in Nanophotonics at The University of Sydney Nano Institute

Member of The University of Sydney Nano Institute

A28 - Physics Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 5304
Fax +61 2 9351 7726

Biographical details

A/Prof Stefano Palomba is an Experimental Physicist in Nanophotonic and Nanoplasmonic technologies, aimed to design and develop the next generation of integrated optical devices. He is a Senior Lecturer in Experimental Nanophotonics and he is establishing a world class Nanophotonic and Nanoplasmonic experimental facility at the School of Physics. The facility is equipped with a state-of-the-art femtosecond-OPO laser system for visible and infrared investigations along with a Near Field Scanning Optical Microscope for Nano-Optic research and a wide range of other vital equipment necessary to achieve breakthroughs in Nanophotonics.

He completed his Laurea degree as Optoelectronic Engineer at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy - 2002) and a Nanotechnology specialization course at the Universita' degli Studi (Italy - 2003). He earned a PhD degree in Nanoscale Physics from the Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory at the University of Birmingham (UK - 2007). In the years 2007-2009 he worked as Postdoctoral Fellow in Professor Lukas Novotny’s Nano-Optics group at the Institute of Optics, the University of Rochester (NY, USA). From 2009 to 2011, he worked as Research Fellow in Professor Xiang Zhang's group at the University of California, Berkeley (USA).
In the years 2011-2013,heworkedas ResearchScientistatKLA-TencorCorporation,Milpitas (California, USA), in the Technology Group, Wafer Inspection Division. In 2013 he was appointed as Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney.

Stefano’s expertise in Nanophotonics, Plasmonics, Linear and Nonlinear Optics, Condensed Matter Physics, Metamaterials and Biophysics has led to various high impact publications and Technical Presentations at internationally recognised meetings.

Teaching and supervision

  • Coordinator of the Advanced Optical Physics unit - lecturer of the Laser Physics module
  • Academic leader for the new Nanosience and Nanotechnology Program
  • NANO2002 - Introduction to Nanoscience (under approval for 2019)

Current research students

Project title Research student
Measurement of spontaneous parametric downconversion in atomically thick semiconductors Loris MARINI

Current projects

  • Hybrid-Plasmonic waveguide for nonlinear optical and quantum photonics devices (Nonlinear Plasmonics)
  • Plasmonic nanolasers (Plasmonics)
  • 2D materials as single photon source (Quantum Nanophotopnics)
  • Fano resonant semiconductor nanoresonator for SPDC phton-pair generation (Quantum Nanophotopnics)
  • Graphene nanoribbons (Bionanophotonics and Nonlinear Nanophotonics)
  • Hybrid-Plasmonic Nanofocusing device for developing the 4th generation DNA sequencers (Bionanophtonics)
  • Probing quantum optical properties of clorophil f (Bionanophtonics)
  • Silk based Plasmonic Biosensors (Bionanophtonics)
  • Nuromorphic Photonics (Nanophotonics)
  • Plasmonic phase modulator (Plasmonics)
  • Plasmonic-Phononic waveguide (Hybrid Nanophotonics)

Selected grants

2018

  • National Facility for Nanoscale Characterisation of Luminescent Materials; Phillips M, Palomba S, Kuhlmey B; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).
  • NEASNOM MICROSCOPE; Palomba S, Chen M, Kassal I, Leong P; University of Sydney/Equipment Grant.

2017

  • A multiple ion beam facility for Microscopy and Nanofabrication; Palomba S, Ringer S, Cairney J, Shadrivov I, Toth M, Simpson S, Phillips M, Bagnall D, Bradby J, Chen V, James D, Wallace G; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).

2016

  • Advanced Microfluidics for Live Cell Imaging; James D, Palomba S, Neely G; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Equipment Grants.
  • Ultra-Narrow Linewidth Tuneable Laser; Palomba S, Neto C, Leon-Saval S; DVC Research/Equipment Grant.

