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Michael A. Fiddy

Michael A. Fiddy

  • Professor of Physics and Optical Science and of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
  • Founding Director, Center for Optoelectronics and Optical Communications, UNC Charlotte, 2002-2010.
  • NSF Industry-University Collaborative Research Center for Metamaterials Site Director, 2011-


PhD in Physics, University of London 1977
BS in Physics, first class honors University of London 1973

Technical Activities/Interests

  • Superresolution and image reconstruction from limited data
  • Inverse scattering and structure synthesis: metamterials

Past Appointments

  • 2010 Visiting Erskine Fellow, EE Department, University of Canterbury, Christchurch New Zealand
  • 2010 Visiting Professor, Nanophotonics Laboratory, School of EEE, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • 1994-2001  Head of Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, UML
  • 1987-2001 Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Lowell (tenured).
  • 1985-86     Visiting Associate Professor in Mathematics Department, Catholic University of  America, Washington, D. C.
  • 1984-1987 Faculty in Physics, Kings College, London University (tenured).
  • 1982 (summer) and 1983 (summer) Visiting Associate Professor at the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester,  New York.
  • 1979-1984 Faculty in Physics, Queen Elizabeth College, London University (tenured 1982).
  • 1978-1979 Post-doc, EE Dept., University College, London University.

Service to the Technical Community

  • Editor-in-Chief, Waves in Random and Complex Media, since Jan 1996
  • Deputy Editor, Photonics Research, since Jan 2013.
  • Topical Editor for Signal and Image Processing, Optical Society of America A, 1994-2000.
  • Editor, Optics and Photonics Letters, World Scientific Press, since 2007.
  • Editorial Board, Advances in Optical Technologies, Hiwandi Press, since 2007.
  • Vice Chair, IEEE Communications Society, 2004-7, Charlotte Chapter.
  • SPIE and OSA conference/topical meeting organizer
  • OSA Meetings Council (2009- ); chair elect 2013;
  • Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA) Advisory Board & Council (2011-)
  • OSA Leith and Richardson Medal Committees
  • New England Chapter of SPIE;
    • Treasurer  1992-1994; President 1994-1996, Past President 1996-98.
  • SPIE ESTeP Committee  2006-2008
  • Co-founder: Carolinas Photonics Consortium and Carolinas MicroOptics Triangle
  • Organizer/co-organizer of 15 international conferences since 1990

Professional Honors

  • Fellow of SPIE
  • Fellow of OSA,
  • Fellow Inst. of Physics (UK),
  • Fellow Electromagnetics Academy
  • Senior Member IEEE
  • UMass Lowell Outstanding Graduate Educator of the year (1991).
  • UMass ECE Department Teaching Excellence Award (2001).
  • Andrewes Prize in Physics, University of London (1972).


  • 12 book chapters
  • Editor/co-Editor 12 conference proceedings
  • > 140 refereed papers
  • 320 conference publications
  • Monograph: Fiddy, M.A. and M. Nieto-Vesperinas, Editors, "Optical Signal Processing", monograph published by Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1992.

Recent Publications

M. Sheih, C. L. Byrne and M. A. Fiddy, “Resolution Enhancement using Prior Information” in Image Restoration: Fundamentals and Advances, Ed. B. Gunturk, CRC/Taylor and Francis Press, Chapter 4, (2012).

M. A. Fiddy, “Slow light for sensing”, Photonic Bandgap Structures: a Novel Technological Platform Physical, Chemical and Biological Sensing, Ed. M. Pisco, A. Cusano and A. Cutolo, Bentham Press, Chapter 6, (2012), pp 118-134. 

M. E. Testorf  and M. A. Fiddy, "Superresolution Imaging: Revisited", Advances in Imaging and Electron Physics, Ed. P. W. Hawkes, Vol 163, ch 5, pp166-218, Ed. P. W. Hawkes, Academic Press, (2010).

