Mikael C. Rechtsman
mcr@technion.ac.il
Postdoctoral fellow

Assistant Professor (starting summer 2015)
The Pennsylvania State University




Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Physics Department
Haifa, Israel 32000
+972 50 597 5787

Education

Princeton University, Ph.D. (2003-2008)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, S.B. (2000-2003)

Publications

29. Disorder-induced Floquet topological insulators, P Titum, N Lindner, MC Rechtsman, G Refael, arXiv:1403.0592Phys. Rev. Lett., in press (2014). 

28. Self-Accelerating Dirac Particles and Prolonging the Lifetime of Relativistic Fermions, I Kaminer, J Nemirovsky, MC Rechtsman, R Bekenstein, M Segev, Nature Physics, in press (2014).

27. Probing topological invariants in the bulk of a non-Hermitian optical system, JM Zeuner, MC Rechtsman, Y Plotnik, Y Lumer, MS Rudner, M Segev, A Szameit, arXiv:1408.2191 (2014).

26. Enhancement of the ensemble-averaged coupling between defects in random environments, M Heinrich, MC Rechtsman, F Dreisow, S Nolte, M Segev, and A Szameit, Opt. Lett. 39, 12, 3599-3602 (2014).

25. Experimental observation of bulk and edge transport in photonic Lieb lattices, D Guzman-Silva, C Mejia-Cortes, MA Bandres, MC Rechtsman, S Weimann, S Nolte, M Segev, A Szameit, RA Vicencio, New J. Phys. 16, 063061 (2014).

24. Edge states in disordered photonic graphene, J Zeuner, MC Rechtsman, A Szameit, Opt. Lett. 39, 602-605 (2014).

23. Observation of novel edge states in photonic graphene, Y Plotnik*, MC Rechtsman*, D Song*, JM Zeuner, A Szameit, M Segev, Z Chen Nature Materials 13, 5762 (2014).

22. Nonlinearly-induced PT transition in photonic systemsY Lumer, Y Plotnik, MC Rechtsman and M Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 263901 (2013).

21. Self-localized states in photonic topological insulators, Y Lumer, Y Plotnik, MC Rechtsman and M Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 243905 (2013).

20. Photonic Floquet Topological Insulators, MC Rechtsman*, JM Zeuner*, Y Plotnik*, Y Lumer, D Podolsky, S Nolte, F Dreisow, M Segev, A Szameit, Nature 
496,
196–200 (2013).


19. Topological creation and destruction of edge states in photonic graphene, MC Rechtsman, Y Plotnik, JM Zeuner, D Song, Z Chen, A Szameit, M Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 103901 (2013).

18. Strain-induced pseudomagnetic field and Landau levels in photonic structures, MC Rechtsman*, JM Zeuner*, M Heinrich, A Tunnermann, M Segev, A Szameit, Nature Photonics 7, 153-158 (2013).
    - See interview by Rachel Won in Nature Photonics: "Can strain magnetize light?"
    - See News and Views article in Nature Photonics by Thomas Lepetit: "Magnetic appeal in a strained lattice"

17. Wave dynamics and nonlinear photonics in amorphous photonic lattices, book chapter in "Nonlinear Photonics and Novel Optical Phenomena" MC Rechtsman, A Szameit, M Segev; Z Chen and R Morandotti, eds., Springer: New York (2013).

16. Negative radiation pressure and negative effective refractive index via dielectric birefringenceJ Nemirovsky, MC Rechtsman, M Segev, Optics Express 20, 8, 8907-8914 (2012).
    - Featured in Nature Photonics' Research highlights section
    - Featured in Scientific American
    - Featured in Wired

15. Negative coupling between defects in waveguide arraysJM Zeuner, MC Rechtsman, R. Keil, F Dreisow, A Tünnermann, S Nolte, A Szameit, Opt. Lett. 37, 533-535 (2012).

14. Negative Goos-Hanchen shift in periodic media, MC Rechtsman, YV Kartashov, F Setzpfandt, H Trompeter, L Torner, T Pertsch, U Peschel, A Szameit, Negative Goos-Hanchen shift in Periodic Media, Opt. Lett. 36, 22, 4446-4448 (2011).

13. Disorder-enhanced transport in photonic quasicrystals, L Levi*, MC Rechtsman*, T Schwartz, O Manela, B Freedman, M Segev, Science, 332, 1541 (2011) [*equal contribution]

    - See Nature Photonics News and Views article (by Z. V. Vardeny and A. Vahata) on this article.

    - Selected to be featured in Optics and Photonics news' "Optics in 2011" issue (forthcoming).

    

12. Amorphous photonic lattices: band gaps, effective mass, and suppressed transport, MC Rechtsman, A Szameit, Felix Dreisow, Matthias Heinrich, Robert Keil, Stefan Nolte, M Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 193904 (2011)


11. PT-symmetry in honeycomb photonic lattices, A Szameit, MC Rechtsman, O Bahat-Treidel, M Segev, Phys. Rev. A (Rapid Comm) 84, 021806(R) (2011).

