Physics Colloquium, "Quantum Nanophotonics from Ultrathin Metallic Junctions"

Presented by: Maiken Mikkelsen, Duke University

Abstract: Tiny gaps between metals enables extreme field enhancements and strongly modified light-matter interactions promising for ultrafast optoelectronics, energy applications and on-chip components for quantum information processing. We use creative nanofabrication techniques at the interface between chemistry and physics to realize nanostructures with critical dimensions on the atomic- and molecular-scale (~1-10 nm), together with advanced, ultrafast optical techniques to probe the emerging phenomena. Here, I will provide an overview of our recent research demonstrating tailored light-matter interactions by leveraging ultra-small plasmonic cavities fabricated with bottom-up techniques. Examples of our demonstrations include 1,000-fold Purcell enhancements [Nature Photonics 8, 835 (2014)], ultrafast single photon sources [Nano Letters 16, 270 (2016)], tailored emission from two-dimensional semiconductor materials [Nano Letters 15, 3578 (2015), ACS Photonics 5, 552 (2018)], perfect absorbers and combinatorial plasmonic colors [Advanced Materials 27, 7897 (2015), Advanced Materials 29, 1602971 (2017)].    

Maiken H. Mikkelsen is the James N. and Elizabeth H. Barton Associate Professor at Duke University in the Departments of Physics, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science. Currently, she is a Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering. She received her B.S. from the University of Copenhagen in 2004, her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on nanophotonics and quantum materials to enable transformative breakthroughs for optoelectronics, the environment and human health. Her awards include the Maria Goeppert Mayer Award from the American Physical Society, the Early Career Achievement Award from SPIE, the NSF CAREER award, the Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement and Young Investigator Program Awards from the ONR, ARO and AFOSR.


Coffee, tea, and cookies will be available starting at 3:45 p.m., in DUAN G1B31.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Duane Physics and Astrophysics, G1B20
2000 Colorado Avenue, Boulder, CO 80309

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Students, Faculty, Graduate Students, Postdoc

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Engineering & Applied Science, Arts & Sciences


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