Formal physics publications

[My blog posts about AGI safety & neuroscience are on a different page, see here.]

[See my Google Scholar profile for a more complete list, including dozens of patents.]


While working at Draper

E.H. Cook et al., “Polysilicon grating switches for LiDAR.” IEEE J. Microelectromech. Syst. 29, 1008 (2020). Official link.

S.J. Spector et al., “LiDAR beamsteering by digitally switched MEMS gratings on a silicon photonics platform.” Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) (2020). Official link.

J.C. Perkinson et al., “Surface-emitting electroholographic SAW modulator.” Optics Express 28, 1585 (2020).

D.K. Freeman, S.J. Byrnes, “Optimal frequency for wireless power transmission into the body: Efficiency versus received power.” IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag. 67, 4073 (2019). Official link.

S.J. Byrnes, “Photorefractive second-harmonic detection for ultrasound-modulated optical tomography.” arXiv: 1804.06535 (2018).

Postdoc in Capasso group (Harvard)

B. Groever, C. Roques-Carmes, S.J. Byrnes, F. Capasso, “Substrate aberration and correction for meta-lens imaging: an analytical approach.” Applied Optics 57, 2973 (2018). Official link.

S.J. Byrnes, “Multilayer optical calculations.” arXiv:1603.02720 (2016).

S.J. Byrnes, M. Khorasaninejad, F. Capasso, “High-quality-factor planar optical cavities with laterally stopped, slowed, or reversed light.” Optics Express 24, 18399 (2016). Official link.

S.J. Byrnes, A. Lenef, F. Aieta, F. Capasso, “Designing large, high-efficiency, high-numerical-aperture, transmissive meta-lenses for visible light.” Optics Express 24, 5110 (2016). Official link. Also at arXiv. Summary in Physics Today. Related patent.

S.J. Byrnes, R. Blanchard, F. Capasso, “Harvesting renewable energy from Earth’s mid-infrared emissions.” PNAS 111, 3927, (2014). Official link. Press release.

M.A. Kats*, S.J. Byrnes*, R. Blanchard*, M. Kolle, P. Genevet, J. Aizenberg, F. Capasso, “Enhancement of absorption and color contrast in ultra-thin highly absorbing optical coatings.” Applied Physics Letters 103, 101104 (2013). Official link.

Later grad school—Feng Wang and Ron Shen groups (UC Berkeley)

My PhD dissertation: Studies in Optics and Optoelectronics

O. Vazquez-Mena, W. Regan, S. Byrnes, O. Ergen, W. Gannett, F. Wang, A. Zettl, “A novel architecture for photovoltaic devices: Field-effect solar cells using screening-engineered nanoelectrodes for silicon and earth abundant cuprous oxide.” IEEE 39th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (2013). Official link.

W. Regan*, S. Byrnes*, W. Gannett, O. Ergen, O. Vazquez-Mena, F. Wang, A. Zettl, “Screening-Engineered Field-Effect Solar Cells.” Nano Letters 12, 4300 (2012). Official link. Press release. Related patent application.

S.J. Byrnes, P.L. Geissler, Y.R. Shen, “Ambiguities in Surface Nonlinear Spectroscopy Calculations.” Chem. Phys. Lett. 516, 115 (2011). Official link.

C. Tian*, S.J. Byrnes*, H.-L. Han, Y.R. Shen, “Surface Propensities of Atmospherically Relevant Ions in Salt Solutions Revealed by Phase-Sensitive Sum Frequency Vibrational Spectroscopy.” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2, 1946 (2011). Official link.

Early grad school—Ramesh group (UC Berkeley)

S.Y. Yang, J. Seidel, S.J. Byrnes, P. Shafer, C.-H. Yang, M.D. Rossell, P. Yu, Y.-H. Chu, J.F. Scott, J.W. Ager III, L.W. Martin, R. Ramesh, “Above-bandgap voltages from ferroelectric photovoltaic devices.” Nature Nanotechnology 5, 143 (2010). See also: Official link., Article summary in Nature Physics “Research Highlights”, Article summary in Nature Photonics “News and Views”.

S.Y. Yang, L.W. Martin, S.J. Byrnes, T.E. Conry, S.R. Basu, D. Paran, L. Reichertz, J. Ihlefeld, C. Adamo, A. Melville, Y.-H. Chu, C.-H. Yang, J.L. Musfeldt, D.G. Schlom, J.W. Ager III, R. Ramesh, “Photovoltaic effects in BiFeO3.” Appl. Phys. Lett., 95, 062909 (2009). Official link.

Summer job during college (Schlumberger-Doll Research)

E.E. Sigmund, H. Cho, P. Chen, S. Byrnes, Y.-Q. Song, X.E. Gu, T.R. Brown, “Diffusion-based MR methods for bone structure and evolution.” Mag. Res. Med. 59, 28 (2008).

High school

S. Byrnes, “Poset Game Periodicity.” INTEGERS: Electronic Journal OF Combinatorial Number Theory 3, G3 (2003).

(I won a $100,000 scholarship in the Siemens Westinghouse competition with that one! see here for that and other versions.)