10. Method for obtaining upper bounds on photonic band gaps, MC Rechtsman, S Torquato, Phys. Rev. B 80, 155126 (2009).


9. Negative Poisson's Ratio Materials via Isotropic Interactions, MC Rechtsman, FH Stillinger, S Torquato, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 085501 (2008)


8. Optimized Structures for Photonic Quasicrystals, MC Rechtsman, HC Jeong, S Torquato, P Chaikin, PJ Steinhardt, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 073902 (2008)


7. Effective dielectric tensor for electromagnetic wave propagation in random media, MC Rechtsman, S Torquato, J. Appl. Phys. 103, 084901 (2008)


6. Negative thermal expansion behavior in isotropic systems, MC Rechtsman, FH Stillinger, S Torquato, J. Phys. Chem. A 111, 12816-12821 (2007)


5. Global phase diagram for the honeycomb potential, AP Hynninen, AZ Panagiotopoulos, MC Rechtsman, FH Stillinger, S Torquato, J. Chem. Phys. 125, 024505 (2006)


4. Synthetic diamond and wurtzite structures self-assemble with isotropic pair interactions, MC Rechtsman, FH Stillinger, S Torquato, Phys. Rev. E 75, 031403 (2007)


3. Self-assembly of the simple cubic lattice with an isotropic potential, MC Rechtsman, FH Stillinger, S Torquato, Phys. Rev. E 74, 021404 (2006)


2. Designed interaction potentials via inverse methods for self-assembly, MC Rechtsman, F Stillinger, S Torquato, Phys. Rev. E 73, 011406 (2006)

1. Optimized interactions for targeted self-assembly: application to a honeycomb lattice, MC Rechtsman, FH Stillinger, S Torquato, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 228301 (2005)


Talks and Seminars

Materials Research Society Meeting, San Francisco, California, April 2015 (invited talk) - Disordered photonic graphene to topological insulators.

"Topolight" Photonics Winter School, Fai Della Paganella, Italy, March 2015 (invited talk) - Photonic topological insulators in propagating geometries.

APS March meeting, San Antonio, Texas, March 2015 (invited talk) - Aspects of photonic topological insulators. 

SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, California, February 2015 (invited talk) - Photonic Topological Anderson Insulators.

University of Vienna Physics Department Colloquium, Vienna, Austria, January 2014 (invited talk) - Artificial gauge fields in optics: topological protection and pseudomagnetism.

Physics of Quantum Electronics, Snowbird, Utah, January 2015 (invited talk) - Photonic Floquet topological insulators.

University of Stuttgart Physics Department Colloquium, Stuttgart, Germany, November 2014 (invited talk) - Artificial gauge fields in optics: topological protection and pseudomagnetism.

Quantum Correlations Out of Equilibrium conference, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland, November 2014 (invited talk) - Aspects of photonic topological insulators (Hermitian to non-Hermitian).

IPS IEEE conference, La Jolla, CA, October 2014 (invited talk) - Aspects of photonic topological insulators.

National Technical University of Singapore, Physics department seminar, Singapore, July 2014.

CLEO conference 2014, San Jose, CA, June 2014 - Measuring topological invariants in optical systems from bulk quantities.

Photonics North 2014, Montreal, Canada, May 2014 (invited talk) - Aspects of photonic topological insulators.

SPIE Photonics Europe, Brussels, Belgium, April 2014 (invited talk) - Photonic topological insulators.

University of Cambridge, Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory seminar, Cambridge, UK, April 2014. 

University of Michigan, Electrical and Computer Engineering seminar, Ann Arbor, MI, April 2014.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Electrical and Computer Engineering seminar, Urbana, IL, April 2014.

Purdue University, Electrical and Computer Engineering seminar, West Lafayette, IN, April 2014.

OSA Incubator Meeting on Topological Order with Photons, Washington, DC, April 2014 (invited talk) - Aspects of photonic Floquet topological insulators

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science special seminar, Cambridge, MA, March 2014.

University of Wisconsin at Madison, Department of Physics seminar, Madison, WI, March 2014.

Georgia Institute of Technology, Department of Physics colloquium, Atlanta, GA, March 2014.

Brown University, Department of Physics colloquium, Providence, RI, February 2014.

The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Physics seminar, State College, PA, February 2014.

California Institute of Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science seminar, Pasadena, CA, February 2014.

University of Washington - Seattle, Department of Physics colloquium, Seattle, WA, February 2014.

Emory University, Department of Physics colloquium, Atlanta, GA, February 2014.

Princeton University, Electrical Engineering departmental seminar, Princeton, NJ, January 2014.

The Pennsylvania State University, condensed matter seminar series, State College, PA, September 2013 (invited talk) - Fictitious fields in photonics.

University of British Columbia, condensed matter seminar, Vancouver, BC, September 2013 - Photonic Floquet topological insulators.

SPIE Active Photonic Materials V, San Diego, CA, August 2013 (invited talk) - Photonic Floquet topological insulators.

Synthetic gauge fields with atoms and photons workshop, University of Trento BEC Center, Trento, Italy, July 2013 (invited talk) - Artificial gauge fields in photonic lattices.

