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Applied Physics 483 Optics & Electronics Seminar presents Four-Dimensional (4D) Metamaterials

Four-Dimensional (4D) Metamaterials
Monday, November 1, 2021 - 12:00pm
Prof Nader Engheta (University of Pennsylvania)
Abstract / Description: 

In light-matter interaction the “space” and the “time” exhibit certain symmetry and duality.  While these variables in electromagnetics are mathematically analogous in many aspects, their roles in wave propagation in material media naturally have certain differences.  Exploring such space-time analogy in electromagnetic metamaterials provide exciting possibilities and new venues for controlling functionalities in light-matter interaction.  Four-dimensional (4D) metamaterials are wave-based, material-based platforms in which some of the material parameters can vary with time (i.e., temporal inhomogeneities) in addition to (or instead of) varying in space (i.e., spatial inhomogeneities).  Such 4D manipulation of waves in these structures lead to exciting wave phenomena. We have been investigating theoretically several scenarios for waves in such 4D metamaterials and have obtained various novel features that can provide potential applications in wave-based devices and components.  In this presentation, I will present some of our most recent results on these topics.

Biography: 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, Bioengineering, and Materials Science and Engineering.  He received his BS degree from the University of Tehran, and his MS and Ph.D. degrees from Caltech.  His current research activities span a broad range of areas including photonics, metamaterials, electrodynamics, microwaves, nano-optics, graphene photonics, imaging and sensing inspired by eyes of animal species, microwave and optical antennas, and physics and engineering of fields and waves.


He has received several awards for his research including the Isaac Newton Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics (UK), Max Born Award from the Optical Society, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, IEEE Pioneer Award in NanotechnologySPIE Gold Medal, the Balthasar van der Pol Gold Medal from the International Union of Radio Science (URSI)the William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, induction to the Canadian Academy of Engineering as an International Fellow, the Fellow of US National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the IEEE Electromagnetics Awardthe Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship Award from DoD, the Wheatstone Lecture in King’s College London, 2006 Scientific American Magazine 50 Leaders in Science and Technology, and the Guggenheim Fellowship.  


He is a Fellow of nine international scientific and technical organizations, i.e., IEEE, OPTICA, APS, MRS, SPIE, URSI, AAAS, IOP and NAI.  He has received the honorary doctoral degrees from the Aalto University in Finland in 2016, the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 2016, and Ukraine’s National Technical University Kharkov Polytechnic Institute in 2017.


This seminar is sponsored by the Department of Applied Physics and the Ginzton Laboratory