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Algorithmic design of 3D nanophotonic components, E. Johlin

Thursday, January 31, 2019
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Physics & Astronomy Building (PAB)
Room: 100
616-10 Beechwood Pl
London, ON

Department of Physics and Astronomy


Dr. Eric Johlin

Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering
Western University

“Algorithmic design of 3D nanophotonic components”


Nanophotonics is the study of the interaction between photons and structures of sizes comparable to the wavelength of light. The increased significance of the wave-nature of photons at this length scale introduces a wide range of phenomena, including interference, cavity effects, and density of state modifications. The utilization of these nanophotonic effects has become invaluable for an expanding range of applications, from controlling the spontaneous emission rate and the directionality of quantum emitters, to reducing material requirements of solar cells by an order of magnitude.  While highly beneficial, this wave-nature also makes the design of such devices to control light at the nanoscale highly unintuitive, particularly when working with fully 3D geometries. In this talk we explore the use of algorithmic design to address this challenge, creating 3D structures which can control the propagation of light from nanoscale emitters. Specifically, we investigate the use of an evolutionary algorithm to design nanostructured lenses able to control the directivity of the photoluminescence of single gallium arsenide nanowires. Computational and experimental results will be presented, as well as the group’s plans for further exploration of these techniques.

STUDENTS – after the talk, you’re encouraged to return to the 2nd floor Atrium lounge to meet with the speaker.
COFFEE – coffee and cookies will be available in the 2nd floor Atrium lounge at 1:15 p.m.
CELL PHONES – as a courtesy to the speaker and audience, please set your cellphones to “silent” mode. Thanks!
Prof. Lyudmila Goncharova
Jodi Guthrie - Assistant to the Chair
519-661-2111 ext. 86438
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