Institute of Communications and Connected Systems


Online Seminar | Plasmonics for nanophotonics

01 July 2020, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Image of bright waves resembling plasmonic waves on a surface

In this seminar Professor Anatoly Zayats will discuss the application of plasmonics to nanophotonic devices, emphasizing work towards realising functionalities such as all-optical and electro-optical modulation, nanoscale light sources, as well as polarisation and dispersion management.

This event is free.

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All | UCL staff | UCL students






Robert Thompson – Institute of Communications and Connected Systems

Plasmonics for nanophotonics

Plasmonics makes use of coupling between electromagnetic waves and free-electron excitations at the interface of good conductors.The electromagnetic field of these surface plasmons is strongly confined and enhanced at the interfaces, providing an opportunity for optical signal manipulation in ultracompact, subwavelength devices.These properties are especially suitable for development of active integrated components which can be used within purely plasmonic waveguide circuitry or incorporated into photonic, e.g., Si-based, waveguides to achieve desired functionality which is difficult to realise by other means.Going beyond conventional plasmonic materials, such as Au and Ag, new material platforms based on CMOS compatible metals such as Al and Cu, highly doped semiconductors, transparent conductive oxides and metamaterials have been developed. 

In this talk I will discuss various realisations and applications of plasmonic components for enhancing performance of integrated nanophotonic devices with particular emphasis on active functionalities, such as all-optical and electro-optical modulation, nanoscale light sources, as well polarisation and dispersion management. 

ICCS Chair

This session will be chaired by: Professor Izzat Darwazeh, ICCS Director

Attending the seminar 

The Seminar will be held on the Zoom platform. Details of how to access Zoom can be found on their website.

Please click this URL to join. https://zoom.us/j/95317624069
Webinar ID: 953 1762 4069
Password: Will be distributed to ICCS members or can be requested by email iccs@ucl.ac.uk

About the ICCS online seminar series

The ICCS seminar series is designed to bring together members of our community who are currently away from our home in Bloomsbury and distributed across the world. The Seminars are being curated to provide academic exploration and inspiration, offering insights into a range of topics surrounding communications and connected systems. Topics will either explore subjects close to the work of our academics or introduce wider concepts from experts in the global academic and industrial community.

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The seminar will begin with a presentation aimed at a technical audience, but at a level that will be accessible to those from a range of engineering disciplines. Speakers have been asked to end their presentations with a technical challenge or delving deeper into the content to engage those more invested in the topic. 

The seminar series is designed to offer a compact exploration of ranging topics and is therefore short in format. The presentation will run for 15 - 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of questions.
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About the Speaker

Professor Anatoly Zayats

Head of the Photonics & Nanotechnology Group at Kings College London

Professor Anatoly V. Zayats is a Chair in Experimental Physics and the head of the Photonics and Nanotechnology at the Department of Physics, King’s College London, where he also leads Nano-optics and Near-field Spectroscopy Laboratory (www.nano-optics.org.uk). He is a Co-Director of the London Centre for Nanotechnology and the London Institute of Advanced Light Technologies.

His current research interests are in the areas of nanophotonics, plasmonics, metamaterials, optical spin-orbit effects, scanning probe microscopy, nonlinear and ultrafast optics and spectroscopy, and optical properties of surfaces, thin films, semiconductors and low-dimensional structures. He is a founding co-editor-in-chief of Advanced Photonics. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Optical Society of America, SPIE and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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