Steven G. Johnson, Professor of Applied Mathematics and Physics

Professor of Applied Mathematics and Physics


PHONE: (617) 253-4073

OFFICE: 2-345

ASSISTANT: Shirley Entzminger (617) 253-4347


Area of Physics:

Atomic, Biophysics, Condensed Matter, and Plasma Physics

Research Interests

  • The influence of complex geometries (particularly in the nanoscale) on solutions of partial differential equations, especially for wave phenomena and electromagnetism — analytical theory, numerics, and design of devices and phenomena. (See, for example, photonic crystals.)
  • High-performance computation, such as fast Fourier transforms, solvers for numerical electromagnetism, and large-scale optimization.

Biographical Sketch

I received my Ph.D. in physics from MIT in 2001, as well as BS degrees in physics, mathematics, and computer science from MIT in 1995, with post-doctoral positions at MIT and Harvard. My Ph.D. thesis was published as a book by Kluwer in 2002 (sans color, unfortunately); you can read the introduction online. I grew up in St. Charles, Illinois and attended high school at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA).

Selected Publications

List of publications

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