Plasmonic Metamaterials: Unusual Optics and Applications

By Igor Smolyaninov

Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

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Surface plasmon-polaritons (or plasmons) are collective excitations of the conduction electrons and the electromagnetic field on the surface of such good metals as gold and silver. Near the frequency of surface plasmon resonance plasmons may perceive regular dielectrics as negative index metamaterials. As a result, unusual microscopy, lithography, and waveguiding devices may be realized. Nonlinear optics of these metamaterials is also extremely interesting. I will de- scribe recent experiments on plasmon-induced inverse Faraday effect in plasmonic metamateri- als. The plasmonic control of the spins opens new interesting avenues for all-optical ultrafast control of the magnetization at a nanometer length scale.


Igor Smolyaninov is a Principal Electronic Engineer at BAE Systems. He received his Ph.D. from the Kapitza Institute for Physical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has published 6 review articles and more than 80 journal papers in various areas of nanophotonics, low temperature physics, and optical wireless communication.

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