Joseph B. Herzog

Joseph B. Herzog

Assistant Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-4909

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Joseph B. Herzog is an Assistant professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Arkansas who also serves as a faculty in the Microelectronics-Photonics Program and the Institute for Nanoscience and Engineering. He received his PhD from the University of Notre Dame working in the Nano-Optics Research Lab with J. Merz and A. Mintairov. After this he was a Welch Postdoctoral Research Associate, researching plasmonic nanostructures at Rice University with Douglas Natelson in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. In the summer of 2017 he was a Fellow at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC working with Jake Fontana on tunable subnanometer gap plasmonic metasurfaces as part of the in the Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Research Program. At the NRL he worked in the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering, which is a division of the Materials Directorate at the NRL. His experience also includes working for Intel Corporation both in Hillsboro, OR and Santa Clara, CA; and he worked at the Berliner Elektronenspeicherring-Gesellschaft für Synchrotronstrahlung m.b.H. (BESSY - Berlin electron storage ring company for synchrotron radiation) in Berlin, Germany, researching ultra thick high-aspect-ratio microfabrication. His research focuses on experimental nano-optics, including plasmonics, nanofabrication, computational modeling, and photonic crystals.

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Current Research Projects

The Herzog Lab research program specializes in the following areas:

Nano-Fabrication: Researcher in group fabricate metal nanostructures with features that can be smaller than structures fabricated with the more-common electron beam lithography (EBL) technique. Typically the smallest feature with EBL alone can reach about 40 nm. In our lab we use EBL combined with a recently developed self-aligned technique which can make truly nanoscale features than can be less than 10 nm. Read more...

Computational Electromagnetics: Modeling optics (electromagnetic waves) with a finite element method has proven to be extremely accurate. We use this tool to help design and analyze plasmonic nanostructure. Recent developments in computational performance enables complex and robust calculations and modeling. Research in the area involves 3D designs and studies, and use of high performance super computing. Read more...

Spectroscopic Optical Characterization: Once fabricated, our group measures the optical properties of the plasmonic nanostructures with various spectroscopic techniques in order to confirm our design and build towards more useful and efficient structures. Optical characterization techniques include Dark-field spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and Photoluminescence experiments. Read more...

Photonic Crystal Nanostructures: Our group studies the optical properties of photonic crystal (PC) structures. PCs are periodic structures that can reflect or guide light very efficiently. This work, in collaboration with A. Alverson, studies diatoms which have a natural nanostructures in their shells (or frustules). Additionally, group members study the optical properties of other recently-developed PC fabrication techniques. Read more...

Research Areas of Interest 

Optical Properties of Nanostructures and Devices:
Plasmonics, Spectroscopy, Nanofabrication, Quantum Dots, Nanowires, Superlattices, Photonic Crystals, and Computational Modeling of these structures.

Optoelectronic Materials and Devices for Energy Conversion:
Solar cells, Plasmonically enhanced photovoltaics, and thermophotovoltaics.

Other Areas:
Surface-enhanced spectroscopy, Nano-optics, and Nanofabrication

Department of Physics:
Electronics in Experimental Physics 
Physics for Architects I
Physics for Architects II

Office of the Provost:
University Perspectives


Postdoctoral, Rice University
PhD, University of Notre Dame
MS, University of Notre Dame
BS, Louisiana State University

Journal Articles (updated Feb. 2018)

A. A. Darweesh*, S. J. Bauman*, D. French*, A. Nusir, O. Manasreh, J. B. Herzog, "Current Density Contribution to Plasmonic Enhancement Effects in Metal-Semiconductor-Metal Photodetectors", Journal of Lightwave Technology 36(12), 2430 (2018).

D. T. Debu*, S. J. Bauman*, D. French*, Hugh O. H. Churchill, J. B. Herzog, "Tuning Infrared Plasmon Resonance of Black Phosphorene Nanoribbon with a Dielectric Interface", Scientific Reports 8(1), 3224 (2018).

S. J. Bauman*, A. A. Darweesh*, D. T. Debu*, J. B. Herzog, "Fabrication and Analysis of Metallic Nanoslit Structures: Advancements in the Nanomasking Method", JM3 17(1), 013501 (2018).

