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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.
Photonic Metamaterials: From Linear to Nonlinear Optics
14 Dec 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Natalia Litchinitser
Metamaterials open unparalleled opportunities for "engineering" previously inaccessible values of refractive indices from positive to near-zero and even negative values, and new avenues for light...
Anti-Reflection Coating Assignment
30 Nov 2010 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Alex Small
This is a guided activity for students to study the design of an anti-reflection coating. The student is first asked to do a simple calculation by hand, to determine the proper thickness for an...
PhotonicsCL: Photonic Cylindrical Multilayer Lenses
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05 Nov 2010 | Tools | Contributor(s): Xingjie Ni, Fan Gu, Ludmila Prokopeva, Alexander V. Kildishev
Full wave simulation of cylindrical transformation optical lenses
2010 Nano-Biophotonics Summer School @ UIUC Lecture 7 - Pathology of blood and tissue biopsies - NanoBiophotonics
26 Oct 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Krishna Tangella
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2010 Nano-Biophotonics Summer School @ UIUC Lecture 6 - Biomedicine - Intro to cellular bioengineering
25 Oct 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Yingxiao Wang
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iOptics Seminar Series Lecture 3: Single Molecule Investigation of Nucleic Acid Motor Proteins
13 Oct 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Su-A Myong
When looking down on streets of Chicago from the 30th floor of a skyscraper, one would see a high density of cars and people buzzing around all over the place. It would appear as if everyone was...
Nano*High: X-rays, Lasers, and Molecular Movies
25 Sep 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Roger W. Falcone
X-ray imaging is an excellent method to make visible what would normally be invisible - who hasn't had an X-ray at the doctor or dentist's office before? At the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab,...
2010 Nano-Biophotonics Summer School @ UIUC Lecture 5 - Biomedicine - A tour of the Cell
25 Sep 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Marina Marjanovic
2010 Nano-Biophotonics Summer School @ UIUC Lecture 3 - Fourier optics - Nonlinear optics - Microscopy
25 Sep 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Kimani C Toussaint
Ray optics-Limit of wave optics when wavelength is
Wave optics-provides a description of optical
phenomena using scalar wave theory
Electromagnetic optics- provides...
2010 Nano-Biophotonics Summer School @ UIUC Lecture 4 - Gaussian beam propagation - Elastic light scattering - Dynamic light scattering
25 Sep 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Gabriel Popescu
Often, experiments involve light beams. A light beam can be defined as a distribution of field that fulfills the approximation in Eq. 20,
i.e. is characterized by a dominant wave vector...
2010 Nano-Biophotonics Summer School @ UIUC Lecture 1 - Introduction
20 Sep 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Rashid Bashir, Stephen Boppart
Illinois NANO-EP Seminar: Photonic Crystal Nanolasers
15 Sep 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Kent D. Choquette
We discuss the application of nanotechnology to engineer optical properties of semiconductors for unprecedented confinement of both photons and electrons to develop the next generation of lasers...
Solar Cells Operation and Modeling
19 Jul 2010 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck
This set of slides decribes the basic principles of operation of various generations on solar cells with emphasis to single crystalline solar cells. Next, semiconductor equations that describe the...
Solar Cells Numerical Solution
08 Jun 2010 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Dragica Vasileska
This is an MS Thesis of Balaji Padmanabhan, a student of Prof. Vasileska. It describes numerical solution details for the 3D drift-diffusion equations as applied to modeling 1D-3D solar cells.
Physical and Mathematical Description of the Operation of Photodetectors
This set of slides describes physical and mathematical description of the operation of photodetectors including important figures of merit.
Illinois iOptics Seminar Series
17 May 2010 | Series | Contributor(s): Gabriel Popescu, Mustafa Mir, Vikram Chaudhery, Brian Cunningham
The Optical Society of America and the SPIE local student chapters are sponsoring the 2nd iOptics seminar series.The series includes lectures from graduate students, post-docs and faculty working...
Illinois iOptics Lecture 3: A tissue scattering-phase theorem
17 May 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Gabriel Popescu
We have derived two mathematical relationships between quantitative phase images of thin tissue slices and the scattering parameters of the bulk, i.e. scattering mean free path, ls, and anisotropy...
Illinois iOptics Lecture 5: Deposited Nanorod Films for Biosensor Applications
17 May 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Brian Cunningham
Planar photonic crystals have been used as the basis of many biological sensing devices. Here, we successfully demonstrated that the combination of a photonic crystal structure and a dielectric...
Illinois iOptics Lecture 2: Curavature induced time-domain impedance
17 May 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Jont B. Allen
Abstract for this talk is available as a PDF in supporting materials. Click here to view.
iOptics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign,
Optical Society of America...
Renewable Energy Sources
17 May 2010 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Dragica Vasileska
This presentation in pictures describes possibilities and utilization of alternative (green) sources of energy. Many sources contributed in the creation of this...