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Colloquia & Guest Speakers


New Developments in Nonlinear Optics Using Optical Metasurfaces

Dr. Igal Brener

Sandia National Laboratories and Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Monday, February 15, 2021
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Zoom Virtual Setting

Abstract:  Metamaterials and their 2D implementation – metasurfaces - have been used extensively for wavefront manipulation since their inception nearly two decades ago. This has led to a new paradigm in optics due to the ability to design optical components with functionality that was unthinkable not long ago. Another use of metasurfaces relies on the ability to tailor distributions and intensities of local electromagnetic fields to study a variety of fundamental phenomena in light-matter interaction, create novel tunable and active devices and enhance optical nonlinearities. In this talk, I will present some of our recent work in nonlinear optics using a variety of metasurfaces made from semiconductor materials.

IgalBrenerBio:  Dr. Igal Brener is a Senior Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. He received his doctorate degree in physics from the Technion (Haifa) in 1991. He was postdoc and then research staff at Bell Laboratories in NJ from 1991 until 2000. He also spent several years in industry founding startups (Spectralane), working for startups (Tellium, Prealux) and for medium to gigantic companies (National Semiconductors, Amersham Biosciences, GE Healthcare). He joined Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, in 2004. He was Thrust leader for nanophotonics at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies until 2018, and is currently research full professor at the University of New Mexico. He has authored more than 200 refereed publications and has received 28 patents. Dr. Brener is a fellow of the Optical Society of America, the IEEE and the American Physical Society.