W. Yang and M. A. Fiddy, “On the negative index perfect lens with loss”, accepted JBAP, 2013.

Y-Chen Chuang, R. Dudley and M. A. Fiddy,  “A New Approach to A Practical Subwavelength Resolving Microscope”, accepted Applied Physics A, 2013.

Y. Zhang and M. A. Fiddy, “Covered image of superlens”, PIERS vol 136, pp225-238, 2013.

J. S. D. Roberts, H. Alisafaee  and M. A. Fiddy, “Selective field localization in random structured media,” Applied Optics 52, p742, 2013.

Andrey V. Kuzhuget, Larisa Beilin, Michael V. Klibanov, Anders Sullivan, Lam Nguyen and Michael A. Fiddy “Quantitative image recovery from measured blind backscattered data using a globally convergent inverse method” IEEE Trans. Antennas and Prop., Vol 99, 10.1109/TGRS.2012.2211885, pp1-12, (2012).

Andrey V. Kuzhuget, Larisa Beilin, Michael V. Klibanov, Anders Sullivan, Lam Nguyen and Michael A. Fiddy “Blind experimental data for imaging of explosive-like targets by an approximately globally convergent inverse algorithm” Inverse Problems vol 28, (2012), 095007 (33pp).

Yuan Zhang, Yi-Chen Chuang,  John O. Schenk and Michael A. Fiddy, “Study of scattering patterns and subwavelength scale imaging based on finite-sized metamaterials Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing, v 107, n 1, p 61-69, April 2012.

R. Tsu and M. A. Fiddy, “Single atom trapping of light”, PIERS Proceedings, Moscow August 19-23, 2012, pp1152-1155.

Y. Chuang, R. Dudley and M. A. Fiddy, “Compressive sampling methods for superresolution imaging”, Proc. Imaging Reconstruction from Incomplete Data VII, Proc. SPIE 8500-05, pp1-9, August 2012.

R.S. Ritter and M. A. Fiddy, “Imaging from scattered fields: limited data and degrees of freedom”, Proc. Imaging Reconstruction from Incomplete Data VII, Proc. SPIE 8500-07, pp1-7, August 2012.

Y. Chuang, R. Dudley and M. A. Fiddy, “Superesolved image reconstruction from incomplete data”, Proc. Imaging Reconstruction from Incomplete Data VII, Proc. SPIE 8500-09, pp1-9, August 2012.

W. Yang, J. S. Deaver, M. Woldeyohannes and M. A. Fiddy, Refraction of Evanescent Waves at an Air and Optically Pumped Ti:Sapphire Interface, Proc. CLEO 2012, JW2A.113.

W. Yang and M. A. Fiddy, Photonic Density of States in Hyperbolic Metamaterials with Finite Feature Sizes, Proc. IEEE SoutheastCon, March 2012.

Yi-Chen Chuang, R. Dudley and M. A. Fiddy, “Optimal arrangement of meta-atoms composing metamaterials“,  SPIE Paper 8269   82691D1-7,  Photonic and Phononic Properties of Engineered Nanotructures II, Ed. A.Adibi, S-Y Lin and A. Scherer, Photonics West January 2012

M. Woldeyohannes, John O. Schenk, Robert P. Ingel, Shawn P. Rigdon, Mitchell Pate, John D. Graham, Michael Clare, Weiguo Yang, and Michael A. Fiddy “Internal Field Distribution Measurement in 1-D Strongly Anisotropic Sub-Wavelength Periodic Structures of Finite Length”, Optics Express 19, issue 1, pp 81-92, (2011).

J. Li, Y. Zhang, T. Mei and M. A. Fiddy, “Surface plasma laser based on metal cavity array with two different modes”, Optics Express 18, No 23, p23626-23632, (2010)

C. Yan, D. H. Zhang, Y. Zhang, D. Li and M. A. Fiddy, “Metal-dielectric composite metamaterials for beam splitting and deep sub-wavelength resolution in the far-field” Optics Express 18, No 14, p14794-14801, 2010.

