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When optical components are reduced to the nanoscale, they exhibit interesting properties that can be harnessed to create new devices. For example, imagine a block of material with thin layers of alternating materials. This creates a periodic arrangement of alternating dielectric constants, forming a "photonic crystal" that is analogous to the electronic crystals used in semiconductor devices. Photonic crystals, along with quantum dots and other devices patterned at the nanoscale, may form the basis for sensors and switches used in computers and telecommunications. More information on Nanophotonics can be found here.
Curriculum on Nanotechnology
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27 Jan 2005 | Courses
To exploit the opportunities that nanoscience is giving us, engineers will need to learn how to think about materials, devices, circuits, and systems in new ways. The NCN seeks to bring the new...
ECE 695s Nanophotonics
31 Aug 2006 | Courses | Contributor(s): Vladimir M. Shalaev
Welcome to the ECE 695S lectures
The course will cover nanoscale processes and devices and their applications for
manipulating light on the nanoscale. The following topics will be...
Illinois ECE 460 Optical Imaging
03 Nov 2011 | Courses | Contributor(s): Gabriel Popescu
Introduction to visible and infrared imaging systems covering fields, optical elements, electronic sensors, and embedded processing systems. Lectures and labs cover active and passive...
Illinois ECE 460 Principles of Optical Imaging (Fall 2008)
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30 Jul 2008 | Courses | Contributor(s): Gabriel Popescu
Illinois Nano EP Seminar Series
23 Feb 2011 | Courses | Contributor(s): Akash Garg, Albert Liao, Omar N Sobh
The Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics (NANO-EP) seminar focuses on topics that span the fields of nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, nanobioelectronics, and others with biweekly talks. The seminar's...
Metamaterials: A New Paradigm of Physics and Engineering
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01 May 2008 | Courses | Contributor(s): Vladimir M. Shalaev
Three part lecture on metamaterials. Metamaterials are expected to open a gateway to unprecedented electromagnetic properties and functionality unattainable from naturally occurring materials,...
PHYS 620: Optical Properties of Solids
13 Feb 2013 | Courses | Contributor(s): Roberto Merlin
INTRODUCTION, ELECTRODYNAMICS OF CONTINUOUS MEDIA (Maxwell’s equations. Permittivity and permeability. Scattering).
[Illinois] ECE 398: Electronic and Photonic Devices
07 Feb 2011 | Courses | Contributor(s): Kent D Choquette
Fall Semester, 2010
A first course on active and passive photonic devices and applications. Optical processes in dielectric and semiconductor materials discussed including waveguide...