CLEO conference, San Jose, CA, June 2013 - Observation of a topological transition in photonic graphene.

Division of the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics meeting of the American Physical Society (DAMOP), Quebec City, Canada, June 2013 - Photonic Floquet topological insulators.


Nonlinear Schrödinger equation: theory and applications, Heraklion, Crete, May 2013 (invited talk) - Photonic Floquet topological insulators.

Workshop on Quantum Simulations on the occasion of the awarding of the Wolf prize to Peter Zoller and Ignacio Cirac, Haifa, Israel, May 2013 (invited talk) - Photonic topological insulators.

ISF / Batsheva workshop on light-matter interaction, Ein Gedi, Israel, April 2013 (invited talk) - Photonic Floquet topological insulators.

Cornell University, Department of Applied and Engineering Physics
, departmental seminar, Ithaca, NY, March 2013 - Fictitious fields in photonics and their applications.

University of California, San Diego, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, departmental seminar, San Diego, CA, March 2013 - Fictitious fields in photonics and their applications.

Topological Phenomena in Quantum Dynamics and Disordered Systems
, Banff, Canada, February 2013 (invited talk) - Photonic Floquet topological insulators.

Crystal and Graphene Science Symposium, Boston, September 2012 (invited talk) - Optical graphene: new graphene edge states and strain-induced pseudomagnetism.

SIAM Nonlinear Waves Conference, Seattle, June 2012 (invited talk) - Pseudomagneic fields in photonic crystals and lattices.

CLEO Conference, San Jose, May 2012 (invited talk) - Strain-induced band gap and effective magnetic field in photonic crystals.

University of Crete, Department of Physics (FORTH) colloquium, Heraklion, Crete - Optical graphene: diffraction-free edge states and strain-induced photonic Landau levels.

Princeton Center for Theoretical Science, March 2012 (as part of the "Physics of aperiodic systems" series) - Disorder-enhanced transport in photonic quasicrystals and amorphous lattices.

Stony Brook University, Department of Physics, March 2012: Disorder-enhanced transport in photonic quasicrystals and amorphous photonic lattices.

Yale University, Department of Applied Physics, March 2012: Disorder-enhanced transport in photonic quasicrystals and amorphous photonic lattices.

INRS (University of Quebec) invited seminar, Varennes, Quebec, October, 2011: Disorder-enhanced transport in photonic quasicrystals and amorphous photonic lattices.

University of Toronto ECTI invited seminar and visiting fellowship, Toronto, Canada, September, 2011: Disorder-enhanced transport in photonic quasicrystals and amorphous photonic lattices.

UNC Applied Mathematics Seminar (invited), Chapel Hill, NC, September, 2011: Disorder-enhanced transport in photonic quasicrystals and amorphous photonic lattices.

Information Photonics 2011, Ottawa, May, 2011 (invited talk): Magnetic field effects and solitons in strained photonic graphene.

UBC Condensed Matter Physics seminar, Vancouver, May 2011: Disorder-enhanced transport in photonic quasicrystals and topological edge states in optical graphene.

Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics (CLEO), Baltimore, May, 2011: Magnetic field effects and solitons in strained photonic graphene.

IMACS Conference on Nonlinear Evolution Equations and Wave Phenomena, Athens, GA, April, 2011: Disorder-enhanced transport in photonic quasicrystals: Anderson localization and delocalization.

SIAM Conference on Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures, Philadelphia, August, 2010: Disorder-enhanced transport in photonic quasicrystals.

Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics (CLEO), San Jose, May, 2010 (invited talk): Bandgaps in amorphous photonic lattices.

Dartmouth University Applied Math Seminar, November, 2009: Upper bounds on photonic bandgaps.

MIT special condensed matter seminar, November, 2009: Upper bounds on photonic bandgaps.

ETOPIM conference talk, Crete, June 2009: Upper bounds on photonic bandgaps.

Applied mathematics colloquium, Columbia University, April 2009: Upper bounds on photonic bandgaps.

Wave propagation seminar, New Jersey Institute of Technology, April 2009, invited talk: Upper bounds on photonic bandgaps.

Soft matter seminar series, NYU Center for Soft Matter Research, March 2009, invited talk: Upper bounds on photonic bandgaps.

Grad student / postdoc seminar series, Courant Institute, February 2009, invited talk: Upper bounds on photonic bandgaps.

Applied math days workshop, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, November 2008, invited talk: Optimizing photonic quasicrystals.

Solid state physics seminar, Brooklyn College, November 2008, invited talk: Optimizing photonic quasicrystals.

Applied Mathematics Seminar, Courant Institute, September 2008, invited talk: A few inverse problems in statistical mechanics and photonics.

Princeton Center for Theoretical Science, June 2008, invited talk: Upper bounds on photonic bandgaps.

“Dynarum" (DARPA collaboration on robust uncertainty management) Kickoff Meeting, January, 2007, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, (invited talk): Inverse Problems and Optimization Techniques for Designed Materials.

94th Statistical Mechanics Meeting, December 2005, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ: Designed interaction potentials via inverse problems for self-assembly.

 



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