D. Doyle, N. Charipar, C. Argyropoulos, S. Trammell, R. Nita, J. Naciri, A. Pique, J. B. Herzog, J. Fontana, "Tunable subnanometer gap plasmonic metasurfaces", ACS Photonics, (2017). [PDF]

A. I. Nusir, S. J. Bauman*, M. Marie, J. B. Herzog, M. O. Manasreh, "Silicon nanowires to enhance the performance of self-powered near-infrared photodetectors with asymmetrical Schottky contacts", Applied Physics Letters 111, 171103 (2017).

S. J. Bauman*, Z. T. Brawley*, A. A. Darweesh*, J. B. Herzog, "Substrate Oxide Layer Thickness Optimization for a Dual-Width Plasmonic Grating for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) Biosensor Applications", Sensors 17(7), 1530 (2017).

P. K. Ghosh*, D. T. Debu*, D. A. French*, J. B. Herzog, "Calculated thickness dependent plasmonic properties of gold nanobars in the visible to near-infrared light regime", PLOS ONE 12(5), e0177463 (2017).

Z. T. Brawley, S. J. Bauman*, G. P. Abbey, A. A. Darweesh*, A. I. Nusir*, O. Manasreh, and J. B. Herzog, "Modeling and optimization of Au-GaAs plasmonic nanoslit array structures for enhanced near-infrared photodetector applications", Journal of Nanophotonics 11(1), 016017 (2017). 

D. Debu*, P. Ghosh*, D. French*, and J. B. Herzog, "Surface plasmon damping effects due to Ti adhesion layer in individual gold nanodisks", Optical Materials Express, 7(1), 73-84 (2016). [PDF]

M. Sarollahi*, S. J. Bauman*, J. Mishler, and J. B. Herzog, "Calculation of reflectivity spectra for semi-infinite two-dimensional photonic crystals", Journal of Nanophotonics, 10(4), 046012 (2016). 

A. A. Darweesh*, S. J. Bauman*, and J. B. Herzog, "Improved optical enhancement using double-width plasmonic gratings with nanogaps", Photonics Research, Vol 4, 173-180 (2016). 

A. I. Nusir, G. P. Abbey, A. M. Hill, O. Manasreh, and J. B. Herzog, "Hot Electrons in Microscale Thin-Film Schottky Barriers for Enhancing Near-Infrared Detection", IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, (2016).

C. Saylor, E. C. Novak, D. T. Debu*, and J. B. Herzog, "Investigation of maximum optical enhancement in single gold nanowires and triple nanowire arrays", Journal of Nanophotonics, 9(1), 093053 (2015). 

S. J. Bauman*, E. C. Novak, D. T. Debu*, D. Natelson, and J. B. Herzog, "Fabrication of sub-lithography-limited structures via Nanomasking technique for plasmonic enhancement applications", IEEE Trans Nanotechnol 14 5 (2015). 

R. B. Abdulrahman, H. Cansizoglu, M. F. Cansizoglu, J. B Herzog, T. Karabacak, "Enhanced light trapping and plasmonic properties of aluminum nanorods fabricated by glancing angle deposition", JVST A 33041501 (2015). 

A. I. Nusir*, A. M. Hill, M. O. Manasreh, J. B. Herzog "Near-infrared metal-semiconductor-metal photodetector based on semi-insulating GaAs and interdigital electrodes", Photonics Research, Vol 3, 1 (2015). 

J. B. Herzog, M. W. Knight, D. Natelson, "Thermoplasmonics: Quantifying Plasmonic Heating in Single Nanowires", Nano Letters 14 499-503 (2014). 

J. B. Herzog, M. W. Knight, Y. Li, K. M. Evans, N. J. Halas, D. Natelson, "Dark Plasmons in Hot Spot Generation and Polarization in Interelectrode Nanoscale Junctions", Nano Letters, 13 (3), pp 1359-1364, (2013). 

D. Natelson, Y. Li, and J. B. Herzog, "Nanogap structures: combining enhanced Raman spectroscopy and electronic transport", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 15, 5262-5275 (2013). Featured on cover of themed issue on Plasmonics and Spectroscopy.

X. Liu, A. M. Mintairov, J. B. Herzog, F. Vietmeyer, R. E. Pimpinella, M. Kuno, J. L. Merz, T. H. Kosel, M. Dobrowolska, J. K. Furdyna, "II-VI heterostructures obtained by encapsulation of colloidal CdSe nanowires by molecular beam epitaxy deposition of ZnSe", JVST B 29 3 (2011). 

