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Applied Physics 483 Optics & Electronics Seminar: Enabling novel light phenomena at the subwavelength scale

Enabling novel light phenomena at the subwavelength scale
Monday, November 15, 2021 - 4:15pm
Prof Marin Soljačić (MIT)
Abstract / Description: 

By nano-structuring materials at length scales smaller than the wavelength of light, one can create effective materials, exhibiting optical properties unparalleled in any naturally occurring materials. This talk will present our work in three areas of research that have recently been of particular interest to the nanophotonics community: plasmonics, interaction of free electrons with materials, and artificial intelligence. First, via plasmonics, one can spatially confine light by orders of magnitude compared to light confinement in regular materials; conventional Maxwell's equations are no longer suitable for modelling this regime. Second, nanophotonics can be used to tailor emission of light from fast free electrons when they interact with nanostructured materials. Third, numerical simulations of nanophotonics phenomena can often reproduce real experiments very closely: this makes nanophotonics a great training-ground for developing and studying new AI algorithms for science.

Bio: Marin Soljacic is a Professor of Physics at MIT. He is a founder of WiTricity Corporation (2007), LuxLabs (2017), and Lightelligence (2017). His main research interests are in artificial intelligence as well as electromagnetic phenomena, focusing on nanophotonics, non-linear optics, and wireless power transfer. He received numerous awards for his work, including: the Adolph Lomb medal from the Optical Society of America (2005), the TR35 award of the Technology Review magazine (2006), MacArthur fellowship "genius" grant (2008), Blavatnik National Award (2014). In 2011 he became a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum.