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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.
[Illinois] ECE 460 Optical Imaging Fall 2011 Lecture 1: Introduction
26 Aug 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Gabriel Popescu
Scalar fields, geometrical optics, wave optics, Gaussian beams, Fourier optics, spatial and temporal coherence, microscopy, interference chromatic and geometric aberrations, Jones matrices, waveplates, electromagnetic fields, and electro-optic and acousto-optic effects. Laboratory covers...
16 Aug 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Jignesh Lathigara
29 Jul 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Yongxin Yao
A simple cut-paste-mutation genetic evolution method
CHM 696 Lecture 13: Optical Properties of Metal Nanoparticles and Nanoparticle Assemblies III
02 Jun 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Alexander Wei
Illinois Tools: Optics Lab
19 May 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Zuhaib Bashir Sheikh, Nahil Sobh
Simulate the passage of light through multiple lenses
Illinois Tools: Biconvex Lens
18 Apr 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Nahil Sobh, Zuhaib Bashir Sheikh
Apperture controlled 2D bi-convex lens with toggling capability
Invisible cloaks and the perfect lens
14 May 2011 | | Contributor(s):: John Pendry
Refractive materials gives us some limited control of light: we can fashion lenses, and construct waveguides, but complete control of light is beyond simple refracting materials. Ideally we might wish to channel and direct light as we please just as we might divert the flow of a fluid....
NanoDays - Metamaterials, Transformation Optics and Cloaking
13 May 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Vladimir M. Shalaev
Illinois Tools: Nanoparticles Array Lab
10 May 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Zuhaib Bashir Sheikh, Nahil Sobh
Simulate the effect of interaction of light with an array of metallic nanoparticles
CHM 696 Lecture 12: Optical Properties of Metal Nanoparticles and Nanoparticle Assemblies II
05 May 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Alexander Wei
CHM 696 Lecture 11: Optical Properties of Metal Nanoparticles and Nanoparticle Assemblies I
03 May 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Alexander Wei
Trends in Nanoplasmonics: Smaller, Stronger, Faster!
22 Apr 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Mark I Stockman
Nanoplasmonics deals with collective electron dynamics on the surface of metal nanostructures, which arises due to excitations called surface plasmons. The surface plasmons localize and concentrate optical energy in nanoscopic regions creating highly enhanced local optical fields. They undergo...
A Half Century of Nonlinear Optics
11 Mar 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Robert W. Boyd
In this talk, we first present a review of the development of the field of nonlinear optics, and we then survey some areas of recent research including quantum imaging and implications of the ability to control the group velocity of light.
Illinois CNST Annual Nanotechnology Workshop 2010 Lecture 7: Approaches for Photonic Crystal Membrane Nanolaser Diodes
30 Jan 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Kent D Choquette
Negative Refraction, Light Pressure and Attraction, Equation E=mc2 and Wave-particle Dualism
24 Feb 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Victor G. Veselago
The process of transfer of radiation from the emitter to the receiver is considered. It is shown that the mass transferred by radiation is not always associated with portable energy by Einstein's relation E = mc ^ 2.
Illinois Nano EP Seminar Series
28 Jan 2011 | | 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 goal is to promote interaction and discussion in the nano field, particularly amongst the faculty...
Optimize Solar Cells
10 Feb 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska
In this presentation different avenues used to enhance the performance of solar cells are explained.
Illinois CNST Annual Nanotechnology Workshop 2010 Lecture 3: Nanobionics: From Quantum, Synthetic to Systems Nanobiotechnology and Molecular Medicine
30 Jan 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Logan Liu
Modeling of Light Emitting Diodes with SILVACO
06 Feb 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska
Simulation of LEDs with SILVACO is presented.
SILVACO Simulation of Solar Cells
This set of lecture notes describes the SILVACO simulation of Solar Cells. In particular, emphasis is placed on the module LUMINOUS.