2015

  • Hybrid plasmonic waveguide for integrated photonic signal processing; Palomba S, de Sterke C, Novotny L, Zhang X; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
  • Inductively-coupled plasma etcher; Eggleton B, Reilly D, de Sterke C, Fleming S, Palomba S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).
  • Collaborative facility for high resolution spectropscopy of thin films and devices; Bilek M, Lay P, Palomba S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Li, G., de Sterke, C., Palomba, S. (2018). Fundamental Limitations to the Ultimate Kerr Nonlinear Performance of Plasmonic Waveguides. ACS Photonics, 5(3), 1034-1040. [More Information]
  • Marini, L., Camphausen, R., Eggleton, B., Palomba, S. (2017). Deterministic filtering of breakdown flashing at telecom wavelengths. Applied Physics Letters, 111(21), 213501-1-213501-5. [More Information]
  • Elman, S., Kuhlmey, B., Palomba, S. (2017). Fano enhancement in hybrid plasmonic nanoresonator. Optics Express, 25(17), 20034-20044. [More Information]
  • Li, G., de Sterke, C., Palomba, S. (2017). General analytic expression and numerical approach for the Kerr nonlinear coefficient of optical waveguides. Optics Letters, 42(7), 1329-1332. [More Information]
  • Moaied, M., Palomba, S., Ostrikov, K. (2017). Quantum plasmonics: Longitudinal quantum plasmons in copper, gold, and silver. Journal of Optics, 19(10), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Duffin, T., Nielsen, M., Diaz, F., Palomba, S., Maier, S., Oulton, R. (2016). Degenerate four-wave mixing in silicon hybrid plasmonic waveguides. Optics Letters, 41(1), 155-158. [More Information]
  • Li, G., de Sterke, C., Palomba, S. (2016). Figure of merit for Kerr nonlinear plasmonic waveguides. Laser and Photonics Reviews, 10(4), 639-646. [More Information]
  • Diaz, F., Li, G., de Sterke, C., Kuhlmey, B., Palomba, S. (2016). Kerr effect in hybrid plasmonic waveguides. Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics, 33(5), 957-962. [More Information]
  • Xia, C., Zheng, C., Fuhrer, M., Palomba, S. (2016). Nonlinear optical frequency mixing response of single and multilayer graphene. Optics Letters, 41(6), 1122-1125. [More Information]
  • Diaz, F., Hatakeyama, T., Rho, J., Wang, Y., O'Brien, K., Zhang, X., de Sterke, C., Kuhlmey, B., Palomba, S. (2016). Sensitive method for measuring third order nonlinearities in compact dielectric and hybrid plasmonic waveguides. Optics Express, 24(1), 545-554. [More Information]
  • Singh, N., Hudson, D., Yu, Y., Grillet, C., Jackson, S., Casas Bedoya, A., Read, A., Atanackovic, P., Duvall, S., Palomba, S., Eggleton, B., et al (2015). Midinfrared supercontinuum generation from 2 to 6 micrometers in a silicon nanowire. Optica, 2(9), 797-802. [More Information]
  • Duncan, C., Perrett, L., Palomba, S., Lapine, M., Kuhlmey, B., de Sterke, C. (2015). New avenues for phase matching in nonlinear hyperbolic metamaterials. Scientific Reports, 5, 1-6. [More Information]
  • Liu, Y., Palomba, S., Park, Y., Zentgraf, T., Yin, X., Zhang, X. (2012). Compact Magnetic Antennas for Directional Excitation of Surface Plasmons. Nano Letters, 12(9), 4853-4858. [More Information]
  • Palomba, S., Zhang, S., Park, Y., Bartal, G., Yin, X., Zhang, X. (2012). Optical negative refraction by four-wave mixing in thin metallic nanostructures. Nature Materials, 11(1), 34-38. [More Information]
  • Palomba, S., Harutyunyan, H., Renger, J., Quidant, R., van Hulst, N., Novotny, L. (2011). Nonlinear plasmonics at planar metal surfaces. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 369(1950), 3497-3509. [More Information]
  • Harutyunyan, H., Palomba, S., Renger, J., Quidant, R., Novotny, L. (2010). Nonlinear Dark-Field Microscopy. Nano Letters, 10(12), 5076-5079. [More Information]
  • Mitra, A., Harutyunyan, H., Palomba, S., Novotny, L., Novotny, L. (2010). Tuning the cavity modes of a Fabry-Perot resonator using gold nanoparticles. Optics Letters, 35(7), 953-955. [More Information]
  • Renger, J., Quidant, R., van Hulst, N., Palomba, S., Novotny, L. (2009). Free-Space Excitation of Propagating Surface Plasmon Polaritons by Nonlinear Four-Wave Mixing. Physical Review Letters, 103(26), 1-4. [More Information]
  • Palomba, S., Novotny, L. (2009). Near-field imaging with a localized nonlinear light source. Nano Letters, 9(11), 3801-3804. [More Information]
  • Palomba, S., Danckwerts, M., Novotny, L. (2009). Nonlinear plasmonics with gold nanoparticle antennas. Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics, 11(11), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Palomba, S., Novotny, L., Palmer, R. (2008). Blue-shifted plasmon resonance of individual size-selected gold nanoparticles. Optics Communications, 281(3), 480-483. [More Information]
