Enabling Nanophotonics with Plasmonics and Metamaterials

Seminar
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
7:00 PM
ART 1.102
Free and open to the public

Manipulating and controlling photons on nanoscale needed for the nanophotonic circuitry and other important applications requires novel plasmonic metamaterials with unique properties. Recent progress in the development of optical metamaterials allows unprecedented control over the flow of light on the nanoscales. Metamaterials (MMs) are rationally designed artificial materials with versatile properties that can be tailored to fit almost any practical need and thus go well beyond what can be obtained with “natural” materials. In this talk, we review the exciting field of optical metamaterials and discuss the recent progress in developing tunable and active MMs, nanolasers, and a new means for engineering the photonic density of states with MMs. Novel plasmonic materials with superior properties based on transparent conducting oxides and ceramics will be outlined. Finally, we consider a new approach for controlling light by using 2D meta-surfaces.

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Speaker

Vladimir M. Shalaev

Vladimir M. Shalaev

Birck Nanotechnology Center and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Purdue University

Scientific Director for Nanophotonics in Birck Nanotechnology Center and Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, specializes in nanophotonics, plasmonics, and optical metamaterials. Vlad Shalaev received several awards for his research in the field of nanophotonics and metamaterials, including the Max Born Award of the Optical Society of America for his pioneering contributions to the field of optical metamaterials, the Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics, and the UNESCO Medal for the development of nanosciences and nanotechnologies. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, APS, SPIE, and OSA. Prof. Shalaev authored three books, twenty-six invited book chapters and over 400 research publications. Three papers from the Shalaev group are in the top 10 most cited out of over 250 000 papers published in optics since 2005. His H-factor is 66 (according to Google Scholar).