The APIC Corporation, a primary defense contractor for photonics device applications, and the Photonics Corporation, a company that produced highly integrated photonics and electronics, recently awarded Associate Professor, Luca Dal Negro (ECE), with $150,000 to support his work.
His project, “Engineering Structural Colors in Metal Films,” will enable the engineering of novel metal-based nanostructures capable of boosting the response of photodetectors, solar cells, and nanoscale antenna elements for on-chip light emission and coupling.
“This project is primarily concerned with the electromagnetic design, nanofabrication, and optical characterization of metallic surfaces with frequency-selective wide-angle scattering for emerging device applications in the field of metal optics, such as structural coloration of metal surfaces, broadband energy harvesting, concentration, and focusing,” Dal Negro said.
Part of the funding will go toward supporting a post-doctoral associate and graduate students who will work on this project. As part of their research, Dal Negro and his research team will work on the development of novel arrays of optical antennas and light couplers.
Professor Dal Negro’s research interests focus on optical amplification phenomena and laser physics; optical spectroscopy of semiconductor nanostructures; photonic crystals; Anderson light localization and aperiodic dielectrics; and nanophotonics and plasmonics.
To learn more about his work, visit the Nanomaterials and Nanostructure Optics (NaNO) research group page.
-Samantha Gordon (COM ’12) and Rachel Harrington