Colloquium Schedule

Colloquium: Thursday, March 26, 4:10 PM, Lewis Lab 316

Optics at the Extreme

Nader Engheta

H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor
University of Pennsylvania

Recent developments in condensed-matter physics and nanoscience have made it possible to tailor materials with unusual parameters and characteristics. In my group, we have been exploring light‐matter interactions in metamaterials and metastructures with extreme parameters, such as near-‐zero permitivity and near-zero permeability, and with extreme features such as very high phase velocity, very low energy velocity, extremely thin (one-­atom-thick metasurfaces), subwavelength nonreciprocal vortexes, extreme anisotropy, giant nonlinearity in phase‐change dynamics, “static optics”, nanoscale computation in optical nanocircuits, and more. Such “extreme optics” will provide us with unprecedented features and functionalities in both wave physics and quantum optics and engineering. I will discuss some of our ongoing work in these areas, present some of the opportunities and challenges in this area, and forecast some future directions and possibilities.

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Physics and Astronomy Colloquia are usually scheduled for Thursdays at 4:10 PM in Lewis Lab room 316. Refreshments and snacks are available in the nearby coffee room at 3:45 PM.


Physics Colloquium Schedule for SPRING 2015

Click on Title below for past or upcoming Announcements (where available), and Speaker name for website.        

January 22Rosi ReedWayne State UniversityThe Connection Between Quantum Chromodynamics and the Quark Gluon Plasma
January 29Marguerite TonjesUniv. of MarylandStudying the Quark-Gluon Plasma at the Large Hadron Collider
February 5Jean PerezUniv. of New HampshireNew Horizons in Solar Wind Turbulence:
Theory, Simulations and Future Observations
February 12Sera CremoniniTexas A & M Univ."Applied" String Theory
February 19Cindy KeelerNiels Bohr InstituteString Theory in the Age of Duality
February 24 (Tuesday)Yelena ProkOld Dominion Univ.Nucleon Spin Structure: New Results from Jefferson Lab
February 26Dean LeeNorth Carolina StateAre the Parameters of the Standard Model Fine-Tuned for Carbon-Based Life?
March 5No ColloquiumAPS March Meeting-
March 12No ColloquiumSpring Break-
March 19Lev MurokhQueens College, CUNYEnergy Conversion in Mitochondria Membranes: Principles of Operations and Ideas for Nanoelectronics
March 26Nader EnghetaU PennOptics at the Extreme
April 2Clifford BrangwynnePrinceton Univ.Intracellular RNA/Protein Phase Transitions
April 9Taeyoon KimPurdue Univ.Force Generation and  Mechano-Sensing via Actomyosin Contractility
April 16Boris YakobsonRice UniversityFrom Material Substance to Shape to Property
April 23Dmitry SmirnovFlorida State Univ.When High Magnetic Fields Meet Optical Spectroscopy: Probing Electronic Structure and Interaction Effects in Low-Dimensional Semiconductor- and Carbon-Based Structures
April 30Vivek ShenoyU PennCell-Matrix Interactions in 3D Microtissues: Multiscale Mechanical Models
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