Light-Matter Interactions in Solid, Gaseous, and Colloidal Engineered Media
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Hudson Hall 208
Professor Natalia M. Litchinitser, University of Buffalo, The State University of New York
In this talk, we consider fundamental optical phenomena at the interface of singular and nonlinear optics in artificial media, including theoretical and experimental studies of linear and nonlinear light-matter interactions of vector and singular optical beams in metamaterials. We show that unique optical properties of metamaterials open unlimited prospects to engineer light itself. Thanks to their ability to manipulate both electric and magnetic field components, metamaterials open new degrees of freedom for tailoring complex polarization states and orbital angular momentum (OAM) of light. We will discuss several approaches to structured light manipulation on the nanoscale using metal-dielectric, all-dielectric and hyperbolic metamaterials. These new functionalities, including polarization and OAM conversion, beam magnification and de-magnification, and sub-wavelength imaging enabled by the unique properties of metamaterials are likely to enable a new generation of on-chip or all-fiber structured light applications. Pizza lunch served at 11:45am. Please see flyer for more information.