Technical Conference:
14 – 19 May 2017
16 – 18 May 2017

SC376 - Plasmonics

Monday, 15 May
09:00 - 12:00

Short Course Level: Beginner

Instructor: Mark Brongersma, Stanford Univ., USA

Short Course Description:

Plasmonics is an exciting new field of science and technology that aims to exploit the unique optical properties of metallic nanostructures to enable routing and active manipulation of light at the nanoscale. Nanometallic objects derive these properties from their ability to support collective electron excitations, known as surface plasmons (SPs). Presently we are witnessing an explosive growth in both the number and range of plasmonics applications; it is becoming eminently clear that both new fundamental science and device technologies are being enabled by the current plasmonics revolution. The intention of this tutorial is to give the participants a fundamental background and working knowledge of the main physical ideas used in plasmonics, as well as an overview of modern trends in research and applications.

The Short Course will begin with a general overview of the field of plasmonics. This will be followed by an introduction to the basic concepts that enable one to understand and design a range of plasmonic functionalities. This part will be followed by an in-depth discussion of a range of active and passive plasmonic devices that have recently emerged. Particular attention will be given to nanometallic structures in which surface plasmons can be generated, routed, switched, amplified, and detected. It will be shown that the intrinsically small size of plasmonic devices directly results in higher operating speeds and facilitates an improved synergy between optical and electronic components. The field of plasmonics is rapidly growing and has started to provide a whole range of exciting new research and development opportunities that go well beyond chipscale components. A number of such developments will be investigated, including new types of optical sensors, solar cells, quantum plasmonic components, non-linear, and ultrafast devices. At the end of the tutorial, a critical assessment of the entire field is given and some of the truly exciting new opportunities for plasmonics are identified. A comparison of metallic and high-index semiconductor antennas and metamaterials will be made as well.

Short Course Benefits:

This course should enable the participants to:

  • Obtain a working knowledge of the key physical concepts used in Plasmonics that enable light manipulation at ultra small length- and time-scales

  • Understand choices of different metal types, shapes, and sizes to accomplish different plasmonic functionalities.

  • Find out about common electromagnetic computational tools to design plasmonic structures and devices

  • Get a feel for the current state of the field in terms of fundamental understanding as well as device applications

  • Learn about the most recent trends and developments in research and applications

Short Course Audience:

Optical engineers and scientists who are interested in learning about the rapidly emerging field of plasmonics and its potential impact.

Instructor Biography:

Mark Brongersma is a Professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Applied Physics at Stanford University. He received his PhD from the FOM Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1998. From 1998-2001 he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the California Institute of Technology. His current research is directed towards the development and physical analysis of nanostructured materials that find application in nanoscale optoelectronic devices. He has authored\co-authored over 170 publications, including papers in Science, Nature Photonics, Nature Materials, and Nature Nanotechnology. He also holds a number of patents in the area of Si nanophotonics and plasmonics. Brongersma received a National Science Foundation Career Award, the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, the International Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences (Physics) for his work on plasmonics, and is a Fellow of The Optical Society, SPIE, and the American Physical Society.

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