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Arka Majumdar

  • Assistant Professor


Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Assistant Professor, Physics


Professor Arka Majumdar received his Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 2007, where he was honored with the Gold Medal from the President of India. Majumdar completed his master’s degree (2009) and Ph.D. (2012) in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, working on solid-state quantum optics. He spent one year at the University of California, Berkeley, (2012-13) as a postdoc before joining Intel Labs in Santa Clara, Calif., to work on next generation electro-optic modulators and optical sensors (2013-14). Majumdar accepted a faculty position at the University of Washington, Seattle, in the Electrical & Computer Engineering and Physics departments in August 2014. His research interests include combining emerging nano-photonic devices with computational algorithms to build compact optical sensors to support the growing Infrastructure of the Internet of Things. Majumdar is a recipient of a 2014 Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and 2015 Intel Early Career Faculty Award.

Research Interests

Nanophotonics; dielectric metasurfaces; miniature optical sensors.

Representative Publications

  • Metasurface optics for full-color computational imaging , Shane Colburn, Alan Zhan and Arka Majumdar, Science Advances, Vol. 4, no. 2, 2018 [ Link ]
  • Cavity-Enabled Self-Electro-Optic Bistability in Silicon Photonics, Arka Majumdar and Armand Rundquist, Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Iss. 13, pp. 3864-3867 (2014).
  • Monolayer semiconductor nanocavity lasers with ultralow thresholds, Sanfeng Wu, Sonia Buckley, John R. Schaibley, Liefeng Feng, Jiaqiang Yan, David G. Mandrus, Fariba Hatami, Wang Yao, Jelena Vuckovic, Arka Majumdar and Xiaodong Xu, Nature, 520, 69-72, (2015).
  • Low Contrast Dielectric Metasurface Optics, Alan Zhan, Shane Colburn, Rahul Trivedi, Taylor Fryett, Christopher Dodson, Arka Majumdar.
  • Cavity enhanced second-order nonlinear quantum photonic logic circuits, Rahul Trivedi, Uday K Khankhoje and Arka Majumdar.
  • Cavity Enhanced Nonlinear Optics for Few Photon Optical Bistability, Taylor K. Fryett, Chris Dodson, Arka Majumdar, Opt. Express 23(12), 16246-16255 (2015).
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  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, 2012
    Stanford University
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, 2009
    Stanford University
  • B. Tech, Electronics Engineering, 2007