Professor Malin Premaratne

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  • Building: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Nano-optic (Quantum Electrodynamics)
  • Optoelectronic Devices (Bio-optics)

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Professor Malin Premaratne is an electrical engineer with diverse interests in physics, mathematics and computer science. He specializes in theory, modeling and simulation of light propagation through different media such as optical fibers, active semiconductors and biological media. These interests have naturally led him to investigate emerging state of the art technological areas such as surface plamsons polaritons that results from light interacting with metals and arftificial material composites (metamaterials) with extraordinary ability to control light. He has pioneered many novel techniques in theory, modeling and simulation of light interaction with guided and scattering media and published over 300 research papers (200+ Journals) and one book. Malin has won over $3.0 million direct funding, over 3.5 million students` scholarship funding and about $750,000 on computer resources and time from competitive grants agencies including the Australian Research Council (ARC) for this work.

Professor Malin Premaratne received the BSc degree in mathematics, the BE degree in electrical and electronics engineering (with first-class honors), and the PhD degree from the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in 1995, 1995, and 1998, respectively. From 1998 to 2000, he was with the Photonics Research Laboratory, a division of the Australian Photonics Cooperative Research Center (APCRC), University of Melbourne, where he was the Coproject Leader of the APCRC Optical Amplifier Project, and was also associated with Telstra, Australia, and Hewlett Packard, USA. From 2001 to 2003, he also worked as the Product Manger (Research and Development) of VPI Systems Optical Systems Group. Since 2004, he guided the research program in high-performance computing applications to complex systems simulations at the Advanced Computing and Simulation Laboratory (AχL), Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia, where he is currently the Research Director. He is also a Visiting Researcher with the University of Melbourne, Australian National University, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Rochester, New York, Oxford University and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He is a Fellow of Institute of Engineers Australia (FIEAust) and Fellow of the Optical Society of America (FOSA). Currently, he serves as the Vice President of the Academic Board, Monash University Clayton Australia.

Recent publications

  1. Shi Q, Sikdar D, Fu R, Si KJ, Dong D, Liu Y, Premaratne M, Cheng W. 2D Binary Plasmonic Nanoassemblies with Semiconductor n/p-Doping-Like Properties. Advanced Materials. Wiley-VCH. 2018, Vol. 30, Issue 26. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201801118
  2. Hapuarachchi H, Premaratne M, Bao Q, Cheng W, Gunapala SD, Agrawal GP. Cavity QED analysis of an exciton-plasmon hybrid molecule via the generalized nonlocal optical response method. PHYSICAL REVIEW B. American Physical Society. 2017, Vol. 95, Issue 24. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.95.245419
  3. Weeraddana D, Premaratne M, Gunapala SD, Andrews DL. Controlling resonance energy transfer in nanostructure emitters by positioning near a mirror. JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS. American Institute of Physics. 2017, Vol. 147, Issue 7. DOI: 10.1063/1.4998459
  4. Shang W, Xiao F, Zhu W, He H, Premaratne M, Mei T, Zhao J. Fano resonance with high local field enhancement under azimuthally polarized excitation. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. Nature Publishing Group. 2017, Vol. 7. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-00785-6
  5. Zhu W, Rukhlenko ID, Xiao F, He C, Geng J, Liang X, Premaratne M, Jin R. Multiband coherent perfect absorption in a water-based metasurface. OPTICS EXPRESS. Optical Society of America. 2017, Vol. 25, Issue 14. DOI: 10.1364/OE.25.015737
  6. Liu Y, Dai X, Mallawaarachchi S, Hapuarachchi H, Shi Q, Dong D, Thang SH, Premaratne M, Cheng W. Poly(: N -isopropylacrylamide) capped plasmonic nanoparticles as resonance intensity-based temperature sensors with linear correlation. Journal of Materials Chemistry C. 2017, Vol. 5, Issue 42. DOI: 10.1039/c7tc04051b
  7. Kang M, Zhu W, Wang H-T, Premaratne M. Spawning a ring of exceptional points from a metamaterial. OPTICS EXPRESS. Optical Society of America. 2017, Vol. 25, Issue 15. DOI: 10.1364/OE.25.018265
  8. Premaratne M, Stockman MI. Theory and technology of SPASERs. ADVANCES IN OPTICS AND PHOTONICS. Optical Society of America. 2017, Vol. 9, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1364/AOP.9.000079
  9. Mallawaarachchi S, Premaratne M, Gunapala SD, Maini PK. Tuneable superradiant thermal emitter assembly. PHYSICAL REVIEW B. American Physical Society. 2017, Vol. 95, Issue 15. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.95.155443
  10. Zhu W, Xiao F, Rukhlenko ID, Geng J, Liang X, Premaratne M, Jin R. Wideband visible-light absorption in an ultrathin silicon nanostructure. OPTICS EXPRESS. Optical Society of America. 2017, Vol. 25, Issue 5. DOI: 10.1364/OE.25.005781
  11. Abeywickrama G, Nirmalathas A, Lim C, Lee K, Premaratne M. Quasi-phase matching with tapered waveguides for Terahertz generation. Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Pacific Rim (CLEO-PR). IEEE Explore. 2013. DOI: 10.1109/CLEOPR.2013.6599979
  12. Maheswararajah S, Halgamuge S, Premaratne M. Sensor Scheduling for Target Tracking by Sub-optimal Algorithms. IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. 2009, Vol. 58, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1109/TVT.2008.927726
  13. Premaratne M, Halgamuge S. Rigorous analysis of numerical phase and group velocity bounds in Yee's FDTD grid. IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. 2007, Vol. 17, Issue 8. DOI: 10.1109/LMWC.2007.901754
  14. Gopalakrishnapillai BSG, Premaratne M, Abramson D, Lee K, Nirmalathas A, Lim C, Shinada S, Wada N, Miyazaki T. Analytical characterization of optical pulse propagation in polarization-sensitive semiconductor optical amplifiers. IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics. IEE Institute of Electronic Engineers. 2006, Vol. 42, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1109/JQE.2006.881727
  15. Gopalakrishnapillai BSG, Nirmalathas A, Lim C, Premaratne M. Carrier-density evolution in polarization sensitive semiconductor optical amplifiers. 2006 International Conference on Numerical Simulation of Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices (NUSOD '06). IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. 2006.

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