Alexei A. Maradudin

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Research Professor, Physics & Astronomy
School of Physical Sciences
PH.D., University of Bristol, 1957
Phone: (949) 824-5943, 6911
Fax: (949) 824-2174
University of California, Irvine
210D Rowland Hall
Mail Code: 4575
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Calculations of photonic band structures, optical interactions at nonideal surfaces, and studies of linear and nonlinear surface excitations.
Research Abstract
I earned my B.S. degree from Stanford University in 1953 and my Ph.D. from the University of Bristol (England) in 1957. After four years at the University of Maryland, College Park, as a postdoctoral fellow and assistant research professor, and five years at the Westinghouse Research Laboratories, I joined the UCI Physics Department in 1965.

A large part of the research activity in my group is devoted to the theoretical study of surface phenomena.

A primary area of interest is the scattering of electromagnetic waves from randomly rough surfaces. Of particular interest are effects due to the coherent interference of each multiply-scattered optical path and its reciprocal partner. These include enhanced backscattering, enhanced transmission, satellite peaks, new angular intensity correlation functions, and changes in the spectrum of polychromatic light due to rough surface scattering. Most of the existing calculations of these effects by computer simulations have been carried out for one-dimensional random surfaces. Efforts are currently underway to extend such calculations to two-dimensional surfaces. Another aspect of rough surface scattering that is being actively pursued is the design of one- and two-dimensional randomly rough surfaces that scatter or transmit light with a specified angular or spatial dependence of the intensity of the scattered or transmitted light, or that produce scattered or transmitted light with specified coherence properties.

As a teacher, I believe that my role is not only to transmit information to my students but also to teach them how to think, and to reason. The latter is more difficult, both for the teacher and for the student, than the former, but ultimately more rewarding, since the knowledge a student receives will change with time, particularly in a rapidly evolving field such a physics, but the ability to reason transcends such changes.
Representative Publications

1. A. A. Maradudin, E.R. Méndez, and T.A. Leskova, Designer Surfaces (Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2008).

2. A. Wang, T.A. Leskova, A.A. Maradudin, and Z.-H. Gu, “Reconstruction of a 1-D surface from inverse transmission,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 1722-1727 (2008).

3. B. Baumeier, T.A. Leskova, and A.A. Maradudin, “Cloaking from surface plasmon polaritons by a circular array of point scatterers,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 246803 (1-4)(2009).

4. I. Simonsen, A.A. Maradudin, and T.A. Leskova, “Scattering of electromagnetic waves from two-dimensional randomly rough perfectly conducting surfaces: The full angular intensity distribution,” Phys. Rev. A 91, 013806(1-13)(2010).

5. I. Simonsen, A.A. Maradudin, and T.A. Leskova, “Scattering of electromagnetic waves from two-dimensional randomly rough penetrable surfaces,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 223904(1-4)(2010).

6. A.A. Maradudin, T.A. Leskova, E.E. García-Guerrero, and E.R. Méndez, “The scattering of surface plasmon polaritons by nanoscale surface defects,” Fiz. Nizkh. Temperatur 36, 1022-1029 (2010).

7. A.A. Maradudin and T.A. Leskova, “Transformation of surface plasmon polaritons by surface structures,” Physica B 405, 2972-2977 (2010).

8. T.A. Leskova, P.A. Letnes, A.A. Maradudin, T. Nordam, and I. Simonsen, “The scattering of light from two-dimensional randomly rough surfaces,” Proc. SPIE 8172, 817209 (1-20) (2011).

9. T. Nordam, P.A. Letnes, I. Simonsen, and A.A. Maradudin, “Satellite peaks in the scattering of light from the two-dimensional randomly rough surface of a dielectric film on a planar metal surface,” Opt. Express 20, 11336-11350 (2012).
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