  • Palomba, S., Novotny, L. (2008). Nonlinear excitation of surface plasmon polaritons by four-wave mixing. Physical Review Letters, 101(5), 056802-1-056802-4. [More Information]
  • Palomba, S., Palmer, R. (2008). Optical coupling of core-shell quantum dots to size-selected gold clusters. Journal of Applied Physics, 104(9), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Li, Z., Young, N., Di Vece, M., Palomba, S., Palmer, R., Bleloch, A., Curley, B., Johnston, R., Jiang, J., Yuan, J. (2008). Three-dimensional atomic-scale structure of size-selected gold nanoclusters. Nature, 451(7174), 46-48. [More Information]
  • Young, N., Li, Z., Chen, Y., Palomba, S., Di Vece, M., Palmer, R. (2008). Weighing Supported Nanoparticles: Size-Selected Clusters as Mass Standards in Nanometrology. Physical Review Letters, 101(24), 1-4. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Li, G., de Sterke, C., Palomba, S. (2017). Broadband slow-light enhancement of nonlinear effects with plasmonic structures. 2017 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Pacific Rim (CLEO-PR), OECC & PGC 2017, Singapore: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). [More Information]
  • de Sterke, C., Li, G., Palomba, S. (2017). Relative performance of one-dimensional nonlinear plasmonic structures. 2017 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) CLEO: Science and Innovations, CLEO_SI 2017, Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). [More Information]
  • Luther-Davies, B., Yu, Y., Singh, N., Sinobad, M., Carletti, L., Ma, P., Madden, S., Choi, D., Gai, X., Wang, R., Hudson, D., Jackson, S., Palomba, S., Eggleton, B., et al (2017). Waveguides for nonlinear optics in the mid-infrared. Advanced Photonics 2017: Integrated Photonics Research, Silicon and Nanophotonics, Washington D.C: Optical Society of America. [More Information]
  • Marini, L., Camphausen, R., Xiong, C., Eggleton, B., Palomba, S. (2016). Breakdown flash at telecom wavelengths in direct bandgap single-photon avalanche photodiodes. Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (ACOFT 2016), Washington, D.C.: OSA (Optical Society America). [More Information]
  • Li, G., de Sterke, C., Palomba, S. (2016). Kerr nonlinear characteristics of plasmonic waveguide devices. 16th International Conference on Numerical Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices (NUSOD 2016), Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). [More Information]
  • Li, G., de Sterke, C., Palomba, S. (2016). Performance Comparison of Kerr Nonlinear Plasmonic Waveguide Configurations. Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (ACOFT 2016), Washington, D.C.: OSA (Optical Society America). [More Information]
  • Moaied, M., Silveirinha, M., Palomba, S., Ostrikov, K. (2016). Quantum plasmon resonance in small metallic nanoparticles. 21st International Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics (OMN 2016), Singapore: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). [More Information]
  • de Sterke, C., Duncan, C., Perret, L., Palomba, S., Lapine, M., Kuhlmey, B. (2015). Phase matching in layered hyperbolic metamaterials. 2015 European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics - European Quantum Electronics Conference, Washington, D.C: Optical Society of America.
  • Hudson, D., Singh, N., Yu, Y., Grillet, C., Jackson, S., Casas Bedoya, A., Read, A., Atanackovic, P., Duvall, S., Palomba, S., Eggleton, B., et al (2014). Octave spanning mid-IR supercontinuum generation in a silicon-on-sapphire waveguide. Optical Sensors 2014, Bellingham: Optical Society of America. [More Information]
  • Hudson, D., Singh, N., Yu, Y., Grillet, C., Jackson, S., Casas Bedoya, A., Read, A., Atanackovic, P., Duvall, S., Palomba, S., Eggleton, B., et al (2014). Octave spanning mid-IR supercontinuum generation in a silicon-on-sapphire waveguide. Nonlinear Photonics, NP 2014, Barcelona, Spain: The Optical Society.
  • Novotny, L., Palomba, S. (2008). Nonlinear Excitation of Surface Plasmons. Frontiers in Optics 2008 / Laser Science XXIV Conference FiO/LS 2008, United States: Optical Society of America.
  • Li, Z., Young, N., Di Vece, M., Palomba, S., Bleloch, A., Curley, B., Johnston, R., Jiang, J., Yuan, J., Palmer, R. (2008). Three-dimensional atomic-scale structure of size-selected gold nanoclusters. 14th European Microscopy Congress EMC 2008, Germany: Springer.

