Gain a wide view on the physics of light interaction with metal nanostructures. In this course, you will learn about the whole diversity of unique effects appearing at the junction of nanotechnology, subwavelength optics, quantum mechanics, and solid state physics. You will find out how giant field enhancement near metallic nanostructures can be used for detecting single biomolecule, and whether it is possible to build a nanometer scale laser.
Within the framework of the course, we will discuss in details the fundamental principles of light interaction with plasma oscillations in solid state. By passing our course you will:
step-by-step learn the field of plasmonics starting from optical properties of metals to the latest applications of plasmonic nanostructures
get the minimal theoretical background, which will be illustrated and supported by the describing experimental techniques and discussing the cutting edge scientific results.
get a hands-on experience on how to describe the plasmons in various nanostructures such as single metallic nanoparticles, nanoparticle oligomers and periodic arrays, plasmonic waveguides and wires.
In the final part of the course, you will have an overview of application of plasmonics in chemical biosensing, nanolasing, light trapping, and optomechanical control.
The course is divided into five sections:
Electromagnetic properties of metals
Localized surface plasmon resonances
Applications of plasmonics
This course is aimed for graduate and undergraduate students who are majoring in physics and engineering science related to optics. As well as researchers who want to gain or deepen their knowledge in the field of modern photonics. This course can give a boost to your educational or academic career, and potentially will stimulate you to conduct your own research in this field.
Week 1: Optical properties of metals
Maxwell’s equations, dielectric function of metals, Drude-Lorentz approximaion, plasma frequency of metals, skin depth, and absorption in metals
Week 2: Bulk plasmon polaritons
Field distribution and dispersion of surface-plasmon polaritons, methods of excitation, plasmonic waveguide, spoof plasmons
Longitudinal and transversal electromagnetic wave in plasma, bulk plasmons, spatial dispersion, waves in anisotropic plasma
Week 3: Surface plasmon-polaritons
Particles in electromagnetic field, Mie theory, scattering and absorption cross-sections, localized plasmon resonance of a spherical metal nanoparticle
Basic fabrication and optical characterization methods
Week 4: Localized plasmons in nanostructures
Spheroid and elongated nanoparticles, core-shell structures, void plasmons
Higher order resonances harmonics beyond quasistatic approximation, basics of Mie theory
Week 5: Applications of plasmonics
Plasmonic dimer, oligomer and chain structures for field enhancement and energy transport; two-dimensional arrays of plasmonic particles for reflection and refraction control;
Radiation enhancement and quenching via plasmonic structures, Surface-enhanced Raman scattering, plasmonic waveguide for quantum cascade lasers, solar energy harvesting with plasmonic structures, plasmonic structures for optomechanics