Henk F. Arnoldus

Henk F. Arnoldus

Henk F. Arnoldus

Professor, AMO Physics

140 Hilbun Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Dr. Henk Arnoldus is a Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Mississippi State University. His current theoretical research focusses on near-field optics and nano-photonics. Of particular interest is the behavior of atoms, molecules and nano-particles, located near an interface with a metamaterial, and irradiated by a laser beam. He studies energy flow patterns in the near field (sub-wavelength resolution), modifications of the energy emission rate, and the force exerted on the particles due to the presence of the material. He has published 125 papers, which can be found on his website. Dr. Arnoldus teaches two courses each semester, including his favorite Mathematical Physics classes. In addition, he is Graduate Coordinator for the department, he is a Senior Member of the Optical Society of America, and he recently received his certificate for 25 years of service to the department and MSU.

Graduate Students

  • Zhangjin Xu, 2016 MS, PhD TBD
  • Xin Li, 2008 MS, 2010 PhD, Associate Professor at Millersville University, PA
  • Azmi Al-Masalha, 2012 MS
  • Talant Ruzmetov, 2012 MS
  • Shokir Pardaev, 2011 MS
  • Ruiyuan Mu, 2009 MS
  • Jie Shu, 2009 MS
  • Renat Letfullin, 2002-2004 postdoctoral associate
  • Sungho Kim, 2002 PhD
  • Yu Lin, 2002 PhD
  • Qiuhan Xue, 1999 PhD

Teaching Areas

  • PH 1113 General Physics I
  • PH 1123 General Physics II
  • PH 2213 Physics I
  • PH 2223 Physics II
  • PH 4000/6000 Directed Individual Study
  • PH 8233 Methods of Theoretical Physics I
  • PH 8243 Methods of Theoretical Physics II
  • PH 8313 Electromagnetic Theory
  • PH 8743 Quantum Mechanics I
  • PH 8753 Quantum Mechanics II
  • PH 8990 Special Topics in Physics: Quantum Optics I, Quantum Optics II


  • Ph. D. in Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, 1985
  • M.S. in Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, 1981
  • B.S. in Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, 1980


  • 2011-Present: Professor, Mississippi State University
  • 1997-2011: Associate Professor, Mississippi State University
  • 1994-1997: Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University
  • 1988-1994: Assistant Professor, Villanova University
  • 1985-1988: Postdoctoral Associate, State University of New York
  • 1981-1985: Teaching Assistant, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • 1980-1981: Research Assistant, Eindhoven University of Technology & Institute for Perception Research, The Netherlands

Research Interests

  • Electromagnetic Power Transport with Nanoscale Resolution
  • Near-Field Optics and Nano-photonics near Interfaces
  • Metamaterials

Recent Publications

Honors/Professional Activities

  • Graduate Coordinator for Physics 2015-present
  • Senior Member of the Optical Society of America, 2010-present
  • Editor of International Journal of Theoretical Physics, Group Theory and Nonlinear Optics, 1999-2010
  • Service as help, member, coordinator, organizer, and judge on 60+ committees, councils, evaluations, and various other efforts