2018

  • Li, G., de Sterke, C., Palomba, S. (2018). Fundamental Limitations to the Ultimate Kerr Nonlinear Performance of Plasmonic Waveguides. ACS Photonics, 5(3), 1034-1040. [More Information]

2017

  • Li, G., de Sterke, C., Palomba, S. (2017). Broadband slow-light enhancement of nonlinear effects with plasmonic structures. 2017 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Pacific Rim (CLEO-PR), OECC & PGC 2017, Singapore: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). [More Information]
  • Marini, L., Camphausen, R., Eggleton, B., Palomba, S. (2017). Deterministic filtering of breakdown flashing at telecom wavelengths. Applied Physics Letters, 111(21), 213501-1-213501-5. [More Information]
  • Elman, S., Kuhlmey, B., Palomba, S. (2017). Fano enhancement in hybrid plasmonic nanoresonator. Optics Express, 25(17), 20034-20044. [More Information]
  • Li, G., de Sterke, C., Palomba, S. (2017). General analytic expression and numerical approach for the Kerr nonlinear coefficient of optical waveguides. Optics Letters, 42(7), 1329-1332. [More Information]
  • Moaied, M., Palomba, S., Ostrikov, K. (2017). Quantum plasmonics: Longitudinal quantum plasmons in copper, gold, and silver. Journal of Optics, 19(10), 1-7. [More Information]
  • de Sterke, C., Li, G., Palomba, S. (2017). Relative performance of one-dimensional nonlinear plasmonic structures. 2017 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) CLEO: Science and Innovations, CLEO_SI 2017, Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). [More Information]
  • Luther-Davies, B., Yu, Y., Singh, N., Sinobad, M., Carletti, L., Ma, P., Madden, S., Choi, D., Gai, X., Wang, R., Hudson, D., Jackson, S., Palomba, S., Eggleton, B., et al (2017). Waveguides for nonlinear optics in the mid-infrared. Advanced Photonics 2017: Integrated Photonics Research, Silicon and Nanophotonics, Washington D.C: Optical Society of America. [More Information]

