Nanomaterials and Nanostructure Optics (NaNO)

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Sylvanus Lee wons the OSA Prize "Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition 2011" with his work "Isotropic Structural Color of Nanostructured Metal Surfaces". Bravissimo!!!

Latest News & Announcements

The near-field properties of nanoplasmonic necklaces have been optimized for plasmon-enhanced spectroscopy and sensing (ACS Nano 2011 5 (8), 6578-6585). This work was featured on the cover of ACS Nano (July 8, 2011).


Pseudorandom photonic membranes emit laser radiation without mirrors or disorder (Appl. Phys. Lett., 97, 223101 (2010). This work, performed in collaboration with Prof. Hui Cao at Yale, is the first demonstration of a laser structure with aperiodic pseudorandom order. Cover page of Applied Physics Letters (Nov. 29, 2010)

We will start again this Spring 2011, alternating every Friday, 4pm:

1) Study group EM"Re-Learning Electromagnetic Scattering Theories by Studying the Best Books on the Subject" All students invited. We will review the 3 volumes (one chapter at a time!) by L. Tsang et al., "Scattering of Electromagnetic Waves: Theories and Applications"

2) Study Group NUMBERS: "Number Theory and Applications". We will learn new tricks and strategies for the engineering of discrete aperiodic order, but primarily we will have fun with various fascianting concepts in the world of numbers. We will borrow this motto from thePythagorean school: "All is number"

Upcoming conferences:

Fall Meeting 2011 - EMRS Warsaw

Photonics West, San Francisco, CA, 22-27
January 2011

219th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society,
May 1 to 6, 2011 in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

The 13th International Conference on Transparent Optical
Networks ICTON 2011 Royal Institute of Technology KTH
in Stockholm, Sweden, June 26 - 30, 2011.

Workshop “Waves and quantum fields on fractals : recent developments in mathematics and physics” will be held at the Lewiner Institute for theoretical physics at the Technion from June 26-30, 2011.

Our work on Aperiodic Plasmonics featured in Nature Photonics, September 2008: "Aperiodic Arrays"

Our work on Silicon Nanocrystals featured in Nature Photonics, January 2009: "Silicon Nanocrystals give hopes for inexpensive LEDs"