The New York Academy of Sciences
Using Novel Materials to Manipulate Light
Posted June 25, 2020
Since prehistoric use of mirrors and lenses to divert light and magnify images, human beings have made effective use of light using materials. In this eBriefing, experts focus on cutting edge nano-structured materials that manipulate light in novel ways, with huge potential application in telecommunication and electronic industries.
In This eBriefing, You’ll Learn
- What are photonic materials such as metasurfaces and plasmonic materials? How are they made?
- How can artificial intelligence and machine learning improve the performance of photonic materials?
- What is symmetry and what types of symmetry could the materials possess?
- What are the benefits of breaking symmetries in nano-photonic materials?
Alexandra Boltasseva, PhD
Alexandra Boltasseva specializes in nanophotonics, optical materials and nanotechnology. The central theme of her research is to find new ways to realize plasmonic and nanophotonic devices - from material building blocks to advanced designs and demonstrations. She is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (by courtesy) at Purdue University. Alexandra received her BS and MS degrees from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and her PhD from Technical University of Denmark. She is Fellow of the Optical Society of America, Fellow of SPIE, and Editor-in-chief of the journal Optical Materials Express.
Andrea Alù, PhD
City University of New York (CUNY)
Andrea Alù is the founding director of the Photonics Initiative at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, Einstein Professor of Physics at the CUNY Graduate Center, and Professor of Electrical Engineering at The City College of New York. His work has focused on nanostructured materials and metamaterials to mold electromagnetic waves, light, and sound in highly unusual ways, going beyond the limits of natural materials. Andrea received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees from Roma Tre University, Italy. Before joining CUNY, he was the Temple Foundation Endowed Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin until 2018.