Welcome to the Home of Nanophotonics Research at the Illinois State University!

Our research is at the nexus of nanotechnology and optics! We use light to excite single nanostructures (a few tens of nano-meters in dimensions!); and probe their interactions with light using optical spectroscopy. Currently, we are looking into the possibility of enhancement and control of "magnetic" light-matter interactions in high-index dielectric nanoparticles, metamaterials, rare earth ions, etc. For more details, see RESEARCH.

  • June 2018, Manna Lab receives funding from the Div Of Electrical, Commun & Cyber Sys, National Science Foundation to excite "Non-radiating Nano-sphere"!
  • June 2018, Our collaborative work with Biswas Lab on "TiO2 nanodot films" is published in J. Phys. Chem. C!
  • March 2018, Brighton receives Jesse Award to conduct experimental research!
  • Nov 2017, Daniel makes a poster presentation on "Selective magnetic dipole transition in Eu3+ ions" at 2017 Fall meeting of APS Prairie Section!


We acknowledge the support from the ELECT, PHOTONICS, & MAG DEVICE (EPMD), Division of Electrical, Communication & Cyber System (ECCS), National Science Foundation (NSF) for funding our research (Award # 1809410)!


We are currently looking for motivated students to join our group. If you are interested in experimental research, send an email to Dr. Uttam Manna at umanna@ilstu.edu.