Structuring materials below the wavelength scale provides a means for light harvesting to nanometric dimensions. Particularly suitable are metallic nanostructures due to the existence of highly confined surface plasmon excitations, which allow efficient harvesting of electromagnetic energy and its transduction to other forms, for example acoustic surface waves or the supply of energy to catalyse chemical reactions.
Judiciously designed dielectric nanostructures can achieve similar energy concentration via the excitation of Mie-type resonances. In my talk, I will discuss a number of applications of these systems, from generation of structural colour to applications in energy conversion and nanometrology.
Stefan Maier is currently the Head of School of Physics and Astronomy at Monash University, and the Lee-Lucas Chair in Experimental Physics at Imperial College London.
He graduated from Caltech with a PhD in Applied Physics in 2003 before relocating to the UK. His research is in the area of nanophotonics and plasmonics, with a particular focus on light confinement and energy conversion below the diffraction limit.
He is a Fellow of Optica and has received various prizes for his work, most recently the ACS Nano 2020 Lectureship Award. Up to this point in time, twenty alumni of his group have gone on to academic positions all over the world.
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