SF Bay Area Nanotechnology Council


February 20th, 2018: Nanostructured Optical Materials for Extreme Waveform Control

Nanostructured Optical Materials for Extreme Waveform Control

Prof. Jonathan Fan, Electrical Engineering, Stanford
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018  11:30 AM – 1:00  PM

Please note that the venue has changed to:
Plug and Play Tech Center
440 N Wolfe Rd, Sunnyvale, CA 94085

This location is just a few minutes from our previous venue at Texas Instruments

Plug and Play Tech Center is the world’s largest startup accelerator. They are co-sponsoring this event.

Cost $6, discount for IEEE Members, Students & Unemployed.

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In this talk, I will discuss a new class of optical materials, termed metamaterials, that are the basis for ultra-compact optical devices, ranging from gratings to lenses. These artificially structured materials consist of ensembles of metal and dielectric nanostructures, and have wavefront responses that can be precisely tuned based on the precise geometric configuration of these nanostructures. I will discuss the general principles behind the design of metamaterials and introduce a new class of ultra-high efficiency metamaterials that are designed using topology optimization. These devices utilize qualitatively new types of light-matter interactions based on strong near-field interactions between the nanostructures, and they enable new diffractive optics phenomena compared to the current state-of-the-art. To demonstrate the power and versatility of our design approach, I will present devices that can efficiently deflect light to extreme angles, exhibit anomalous refraction, and multiplex different beam steering functions for differing wavelengths. I will also discuss and demonstrate how these concepts can generalize to ultra-high efficiency, large numerical aperture metalenses. We envision that high performance computational design and big data approaches will be essential to defining and designing the next generation of nano-based optical devices.

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Jonathan Fan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where he is researching new design methodologies and materials approaches to nanophotonic systems. He received his bachelor’s degree with highest honors from Princeton University and his doctorate from Harvard University, where he worked with Federico Capasso. He is the recipient of the Air Force Young Investigator Award, Sloan Foundation Fellowship in Physics, Packard Foundation Fellowship, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, which is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their research careers.


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