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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.
Energy and Nanoscience A More Perfect Union
29 Mar 2009 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark A. Ratner
Huge problems of energy and sustainability confront the science/engineering community, mankind, and our planet. The energy problem comes in many dimensions, including supply, demand, conservation,...
PhotonicsRT: Wave Propagation in Multilayer Structures
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18 Dec 2008 | Tools | Contributor(s): Satoshi Ishii, Uday K. Chettiar, Xingjie Ni, Alexander V. Kildishev
The tool calculates the reflection, transmission and absorption of light passing through a lamellar structure with uniform isotropic layers.
Nano-Plasmonic Bowtie Antenna Simulator
15 Dec 2008 | Tools | Contributor(s): Alexander S McLeod, Jeffrey B. Neaton, P. James Schuck, Eugene Song, Graham Chapman
A tool for simulating the near-field enhancement effects of nano-scale bowtie antennae.
Functional Graded Materials architectures applied at nanoscale: thin PVD nanograded and layered coatings
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14 Oct 2008 | Papers | Contributor(s): Vasco Teixeira
Functionally graded materials (FGM’s) are designed to achieve levels of performance superior to that of homogeneous materials by combining the desirable properties of each constituent phase....
Local dielectric function of nanomaterial
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Is there any significant deviation observed in local/microscopic dielectric function (both real and imaginary part)of nanostructure material from the same for bulk material? If this deviation...
Illinois ECE 460 Principles of Optical Imaging (Fall 2008)
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30 Jul 2008 | 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 Optical Imaging, Chapter 6: Interferometry
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30 Jul 2008 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Gabriel Popescu, Andre da Costa, Christopher Nixon, Glen Svenningsen
This chapter explains the principles of interferometry, among its topics are: Superposition of fields, Monochromatic Fields, many type of interferometry, Temporal Coherence, etc.Notes developed by...
Illinois ECE 460 Optical Imaging, Chapter 1: Introduction to Optical Imaging
29 Jul 2008 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Gabriel Popescu, Andre da Costa, Christopher Nixon, Glen Svenningsen
This presentation introduce some basic but fundamental concepts related to optical imaging: Electrical Magnetic Field, Frequency Domain, Measurable Quantities and the Uncertainty Principle. These...
Illinois ECE 460 Optical Imaging, Chapter 2: A Mathematical Toolbox for Optical Imaging
The objective of this presentation is to introduce the students to a set of tools that will be useful throughout the course, among these tools are: Green's Function, Fourier Transforms, Basic...
Illinois ECE 460 Optical Imaging, Chapter 3: Imaging
This chapter presents Geometrical Optics and also Fourier Optics, two important topics that precede Microscopy. Some of the covered concepts are: Fermat's Principle, Snell's Law, Thick and Thin...
Illinois ECE 460 Optical Imaging, Chapter 4: Microscopy
This chapter presents the main concepts and techniques of Microscopy: Resolution, Contrast, Dark Field Microscopy, Schlieren Method, Phase Contrast Microscopy, Quantitative Phase Microscopy and...
Illinois ECE 460 Optical Imaging, Chapter 5: Light Scattering
This chapter covers important topics related to Light Scattering: Simple particles, Rayleigh Scattering, The Born Approximation, Spatial Correlation, Ensemble of Particles, The Transport Equation,...
Hyperlens Layer Designer
28 Jul 2008 | Tools | Contributor(s): Matt Swanson, Alexander V. Kildishev, Xingjie Ni
Design a hyperlens using concentric cylindrical layers of various materials
Hyperlens Design Solver
28 Jul 2008 | Tools | Contributor(s): Matt Swanson, Xingjie Ni, zubin jacob, Alexander V. Kildishev
Simulates a cylindrical hyperlens design to obtain resulting field intensities
MIT Photonic Bands
24 Jul 2008 | Tools | Contributor(s): Carlos Montalvo, Jing Ouyang, Minghao Qi
Compute the band structures and electromagnetic modes of periodic dielectric structures.
Designer Atoms: Engineering Rydberg Atoms Using Pulsed Electric Fields
01 Jul 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): F. Barry Dunning
Advances in experimental technique allow application of pulsed unidirectional electric fields, termed half-cycle pulses (HCPs), to Rydberg atoms whose characteristic times are much less than the...
NCN Nanophotonics and Metamaterials
Nanophotonics involves light and matter interacting on the nanoscale; while biophotonics addresses the ways that light and biological matter interact. Nanophotonics is especially relevant to the...
90 Degrees Beam Propagation
24 Jun 2008 | Tools | Contributor(s): Carlos Montalvo, Derrick Kearney, Jing Ouyang, Minghao Qi
Calculation of beam propagation in dielectric waveguides
NCN Nanophotonics: Research Seminars
20 Jun 2008 | Series
Many research seminars are available on the nanoHUB. Listed below are a few that discuss new optical properties and metamaterial device possiblities.