Extreme Platforms for Extreme Photonics

Hosted By: Optical Material Studies Technical Group

6 June 2017, 13:00 - 14:00

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Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and materials science and engineering have experienced significant development in recent years. Material platforms with unprecedented “extreme” electromagnetic features can now be constructed, providing ample opportunities for manipulating, tailoring and sculpting waves and fields at various length scales. Such structures enable game-changing possibilities for exploiting fields and waves at the nanoscale, opening doors to innovative functional devices.

Some of the phenomena in wave-matter interaction in platforms with extreme scenarios include optical metatronic circuits, informatic materials, near-zero-index photonics, one-atom-thick optical devices, photonic doping, geometry-independent cavities, and extreme nonreciprocity, just to name a few. In this webinar hosted by the OSA Optical Material Studies Technical Group, Dr. Nader Engheta from the University of Pennsylvania will discuss some of these extreme platforms for extreme photonics and will forecast future directions and opportunities.  

What You Will Learn:

  • Attendees will learn about the latest advances in metamaterial nanophotonics into emerging areas of composites such as  epsilon-near-zero (ENZ),  mu-near-zero (MNZ),  and epsilon-and-mu near-zero (EMNZ) structures, as examples of  “extreme”  scenarios of electrodynamics of materials media, with the goal of doing nanoscale information processing.
Who Should Attend:
  • The webinar should be of interest to physicists, optical scientists , electrical engineers and materials scientists who would like to expand the current understanding of electrodynamics and materials interactions.


Nader Engheta

Nader Engheta is the H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, with affiliations in the Departments of Electrical and Systems Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, Materials Science and Engineering, and Bioengineering. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Tehran, and his M.S and Ph.D. degrees from Caltech. He is a Fellow of seven international scientific and technical societies, i.e., IEEE, OSA, APS, MRS, SPIE, URSI, and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has received the honorary doctoral degrees from the Aalto University in Finland in 2016 and from the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 2016.His current research activities span a broad range of areas including nanophotonics, metamaterials, graphene optics, imaging and sensing inspired by eyes of animal species, and physics and engineering of fields and waves.