Arvind Narayanaswamy


246 S.W. Mudd
Mail Code 4703


Tel(212) 854-0303
Fax(212) 854-3304

Arvind Narayanaswamy’s research is characterized by the following themes: understand electromagnetic properties of nanoscale materials, near-field effects on radiative transfer, control of far-field thermal radiation with periodic structures, and applying the results to conversion of thermal radiation, such as solar radiation, to electric or chemical energy.

Research Interests

Theoretical investigation of electromagnetic near-field interaction between two spheres and between a sphere and a flat substrate. Usage of dyadic Green’s functions in electromagnetic scattering problems, nano-optics, and near-field thermal radiation.

Professional Experience

  • Ph.D, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007
  • MS, University of Delaware, 1999
  • B. Tech, Indian Institute of Technology, 1997

Selected Publications

  • J1. D. P. Sellan, E. S. Landry, K. Sasihithlu, A. Narayanaswamy, A. J. H. McGaughey, and C. H. Amon, “Phonon transport across a vacuum gap,” Phys. Rev. B 85, 024118 (2012).
  • J2. K. Sasihithlu and A. Narayanaswamy, “Convergence of vector spherical wave expansion method for near field thermal radiation,” Optics Express 19, A772-A785 (2011) (also selected for Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics, Vol. 6, Iss. 8)
  • J3. K. Sasihitlu and A. Narayanaswamy, “Proximity effects in radiative heat transfer,” Phys. Rev. B 83, 161406(R) (2011).
  • J4. Y. Zheng and A. Narayanaswamy, “Lifshitz theory of van der Waals forces in dissipative media,” Phys. Rev. A 83, 042504 (2011). 
  • J5. N. Gu and A. Narayanaswamy, “Heat transfer from bi-material cantilevers,” ASME Journal of Heat Transfer 133, 042401 (2011).
  • J6. A. Narayanaswamy and G. Chen, “Dyadic Green's functions and electromagnetic local density of states,” Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 111, pp. 1877-1884 (2010).
  • J7. S. Shen, A. Narayanaswamy, and G. Chen, “Surface Phonon Polaritons Mediated Energy Transfer between Nanoscale Gaps,” Nanoletters 9, pp. 2909–2913 (2009).
  • J8. A. Narayanaswamy, S. Shen, L. Hu, X. Chen, and G. Chen, “Breakdown of the Planck blackbody radiation law at nanoscale gaps,” Applied Physics A 96, (2009).
  • J9. A. Narayanaswamy, S. Shen, and G. Chen, “Near-field radiative heat transfer between a sphere and a substrate,” Phys. Rev. B 78, 115303 (2008).
  • J10. L. Hu, A. Narayanaswamy, X. Chen, and G. Chen, “Near-field thermal radiation between two closely spaced glass plates exceeding Planck's blackbody radiation law,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 133106 (2008).
  • J11. A. Narayanaswamy and G. Chen, “Near-field radiative energy transfer between two spheres,” Phys. Rev. B 77, 075125 (2008).