Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Applications of Light-Matter Interactions in Optical Nanostructures

Steve Hughes
Optical Science Laboratory, NTT Basic Research Labs, Atsugi, Japan

Monday, January 24, 2005
1:30 PM @ Stirling C

Abstract:

Nanophotonics offers a world whose opportunity may be analogous to the rocketing of technology that took off in the 60’s. However, many new problems come about when trying to exploit interactions in the nanoscale regime that challenge our fundamental understanding at the most basic level. This talk discusses some of the unique complexities and opportunities that arise when studying and exploiting light-matter interactions in optical nanostructures. Based on some of our recent theoretical and numerical modeling work, several important topics with optical nanostructures will be introduced, including:
The role of manufacturing disorder on optical scattering loss in photonic crystal waveguides; and 

  1. Modified spontaneous emission dynamics from single quantum dots using nanocavities.
  2. Applications will be emphasized throughout and a close connection to recent experiments will be made or shown directly.

The speaker is a candidate for the ATOP-funded Assistant Professorship in Engineering Physics.

Refreshments will be available in the Departmental coffee lounge following the talk.