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February 5, 2013 14:00 - 15:00

Empa, Dübendorf, Theodor-Erismann-Auditorium, VE102


Prof. Dr Lukas Novotny, Photonics Laboratory, ETH Zurich

Leadership of diskussion

Prof. Dr Gian-Luca Bona, Empa


Nano-Optics is the study of light-matter interactions on the nanometer scale, - a length scale that is typically shorter than the wavelength of light. Nano-optics operates at the interface of quantum optics and physical optics. The relevant material structures are too small to be treated macroscopically and too large to appear atomistic in nature. This mesoscopic length-scale exhibits unique optical signatures, such as pronounced resonances that are being explored for single photon sources, biosensing and high-resolution imaging.
In this lecture will be presented an overview of activities pursued at the Photonics Laboratory at ETH Zürich. These include optical antennas for enhanced light emission and absorption, cavity optomechanics for ultrasensitive force measurements, and nano-optofluidics for real-time nanoparticle detection.

Prof. Dr Lukas Novotny is Professor of Photonics at ETH Zürich and Professor of Optics and Physics at the University of Rochester, NY. He did his diploma and doctoral degree at ETH Zürich. His doctoral work was in collaboration with the IBM Research Laboratories and dealt with theoretical problems in near-field optics, for which he was awarded the ETH Medal. From 1996-99 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, working on new schemes of single molecule detection and nonlinear spectroscopy. In 1999 he joined the faculty of the Institute of Optics where he started one of the first research programs with focus on nano-optics. Prof. Dr Lukas Novotny is the author of the textbook 'Principles of Nano-Optics', which is currently in its second edition. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


The language of the presentation is English
Free entrance, guests are welcome