Atomic lego for light
July 24th, 2018 FRANK KOPPENS NanoOpto Electronics
ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences

It took only five years to award the Nobel prize to the discovery of graphene, a material that is only one-atom thick. As easy it is to fabricate graphene, with pencil and tape, as remark- able and mysterious the physical properties of this new material are. Graphene, however, is part of a family of thousands of materials that are atomically flat. Many exhibit fascinating properties and new ones are being discovered every day. They also hold great potential for novel opto-electronic applications, such as ultrafast photo-de- tection, optical switches, strong light-matter interactions, flexible electronics etcetera. And by clever combinations, completely new ways of manipulating light have been discovered.

In this talk, I will show that this “atomic lego” can be used to control light and electrons at the atomic length-scale, revealing their intrinsic quantum nature. I will cover both science and applications of this remarkably rapidly expanding field.

Summer Lecture, July 24, 2018, 12:00. Blue Lecture Room