2016

  • Marini, L., Camphausen, R., Xiong, C., Eggleton, B., Palomba, S. (2016). Breakdown flash at telecom wavelengths in direct bandgap single-photon avalanche photodiodes. Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (ACOFT 2016), Washington, D.C.: OSA (Optical Society America). [More Information]
  • Duffin, T., Nielsen, M., Diaz, F., Palomba, S., Maier, S., Oulton, R. (2016). Degenerate four-wave mixing in silicon hybrid plasmonic waveguides. Optics Letters, 41(1), 155-158. [More Information]
  • Li, G., de Sterke, C., Palomba, S. (2016). Figure of merit for Kerr nonlinear plasmonic waveguides. Laser and Photonics Reviews, 10(4), 639-646. [More Information]
  • Diaz, F., Li, G., de Sterke, C., Kuhlmey, B., Palomba, S. (2016). Kerr effect in hybrid plasmonic waveguides. Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics, 33(5), 957-962. [More Information]
  • Li, G., de Sterke, C., Palomba, S. (2016). Kerr nonlinear characteristics of plasmonic waveguide devices. 16th International Conference on Numerical Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices (NUSOD 2016), Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). [More Information]
  • Xia, C., Zheng, C., Fuhrer, M., Palomba, S. (2016). Nonlinear optical frequency mixing response of single and multilayer graphene. Optics Letters, 41(6), 1122-1125. [More Information]
  • Li, G., de Sterke, C., Palomba, S. (2016). Performance Comparison of Kerr Nonlinear Plasmonic Waveguide Configurations. Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (ACOFT 2016), Washington, D.C.: OSA (Optical Society America). [More Information]
  • Moaied, M., Silveirinha, M., Palomba, S., Ostrikov, K. (2016). Quantum plasmon resonance in small metallic nanoparticles. 21st International Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics (OMN 2016), Singapore: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). [More Information]
  • Diaz, F., Hatakeyama, T., Rho, J., Wang, Y., O'Brien, K., Zhang, X., de Sterke, C., Kuhlmey, B., Palomba, S. (2016). Sensitive method for measuring third order nonlinearities in compact dielectric and hybrid plasmonic waveguides. Optics Express, 24(1), 545-554. [More Information]

2015

  • Singh, N., Hudson, D., Yu, Y., Grillet, C., Jackson, S., Casas Bedoya, A., Read, A., Atanackovic, P., Duvall, S., Palomba, S., Eggleton, B., et al (2015). Midinfrared supercontinuum generation from 2 to 6 micrometers in a silicon nanowire. Optica, 2(9), 797-802. [More Information]
  • Duncan, C., Perrett, L., Palomba, S., Lapine, M., Kuhlmey, B., de Sterke, C. (2015). New avenues for phase matching in nonlinear hyperbolic metamaterials. Scientific Reports, 5, 1-6. [More Information]
  • de Sterke, C., Duncan, C., Perret, L., Palomba, S., Lapine, M., Kuhlmey, B. (2015). Phase matching in layered hyperbolic metamaterials. 2015 European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics - European Quantum Electronics Conference, Washington, D.C: Optical Society of America.

2014

  • Hudson, D., Singh, N., Yu, Y., Grillet, C., Jackson, S., Casas Bedoya, A., Read, A., Atanackovic, P., Duvall, S., Palomba, S., Eggleton, B., et al (2014). Octave spanning mid-IR supercontinuum generation in a silicon-on-sapphire waveguide. Optical Sensors 2014, Bellingham: Optical Society of America. [More Information]
  • Hudson, D., Singh, N., Yu, Y., Grillet, C., Jackson, S., Casas Bedoya, A., Read, A., Atanackovic, P., Duvall, S., Palomba, S., Eggleton, B., et al (2014). Octave spanning mid-IR supercontinuum generation in a silicon-on-sapphire waveguide. Nonlinear Photonics, NP 2014, Barcelona, Spain: The Optical Society.

