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Jones Seminar: Nanophotonics for Sensing and Sustainability
3:30pm - 4:30pm ET
Spanos Auditorium / Zoom
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Meeting ID: 991 9572 7483
Light-matter interaction is one of the fundamental phenomena of the universe that has significantly shaped the evolution of the human society. In this talk, we present research on light-matter interactions at nanoscale, also known as "nanophotonics," for optical sensing, communication, and energy sustainability. We will discuss the fundamentals and applications of nanophotonics through a few examples. These include extending our vision beyond the visible regime by integrating X-ray/ultraviolet/infrared materials onto silicon-based image sensors, harnessing solar absorption of transition metal oxide nanoparticles towards dispatchable solar thermal electricity, and modulating photons efficiently utilizing quantum wells and 2D materials for data communication and light detection and ranging (LiDAR). Adapting Feynman’s famous quote envisioning the advent of nanotechnologies, we show that not only is there "plenty of room at the bottom," but plenty of room to "light up" the bottom as well.
About the Speaker(s)
Associate Professor of Engineering, Dartmouth
Professor Jifeng Liu received BS and MS degrees in materials science and engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and a PhD in materials science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Dartmouth he currently serves as the Materials Science and Engineering Program Area lead. His major research field is nanophotonic materials and devices for sensing, communication, renewable energy, and improved energy efficiency. He has authored or coauthored more than 90 peer-reviewed journal papers, more than 70 conferences papers, and six book chapters, which have been cited over 11,000 times according to Google Scholar. Liu has also been granted 16 US patents related to nanophotonic materials and devices. He is an NSF CAREER Award recipient, a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
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