S. Chitchian, T. P. Weldon, M. A. Fiddy and N. M. Fried, "Combined image processing algorithms for improved optical coherent tomography of the prostate nerves", J. Biomedical Optics, 15, issue 4, 046014, (2010). Also featured in September 1, 2010 issue of Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research.

J. O. Schenk, M. A. Fiddy and W. Yang, "Imaging with a metamaterial "imperfect" lens",  Chinese J. Optics and Applied Optics, 3, p45-51, 2010.

Y. Zhang, X. Zhang, Ting Mei, and M.A. Fiddy, " Negative index modes in surface plasmon waveguides: a study of the relations between lossless and lossy cases", Optics Express 18, No 12, p12213-12225, (2010).

M. A. Fiddy and R. Tsu, "Understanding metamaterials", Waves in Random and Complex Media, vol 20, issue 2, pp202-222, (2010).

M. V. Klibanov, M. A. Fiddy, L. Beilina, N. Pantong and J. Schenk, "Picosecond scale experimental verification of a globally convergent algorithm for a coefficient inverse problem", Inverse Problems, 26, 045003 , 2010.

H. M. Shieh, Y-C Hsu, C. L. Byrne and M. A. Fiddy, "Resolution enhancement of imaging small scaled portions of a compactly-supported function"  JOSA A 27, p141-150,  2010.

K. Sinchuk, R. Dudley, R. Ingel, J. O. Schenk, W. Yang and M. A. Fiddy, "Effective negative index and negative group index of metamaterials with large form birefringence", Optics Express 18, No 2, p 463-472, 2010.

S. Chitchian, M. A. Fiddy and N. M. Fried, “Denoising during optical coherence tomography of the prostate nerves via wavelet shrinkage using dual-tree complex wavelet transform”, J. Biomedical Optics 14, 014031, 2009.

Y. Cao, J. Schenk and M. A. Fiddy, “Third order nonlinear effect near a degenerate bandedge”, Optics and Photonics Letters, Vol 1, pp 1-7, 2008.

M. A. Fiddy, R. P. Ingel and J. O. Schenk, “Anisotropic metamaterials for field enhancement and negative index applications”, J. Nonlinear Optical Physics and Materials”, Vol 17, 4, p 521-526, Dec 2008.

M. A. Fiddy and T. Her, “Tunable mesoscopic structures for next generation photonic networks”, Proc. HONET IV,  Pages:1 - 9, Digital Object Identifier   10.1109/HONET.2007.4600251; Published: 2008-08-15.

D Brady, A. Dogariu, M. A. Fiddy and A. Mahalanobis, “Computational optical sensing and imaging: introduction to feature issue”, Applied optics 47, pp COSI1-2, 2008.

R. C. Rumpf, Michael A. Fiddy, and Markus E. Testorf , “Design of generalized invisible scatterers”, Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 8, pp. 4735-4744, (2007).

P. C. Deguzman, Y. Cao, T.J. Suleski, M. A. Fiddy, R. Jones, R. TeKolste and J. Morris, “Wafer based diffractive polarizer design for low-reflectivity applications”, Opt. Eng., 46 (3) (2007)

H. M. Shieh and M. A. Fiddy, "Accuracy of extrapolated data as a function of prior knowledge and regularization", Applied Optics, vol 45, pp3283-3288, (2006).

H. M. Shieh, C. L. Byrne and M. A. Fiddy, "Image reconstruction: a unifying model for resolution enhancement and data extrapolation", J. Opt. Soc. Amer. A, vol 23, pp258-266, (2006).

Fiddy, M. A.  and H. J. Caulfield, "The significance of phase and information", Ch 17 in "Tribute to Emil Wolf", T. P. Jannson Editor, SPIE Press, 2005, pp363-378.

Caulfield, H. J.  and M. A. Fiddy, "Backward thinking: holography and the inverse problem", Ch. 19, in Tribute to Emil Wolf", T. P. Jannson Editor, SPIE Press, 2005, pp401-420.