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Colloquia & Guest Speakers


Modelling nanophotonic and plasmonic components and Diversity and Inclusion in STEM

Dr. Arti Agrawal | School of Electrical and Data Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
7 p.m.–9 p.m.
Zoom Virtual Setting

Abstract:  In this talk Dr. Arti Agrawal will talk about how modelling can be applied to simulate nanophotonic and plasmonic components. She will touch on some of the issues that arise and discuss a couple of examples: graphene-coated silicon carbide nanowires on silicon, showing promise for on-chip MIR nanophotonics, and nanohole arrays for label free biomarker detection. In the second half of the talk, she will talk about her journey and what she has learned about diversity and inclusion in STEM.

artiBio:  Arti’s current professional positions reflect her dual passions: Science and Social Justice.  She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Electrical and Data Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney. She is also the Director for Inclusion, Diversity and Involvement for Anthony Nolan, a blood cancer charity.  Previously Arti worked at City, University of London from 2005-2017 in the Department of Electrical Engineering. She was a Royal Society postdoctoral fellow, and her PhD was on modelling methods for optical components, completed at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 2005. Dr. Agrawal’s research interests lie in optics: modelling of photonic components such as solar cells, optical fibers, sensors, lasers etc. She is an expert on numerical methods for optics such as Finite Element Method (FEM). She has written a book on FEM, and edited a book on trends in computational photonics.