Nano-Institute Munich: Experimental Physics / Nanophotonics (Maier/Menezes) 1 

Department / Institute
Physics Department / Chair of Hybrid Nanosystems
Subject area
Experimental Physics / Nanophotonics
Name of Supervisors
Prof. Dr. Stefan A. Maier / Prof. Dr. Leonardo de Souza Menezes
Number of open positions
1
Project title
Active metaoptics
Language requirements
Applicants should be fluent in English.
Academic requirements
Applicants should have a good knowledge in advanced electromagnetic theory and strong knowledge in optical characterization techniques. Skills with computational simulations are highly desirable.
Contact
Stefan Maier
Email: Stefan.Maier@physik.uni-muenchen.de
and
Leonardo de Souza Menezes
Email: L.Menezes@physik.uni-muenchen.de

Project description

Nanophotonics has led to a huge progress in understanding of light–matter interaction many approaches have been paving the way to full control of light at the nanoscale. By nanostructuring diverse materials (metal/plasmonic, dielectric, critical media etc…), one aims at nanoscale controlling of amplitude, phase and polarization of the electromagnetic field, possibly leading to diverse application possibilities, like in biosensing, quantum and nonlinear optics, wavefront shaping, data storage and displays. For example, recent progress in dielectric metasurfaces allows the design and fabrication of flat optics devices that show potential to replace conventional bulk optics. One important approach is micro- and nanoscale patterning of nanophotonic systems designed to work at optical frequencies ranging from the UV to the mid-infrared regions results in building blocks which geometries and arrangement can be set or reconfigurable after fabrication. Such low-dimensional devices are static, which makes the dynamic variation of their physical properties very challenging. Certainly, modern nanophotonic applications would fully benefit from elements showing tunable and reconfigurable properties, and as such these systems will surely present high scientific and technological impact.

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