Arvind Narayanaswamy

Associate Professor
246 S.W. Mudd, Mail code: 4703
Tel: (212) 854-0303
Fax: (212)854-3304
Spring '19 office hours:  Wed 9am-1pm

My research will be characterized by the following theme: 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.

  • 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.
  • Refinement of an experimental technique (developed by Arvind Narayanaswamy and Gang Chen at MIT) to measure near-field thermal radiative exchange.
  • Experimental investigation of near-field thermal radiative exchange between a sphere and flat substrate or another sphere.
  • Investigating the dynamics of bi-material AFM cantilevers.
  • Theoretical and experimental investigation of spectrally selective emission from periodic structures.

Teaching interests:

Heat transfer, Thermal-fluid sciences, Thermodynamics, Nanoscale energy transport, Radiation energy transport, Wave propagation.


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

Recent Publications:

Journal 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).

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