SLAC Colloquium Series

SLAC Colloquium Series


Colloquium Detail

Nanophotonics: Light, Heat and Solar Cells

Date: 3/29/2010

Shanhui Fan
Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

The use of nanophotonic structures, including photonic crystals, meta-materials and plasmonic nanostructures, is rapidly advancing mankind's capabilities to control electromagnetic fields which account for some of the most fundamental aspects of the physical world. The development of nanophotonics, therefore, has profound implications for many technological applications. In this talk, the speaker will discuss a few examples related to the manipulation of light and heat from his research, including dynamically induced optical non-reciprocity, thermal rectification through vacuum, and solar bandwidth compression.

Shanhui Fan is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. His research interests are in computational and theoretical studies of solid state and photonic structures and devices, especially photonic crystals, plasmonics, and meta-materials. He received a National Science Foundation Career Award, a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiative in Research, and the Adolph Lomb Medal from the Optical Society of America. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America and SPIE.

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