Global Sustainability Initiative at Purdue

Seminar by Shanhui Fan from Stanford University

December 13 @ 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM - Martin Jischke Hall (MJIS), room 1001

“Aspects of nanophotonics: thermal radiation, solar cells, and dynamic modulations”

ECE Distinguished Seminar on Dec. 13, 2012 in Martin Jischke Hall (MJIS), room 1001 at 3:30 pm

Shanhui Fan, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Stanford University.

Brief Bio: Shanhui Fan received his Ph.D in 1997 in theoretical condensed matter physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and was a research scientist at the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT, prior to his appointment at Stanford. His research interests are in computational and theoretical studies of solid state and photonics in crystals, phasmonics, and meta-materials. He has published over 260 refereed journal articles that were cited over 16,000 times, has given over 200 invited talks, and was granted 44 us patents. Prof. Fan received a National Science Foundation Career Award (2002), a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering (21003), the National Academy of Sciences Award for Intuitive in Research (2007), and the Adolph Lomb Medal from the optical Society of America (2007). He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America and the SPIE.

Brief Abstract: Since electromagnetic interaction in one of the most fundamental aspects of Nature, new capabilities for manipulating electromagnetic waves, as enabled by the use of nanophotonic structures, can have profound implications for wide ranges of fundamental science and practical technology, In this talk, we review our recent efforts in nanophotonics in the broad areas of energy and information technology. We show that the understanding of thermal radiation properties of Nano photonic structures is of importance on its own, and can have direct implication in our understanding of the fundamental theoretical constraint on solar cell performance, We also show that dynamic modulation of Nano photonic structures can be used to achieve a gauge field for photons, which represents a new direction in achieving non-reciprocal flow of photonic information.

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