Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of New Mexico

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Plasmonics, controlling light with nanostructures

Presented by Professor Alejandro Manjavacas, UNM Physics and Astronomy

The control and manipulation of light is a long-standing scientific ambition with profound implications for the development of technology. One of the most promising routes to achieve this goal involves the use of nanostructures with dimensions comparable to the wavelength of light. Metallic systems are especially interesting due to their ability to support collective oscillations of the conduction electrons, commonly known as surface plasmons. These excitations couple strongly to light, generating very large near-fields, and therefore can be used to manipulate light below the diffraction limit. In this talk, we will review the fundamental concepts of plasmonics and discuss some of the latest research done in the Theoretical Nanophotonics Group of The University of New Mexico.

3:30 pm, Friday, December 8, 2017
Room 125, Dane Smith Hall
Southwest corner of Las Lomas and Yale, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Refreshments will be available before the colloquium, at 3:15 pm, in the lobby of Dane Smith Hall.

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