Ali Adibi named editor of SPIE’s Journal of Nanophotonics

Georgia Tech professor, researcher looks to expand coverage of SPIE journal

23 January 2014
Ali Adibi
Ali Adibi

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- Ali Adibi, Joseph M. Pettit Professor of electronics, photonics, and bioengineering in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, has been named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Nanophotonics (JNP), effective this month. The journal is published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

JNP focuses on the fabrication and application of nanostructures that facilitate the generation, propagation, manipulation, and detection of light from the infrared to ultraviolet regimes. The scope includes theory, modeling and simulation, experimentation, instrumentation, and application.

"We are very pleased to have Ali Adibi on board to provide editorial leadership and vision for this important SPIE journal," said SPIE Publications Committee Chair John Greivenkamp, a professor at the College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona. "Dr. Adibi is an internationally recognized expert in nanotechnology who brings a wealth of knowledge, insight, and enthusiasm that will be a great benefit to the journal and the entire technical community."

Adibi succeeds founding editor-in-chief Akhlesh Lakhtakia of Pennsylvania State University, who served from 2007 through 2013.

"As the Journal of Nanophotonics enters its eighth year of publication, it is firmly entrenched as the premier journal in nanophotonics," Lakhtakia said. The journal was the first to be positioned at the intersection of nanotechnology and optics and photonics, and its scope includes noteworthy topics such as silicon nanowire films, optical manipulation of nanoparticles, and plasmon-assisted photonics, he noted.

"I am excited about this opportunity," Adibi said. "My colleagues have done a fantastic job in launching JNP and bringing it to the current state. My goal is to expand the coverage of this journal and add more frequent focused issues to cover state-of-the-art research. I will seek feedback and advice from my colleagues and experts in the field to form a comprehensive plan that positions JNP among the top journals in the field."

Adibi is a world leader in the field of integrated nanophotonics and has extensive experience in design, optimization, simulation, and fabrication of integrated photonic structures for optical sensing, optical communications, and optical signal processing. His group has demonstrated multiple photonic structures, especially resonators and spectrometers, with world-record performance.

A Fellow of SPIE, Adibi is the Nanotechnology track chair in the Optoelectronics (OPTO) symposium and chairs the conference on Photonic Crystal Materials and Devices at SPIE Photonics West.

Adibi received his PhD in electrical engineering from California Institute of Technology, MS in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and BS in electrical engineering from Shiraz University. His PhD research resulted in a breakthrough in persistent holographic storage in photorefractive crystals.

Among his many prestigious awards are the SPIE Technology Achievement Award, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and the Packard Fellowship from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. He has more than 120 journal and 350 conference publications.

The Journal of Nanophotonics is published online in the SPIE Digital Library. For more information, see or access JNP in the SPIE Digital Library.

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves approximately 256,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent. SPIE provided $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2013.


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