DLS: Plasmonics: From quantum effects to fano interference and light harvesting
Prof Peter Nordlander
Department of Physics, Rice University, Houston
The “plasmon hybridization” paradigm shows that the plasmon resonances in complex metallic nanostructures interact and hybridize in a manner analogous to how atomic orbitals interact and form collective states in molecules. The insight gained from this concept provides an important conceptual foundation for the development of new plasmonic structures that can serve as substrates for surface enhanced spectroscopies, chemical and biomolecular sensing, and subwavelength passive and active optical devices. The talk is comprised of general overview material interspersed with more specialized “hot topics” such as plasmonic radiative coherence and interference effects, quantum plasmonics, quantum plexcitonics, active plasmonic nanoantennas for enhanced light harvesting, and plasmon induced chemical reactions.
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The Distinguished Lecturer Series (DLS) follows a colloquium format for a broad audience and will be followed by a reception to provide an opportunity for meeting the speaker.