Research and Education
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Research and Education

The research on photonic nanomaterials is concerned with the interaction of light with artificial media engineered at the nanoscale. As light is squeezed into nanometer scale volumes, light field enhancement effects occur. These effects result in new optical phenomena which can be exploited to challenge existing technological limits and deliver superior photonic devices. Photonic nanomaterials are linked to a wide variety of modern photonic and material needs, including optical and plasmonic metamaterials, multifunctional nanostructured surfaces, advanced materials for near-infrared sensing and imaging, or composite and tuneable photonic materials and filters for hyperspectral sensing and imaging.

Launched in 2010, the research initiative on Photonic Nanomaterials (PhoNa) encompasses a wide spectrum of activities that revolve around photonic nanomaterials. Such materials are obtained by assembling nanosized, i.e. sub-wavelength artificial entities, which can be achieved by modern nanotechnology. However, there are still severe challenges in the present capabilities of nanotechnology with respect to the reproducible fabrication and technical implementation of photonic nanomaterials.

The main goal of PhoNa is a thorough understanding of light interaction with photonic nanomaterials, comprising theoretical modeling, design and prediction of optical properties, innovative nanofabrication routes, full-scale experimental testing, and evaluation of next-generation photonic applications and devices. Within a multi-disciplinary consortium, we are bringing together expertise in experimental and theoretical physics, nanochemistry, material sciences, including computer science and mathematics. The activities for research and education in PhoNa is comprised of the following elements: