Plasmonics: From Fundamentals to Modern Applications (edX)

Plasmonics: From Fundamentals to Modern Applications (edX)
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Plasmonics: From Fundamentals to Modern Applications (edX)
Plasmonics is a newly emerged and fast growing branch of optics. Learn the fundamentals as well as the latest achievements and modern applications. Gain a wide view on the physics of light interaction with metal nanostructures. In this course, you will learn about the whole diversity of unique effects appearing at the junction of nanotechnology, subwavelength optics, quantum mechanics, and solid state physics.

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You will find out how giant field enhancement near metallic nanostructures can be used for detecting single biomolecule, and whether it is possible to build a nanometer scale laser.

Within the framework of the course, we will discuss in details the fundamental principles of light interaction with plasma oscillations in solid state. By passing our course you will:

- step-by-step learn the field of plasmonics starting from optical properties of metals to the latest applications of plasmonic nanostructures

- get the minimal theoretical background, which will be illustrated and supported by the describing experimental techniques and discussing the cutting edge scientific results.

- get a hands-on experience on how to describe the plasmons in various nanostructures such as single metallic nanoparticles, nanoparticle oligomers and periodic arrays, plasmonic waveguides and wires.

- In the final part of the course, you will have an overview of application of plasmonics in chemical biosensing, nanolasing, light trapping, and optomechanical control.

The course is divided into five sections:

- Electromagnetic properties of metals

- Surface plasmon-polaritons

- Localized surface plasmon resonances

- Bulk plasmon-polaritons

- Applications of plasmonics

This course is aimed for graduate and undergraduate students who are majoring in physics and engineering science related to optics. As well as researchers who want to gain or deepen their knowledge in the field of modern photonics. This course can give a boost to your educational or academic career, and potentially will stimulate you to conduct your own research in this field.


What you'll learn

- Basic knowledge and skills on plasmonics, which allow you to do research in this area

- Knowledge about state-of-the art achievements and concepts in plasmonics

- Basic techniques and methods for description of optical properties of plasmonic nanostructures

- Knowledge on experimental methods and techniques for analysis of plasmonic nanostructures


Course Syllabus


Week 1: Optical properties of metals

Maxwell’s equations, dielectric function of metals, Drude-Lorentz approximaion, plasma frequency of metals, skin depth, and absorption in metals


Week 2: Bulk plasmon polaritons

Longitudinal and transversal electromagnetic wave in plasma, bulk plasmons, spatial dispersion, waves in anisotropic plasma


Week 3: Surface plasmon-polaritons

Field distribution and dispersion of surface-plasmon polaritons, methods of excitation, plasmonic waveguide, spoof plasmons


Week 4: Localized plasmons in nanostructures

Particles in electromagnetic field, Mie theory, scattering and absorption cross-sections, localized plasmon resonance of single and two coupled particles, 1D and 2D arrays of plasmonic particles


Week 5: Applications of plasmonics

Radiation enhancement and quenching via plasmonic structures, Surface-enhanced Raman scattering, plasmonic waveguide for quantum cascade lasers, solar energy harvesting with plasmonic structures, plasmonic structures for optomechanics



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Basic knowledge on: electrodynamics and optics; solid state physics; high mathematical analysis and linear algebra.

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