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Course 0000000726 in SS 2018

General Data

Course Type lecture
Semester Weekly Hours 2 SWS
Organisational Unit Semiconductor Nanostructures and Quantum Systems
Dates Thu, 10:00–12:00, ZNN 0.001

Assignment to Modules

  • PH2173: Nanoplasmonik / Nanoplasmonics
    This module is included in the following catalogs:
    • Specific catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
    • Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
    • Complementary catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
    • Complementary catalogue of special courses for Biophysics

Further Information

Courses are together with exams the building blocks for modules. Please keep in mind that information on the contents, learning outcomes and, especially examination conditions are given on the module level only – see section "Assignment to Modules" above.

additional remarks The lecture course entitled "Nanoplasmonics" will give an introduction to the research field of metal-based nanophotonic system. “The promise of plasmonics” (Harry A. Atwater, Scientific American 2007) is to overcome the well-known diffraction limit of light which limits feature sizes of photonic components to λ/2n (λ: speed of light, n: refractive index). For this purpose, researchers study and exploit novel excitations at the interface between a metal and a dielectric, so-called surface plasmon polaritons, allowing sub-wavelength confinement of light at this interface. This strong confinement is naturally accompanied by the massive enhancement of the electromagnetic field strength and, thus, paving the way to strong light-matter-interactions, non-linear optical effects and ultra-sensitive single molecule studies. Nanoplasmonic concepts and devices are already well established and find many applications in such diverse research fields as e.g. bio-sensing, novel light sources, non-linear frequency conversion, efficient photovoltaics, and even quantum information technology. We will start the course by discussing the mathematics of surface plasmon at metal-dielectric interfaces which are mainly governed by basic electrodynamics. After the fundamentals, we will presented a number of concepts for generating and detecting surface plasmon polaritons in various different geometries and discuss the corresponding experimental techniques. Afterwards we will discuss in detail two different kinds of surface plasmons, namely (i) propagating surface plasmon polaritons in waveguide structures and (ii) localized surface plasmon polaritons in nanoparticles. In the remainder of the course we will touch amongst others topics like non-linear plasmonics, meta-surfaces and -materials, plasmon-enhanced nano-focusing and enhanced-resolution microscopy, quantum plasmonics, surface plasmon lasers and graphene-plasmonics. Besides the fundamental nano-plasmonic concepts and their application in novel devices we will also deliver insights in our current plasmonics research at WSI and ZNN and provide the possibility to visit our labs and discuss our research with PhD students. For students interested in this course we recommend a basic knowledge of solid-state physics, electrodynamics, basic optics and quantum mechanics! An excellent introduction to the research field of “Nano-plasmonics” is provided by the book of Stefan A. Maier "Plasmonics - Fundamentals and Applications" (Springer, 2007)
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Equivalent Courses (e. g. in other semesters)

SS 2017 Nanoplasmonics Thu, 10:00–12:00, ZNN 0.001
SS 2016 Nanoplasmonics Thu, 10:00–12:00, ZNN 0.001
SS 2015 Nanoplasmonics Thu, 10:00–12:00, ZNN 0.001
SS 2014 Nanoplasmonics
Responsible/Coordination: Finley, J.
Thu, 10:00–12:00, WSI S101
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