Nanophotonics for surface-enhanced light/matter interactions

Berliner Physikalisches Kolloquium

Th, 12.12.2019 18:30  –   Th, 12.12.2019 20:30
Prof. Dr. Stefan A. Maier, Hybride Nanosysteme, Fakultät für Physik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Magnus-Haus Berlin
Am Kupfergraben 7, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Event partner:
Magnus-Haus Berlin , Freie Universität Berlin , Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin , Technische Universität Berlin , Universität Potsdam , Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Stiftung , Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin e. V.
Contact person:
Andreas Böttcher,
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Eine gemeinsame Veranstaltung der Physikalischen Gesellschaft zu Berlin e.V., der Freien Universität Berlin, der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, der Technischen Universität Berlin und der Universität Potsdam ‒ gefördert durch die Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Stiftung

Metallic and dielectric nanostructures provide distinct and unique means for shaping the electro-magnetic near field, and for channeling radiation from the far field to the nanoscale. The associated electromagnetic field hot spots can be exploited for the enhancement of interactions between light and matter, most prominently for surface-enhanced spectroscopy and sensing, the boosting of nonlinear interactions, and also for nanoscale spatial control over chemical reactions. In my lecture I will give an introduction into the basic physics of the underlying electromagnetic and mixed light/matter modes in plasmonic (metallic), dielectric, and phonon-polaritonic systems, each providing unique light confinement opportunities from the UV to the mid-infrared part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Application examples in surface-enhanced Raman, fluorescence, and infrared absorption spectroscopy as well as nonlinear photonics and nanochemistry will be given.

Moderation: Oliver Benson, Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin