Adam Overvig (aovervig)

Adam Overvig

Assistant Professor

Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science

Department of Physics

Edwin A. Stevens Hall 119F


  • PhD (2020) Columbia University (Applied Physics)
  • BS (2013) Cornell University (Engineering Physics)


We study the physics, design principles, and applications of photonic and nanophotonic devices. These efforts span from theoretical to experimental, and from fundamental to applied. We are especially interested in the role of symmetries and nonlocality in the scattering of electromagnetic waves in flat optical devices called "metasurfaces" (thin engineered materials). Once we understand the physics, we then aim to leverage the new phenomena to advance applications such as imaging systems, holography, communication systems, and quantum information science.


Since Fall 2023: Assistant Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology

Fall 2019 - Summer 2023: Postdoctoral researcher, group of Andrea Alù, Photonics Initiative, Advanced Science Research Center at the City University of New York

Spring 2014 - Fall 2019: Graduate research assistant, group of Nanfang Yu, Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University

Honors and Awards

2023: Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists, Finalist in Physical Sciences and Engineering

2016-2018: NSF IGERT Fellowship

Patents and Inventions

N. Yu, A. Overvig, H. Huang, A. Alù, Integrated Metasurfaces for free-space wavefront generation with complete amplitude, phase, and polarization control, US Patent App. 18/318,231

A. Alù, A. Overvig, M. Cotrufo, K. Stensvad, B. Hao, X. Guo, and C. Schardt “Optical Devices with zone folded metasurfaces”, US Patent App. 63/266,261

A. Alù, A. Overvig, S. Mann, and J.R. Nolen, “Thermal Metasurface” and “Thermal metasurface combining local and non-local light-matter interactions”, US Patent Apps. 63/192,292 and 17/751,078.

A. Alù, A. Overvig, S. Guo, Y. Zhou, M. Lucente, “Metasurface spectro-polarimeter”, US Patent App. 17/586,374

N. Yu, A. Overvig, S. Malek, “Multifunctional Resonant and Leaky-wave Metasurfaces Based on Symmetry-Breaking Perturbations”, US Patent 11,675,219

N. Yu, A. Overvig, and S. Shrestha, “Systems and methods for controlling electromagnetic radiation,” US Patent App. 16/791,618

N. Yu, A. Overvig, and S. Shrestha, “Broadband achromatic flat optical components by dispersion-engineered dielectric metasurfaces,” US Patent App. 16/692,551

N. Yu, J. Mandal, A. Overvig, and N. Shi, “Systems and methods for radiative cooling and heating,” US 10,386,097 B2 (Aug. 20, 2019).

Selected Publications

Full list of publications available at

Selected publications:

H. Huang, A. Overvig, Y. Xu, S. Malek, C.-C. Tsai, A. Alù, and N. Yu,
“Leaky-wave metasurfaces for integrated photonics”,
Nature Nanotechnology 8, 580-588 (2023).

A. Overvig and A. Alù,
“Diffractive Nonlocal Metasurfaces”,
Laser & Photonics Reviews 16, 2100633 (2022). [Cover]

A. Overvig, S. Mann, and A. Alù,
“Thermal Metasurfaces: Complete Emission Control by Combining Local and Nonlocal Light-Matter Interactions”,
Physical Review X 11, 021050 (2021).

A. Overvig and A. Alù,
“Wavefront-selective Fano resonant metasurfaces”,
Advanced Photonics 3, 026002 (2021). [Cover]

A. Overvig, N. Yu, and A. Alù,
“Chiral Quasibound States in the Continuum”,
Physical Review Letters 126, 073001 (2021).

A. Overvig, S. Malek, and N. Yu,
“Multifunctional Nonlocal Metasurfaces”,
Physical Review Letters 125, 017402 (2020).

A. Overvig, S. Malek, M. Carter, S. Shrestha, and N. Yu,
“Selection rules for quasibound states in the continuum”,
Physical Review B 102, 035434 (2020).

A. Overvig, S. Shrestha, S. Malek, M. Lu, A. Stein, C. Zheng, and N. Yu,
“Dielectric metasurfaces for complete and independent control of optical amplitude and phase”,
Light: Science & Applications 8, 92 (2019).

S. Shrestha, A. Overvig, M. Lu, A. Stein, and N. Yu,
“Broadband achromatic dielectric metalenses”,
Light: Science & Applications 7, 85 (2018).

A. Overvig, S. Shrestha, and N. Yu,
“Dimerized high contrast gratings”,
Nanophotonics 7, 1157-1168 (2018).