Akhlesh Lakhtakia

Affiliate Researcher
Titles and Affiliations
Evan Pugh University Professor and Charles G. Binder Professor, Engineering Science and Mechanics

Akhlesh Lakhtakia's research focuses on electromagnetic fields in complex materials, such as sculptured thin films, chiral materials,  bianisotropy and industrially scalable bioreplication, an emerging form of engineered biomimicry applied to harvesting of solar energy and pest eradication. His technique for visualization of latent fingerprints was covered in the NOVA documentary series "Forensics on Trial".

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Recent Publications

Effects of defect density, minority carrier lifetime, doping density, and absorber-layer thickness in CIGS and CZTSSe thin-film solar cells

Ahmad, F., Civiletti, B. J., Monk, P. B. & Lakhtakia, A., Apr 1 2023, In: Journal of Photonics for Energy. 13, 2, 025502.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Optoelectronic optimization of graded-bandgap thin-film AlGaAs solar cells. Part II: optimal antireflection front-surface texturing

Ahmad, F., Monk, P. B. & Lakhtakia, A., Oct 1 2023, In: Applied optics. 62, 28, p. 7487-7495 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Visualization of latent and depleted fingermarks on CDs and DVDs using columnar thin films

Faryad, M., Lakhtakia, A., Fiallo, R. A. & Banerjee, P. P., Dec 2023, In: Optik. 295, 171541.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

On temporally periodic physical vapor deposition on random rough surfaces

Fiallo, R. A., Li, C., Lakhtakia, A. & Horn, M. W., Jul 1 2023, In: Journal of Nanophotonics. 17, 3, 036005.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

New principle for scattering inside a Huygens bianisotropic medium

Lakhtakia, A., Sep 2023, In: Journal of Optics (India). 52, 3, p. 1296-1304 9 p.

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Manifestations of thermal hysteresis in theoretical studies of Mie scattering, columnar thin films, and surface-plasmon-polariton wave propagation

Mackay, T. G., Son, T. V., Haché, A., Waseer, W. I. & Lakhtakia, A., 2023, In: International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics. p. 1249-1250 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review

Temperature-induced hysteresis in amplification and attenuation of surface-plasmon-polariton waves

Mackay, T. G., Son, T. V., Haché, A. & Lakhtakia, A., Jun 2023, In: Journal of Physics Communications. 7, 6, 061002.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Design of X-band bicontrollable metasurface absorber comprising graphene pixels on copper-backed YIG substrate

Sharma, G., Lakhtakia, A. & Jain, P. K., Sep 2023, In: Optik. 287, 171000.

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Identifying the influence of surface texture waveforms on colors of polished surfaces using an explainable AI approach

Zhong, Y., Tiwari, A., Yamaguchi, H., Lakhtakia, A. & Bukkapatnam, S. T. S., 2023, In: IISE Transactions. 55, 7, p. 731-745 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Pixelated metasurfaces for linear-polarization conversion and absorption

Agrahari, R., Lakhtakia, A., Kumar Jain, P. & Bhattacharyya, S., 2022, In: Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications. 36, 7, p. 1008-1019 12 p.

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Efficiency enhancement of ultrathin CIGS solar cells by optimal bandgap grading. Part II: finite-difference algorithm and double-layer antireflection coatings

Ahmad, F., Civiletti, B. J., Monk, P. B. & Lakhtakia, A., Nov 20 2022, In: Applied optics. 61, 33, p. 10049-10061 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Thermally controllable reduction of absorption and extinction of a dielectric sphere by an InSb coating

Alkhoori, H. M. & Lakhtakia, A., Jun 2022, In: Optik. 260, 168992.

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Hybridization of the rigorous coupled-wave approach with transformation optics for electromagnetic scattering by a surface-relief grating

Civiletti, B. J., Lakhtakia, A. & Monk, P. B., Oct 1 2022, In: Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics. 412, 114338.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Polarization-universal bandgaps realized with chiral sculptured thin films

Fiallo, R. A., Horn, M. W. & Lakhtakia, A., Oct 1 2022, In: Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics. 39, 10, p. 2697-2704 8 p.

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Polarization-universal bandgaps realized with columnar thin films

Fiallo, R. A., Lakhtakia, A. & Horn, M. W., Oct 1 2022, In: Journal of Nanophotonics. 16, 4, 046004.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review