2012

  • Liu, Y., Palomba, S., Park, Y., Zentgraf, T., Yin, X., Zhang, X. (2012). Compact Magnetic Antennas for Directional Excitation of Surface Plasmons. Nano Letters, 12(9), 4853-4858. [More Information]
  • Palomba, S., Zhang, S., Park, Y., Bartal, G., Yin, X., Zhang, X. (2012). Optical negative refraction by four-wave mixing in thin metallic nanostructures. Nature Materials, 11(1), 34-38. [More Information]

2011

  • Palomba, S., Harutyunyan, H., Renger, J., Quidant, R., van Hulst, N., Novotny, L. (2011). Nonlinear plasmonics at planar metal surfaces. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 369(1950), 3497-3509. [More Information]

2010

  • Harutyunyan, H., Palomba, S., Renger, J., Quidant, R., Novotny, L. (2010). Nonlinear Dark-Field Microscopy. Nano Letters, 10(12), 5076-5079. [More Information]
  • Mitra, A., Harutyunyan, H., Palomba, S., Novotny, L., Novotny, L. (2010). Tuning the cavity modes of a Fabry-Perot resonator using gold nanoparticles. Optics Letters, 35(7), 953-955. [More Information]

2009

  • Renger, J., Quidant, R., van Hulst, N., Palomba, S., Novotny, L. (2009). Free-Space Excitation of Propagating Surface Plasmon Polaritons by Nonlinear Four-Wave Mixing. Physical Review Letters, 103(26), 1-4. [More Information]
  • Palomba, S., Novotny, L. (2009). Near-field imaging with a localized nonlinear light source. Nano Letters, 9(11), 3801-3804. [More Information]
  • Palomba, S., Danckwerts, M., Novotny, L. (2009). Nonlinear plasmonics with gold nanoparticle antennas. Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics, 11(11), 1-6. [More Information]

2008

  • Palomba, S., Novotny, L., Palmer, R. (2008). Blue-shifted plasmon resonance of individual size-selected gold nanoparticles. Optics Communications, 281(3), 480-483. [More Information]
  • Palomba, S., Novotny, L. (2008). Nonlinear excitation of surface plasmon polaritons by four-wave mixing. Physical Review Letters, 101(5), 056802-1-056802-4. [More Information]
  • Novotny, L., Palomba, S. (2008). Nonlinear Excitation of Surface Plasmons. Frontiers in Optics 2008 / Laser Science XXIV Conference FiO/LS 2008, United States: Optical Society of America.
  • Palomba, S., Palmer, R. (2008). Optical coupling of core-shell quantum dots to size-selected gold clusters. Journal of Applied Physics, 104(9), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Li, Z., Young, N., Di Vece, M., Palomba, S., Palmer, R., Bleloch, A., Curley, B., Johnston, R., Jiang, J., Yuan, J. (2008). Three-dimensional atomic-scale structure of size-selected gold nanoclusters. Nature, 451(7174), 46-48. [More Information]
  • Li, Z., Young, N., Di Vece, M., Palomba, S., Bleloch, A., Curley, B., Johnston, R., Jiang, J., Yuan, J., Palmer, R. (2008). Three-dimensional atomic-scale structure of size-selected gold nanoclusters. 14th European Microscopy Congress EMC 2008, Germany: Springer.
  • Young, N., Li, Z., Chen, Y., Palomba, S., Di Vece, M., Palmer, R. (2008). Weighing Supported Nanoparticles: Size-Selected Clusters as Mass Standards in Nanometrology. Physical Review Letters, 101(24), 1-4. [More Information]

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