A. M. Mintairov, J. B. Herzog, M. Kuno, and J. L. Merz, "Near-field scanning optical microscopy of colloidal CdSe nanowires", physica status solidi (b), 247 6, pp 1416-1419, (2010). 

Proceedings Articles

G. P. Abbey, A. I. Nusir, O. Manasreh, J. B. Herzog, "Structural characteristics of Au-GaAs nanostructures for increased plasmonic optical enhancement", Proc. SPIE 9758 0N, (2016). 

G. Abraham, A. Tejerina, H. Churchill, P. Bajwa, C. Heyes, J. B. Herzog, "Plasmonically enhanced photoluminescence of nanoscale semiconductors", Proc. SPIE 9758 0J, (2016).  

S. J. Bauman*, A. A. Darweesh*, J. B. Herzog, "Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy substrate fabricated via nanomasking technique for biological sensor applications", Proc. SPIE 9759 1I, (2016). 

G. Abraham, D. A. French*, P. Bajwa, C. D. Heyes, J. B. Herzog, "Optical enhancement of photoluminescence with colloidal quantum dots", SPIE, 9556 1C, (2015). 

S. J. Bauman*, D. T. Debu*, J. B. Herzog, "Plasmonic structures fabricated via nanomasking sub-10 nm lithography technique", SPIE, 9556 0M, (2015). 

M. Sarollahi*, J. Mishler, S. J. Bauman*, S. Barraza-Lopez, P. Millett, J. B. Herzog, "The significance of the number of periods and period size in 2D photonic crystal waveguides", SPIE, 9556 1B, (2015). 

A. M. Hill, A. I. Nusir*, Paul V. Nguyen, O. M. Manasreh, J. B. Herzog, "Computational electromagnetic analysis of plasmonic effects in interdigital photodetectors", SPIE, 9163 3Q, (2014) 

S. J. Bauman*, D. T. Debu*, A. M. Hill, E. C. Novak, D. Natelson, J. B. Herzog, "Optical nanogap matrices for plasmonic enhancement applications", SPIE, 9163 1A, (2014) 

J. Mishler, P. Blake, A. J. Alverson, D. K. Roper, J. B. Herzog, "Diatom frustule photonic crystal geometric and optical characterization", SPIE, 9171 0P, (2014) 

A. M. Mintairov, J. B. Herzog, M. Kuno, and J. L. Merz, "Nano-optical emission of single colloidal CdSe nanowires" Nanostructures: Physics and Technology, NC.03 124-125, (2010) 

J. B. Herzog, A. M. Mintairov, K. Sun, Y. Cao, D. Jena, J. L. Merz, "Infrared reflectivity spectroscopy of optical phonons in short-period AlGaN/GaN superlattices", SPIE, 6648 03, (2007) 


J. B. Herzog and D. Natelson, Systems and Methods for Fabricating Nanostructures and Nanogaps. US Patent Application 62/039,337, filed August (2014). 

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR,                                        
  Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
    Principal Investigator, Plasmonic Nano-Optics Lab
      Faculty, Microelectronics-Photonics Program
      Faculty, Institute for Nanoscience and Engineering

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC,
  Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Fellow,
    Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering,
     Materials Directorate                    

Rice University, Physics & Astronomy Dept., Houston, TX; Welch Postdoctoral Research Associate: Plasmonic nanostructures

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN; Research Assistant, Nano-Optics Research Lab with J. Merz and A. Mintairov

Intel Corporation, Santa Clara, CA; Graduate Technical Intern 

Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, OR; Engineer Intern

Berliner Elektronenspeicherring-Gesellschaft für Synchrotronstrahlung m.b.H. (BESSY) - “Berlin electron storage ring company for synchrotron radiation,” Berlin, Germany; Research Assistant, LIGA synchrotron high-aspect-ratio microfabrication

Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA; Research Assistant, LIGA synchrotron high-aspect-ratio microfabrication

Entergy Corporation, St Francisville, LA; Engineer Intern, River bend Nuclear Generating Station (1010 MWe)

updated summer 2017:

  • Robert C. and Sandra Connor Endowed Faculty Fellowship (2017)
  • Office of Naval Research (ONR) Summer Faculty Research Program, Summer Fellow (2017)
  • Faculty Gold Medal, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University of Arkansas (2016)