Private: “Transformation Design in Electromagnetics”

September 30, 2013

Dr. David Schurig

University of Utah Electrical & Computer Engineering Department

When: Monday, September 30, 2013 at 3:05 p.m.
Where: Warnock 1250


Fundamentals of the method of transformation optics will be described, including intuitive, visual explanations of: coordinate transforms, Maxwell’s form invariance, distortion-material equivalence, and material property tensors in curvilinear coordinates. Examples will be discussed from cloaking, imaging and antenna applications.


David Schurig received his BS in Engineering Physics from University of California, Berkeley and then worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab on laser ablation and photo-acoustic spectroscopy. After enrolling in graduate school and performing many unpublished experiments, Schurig submitted a theoretical thesis on negative index media, the perfect lens, and related structures to his committee. He received his PhD in physics from University of California, San Diego.

He also worked for the California Space Institute, performing space mission feasibility studies, and for Tristan Technologies designing and building cryogenically cooled, SQUID- based instruments. Schurig left California to work for David Smith at Duke University, where he was supported by the IC (Intelligence Community) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. He then worked as an assistant professor in NC State’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department.

Prof. Schurig joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Utah in January, 2011.