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Berlin Physics Colloquium at the Magnus House

Dec 03, 2020 | 06:30 PM

Prof. Dr. Isabelle Staude, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

"Active semiconductor metasurfaces"

This talk will provide an overview of our recent advances in nonlinear, tunable and light‐emitting semiconductor metasurfaces.

Metasurfaces composed of designed semiconductor nanoresonators arranged in a plane offer unique opportunities for controlling the properties of light fields. Such metasurfaces can e.g. impose a spatially variant phase shift onto an incident light field, thereby providing control over its wavefront with high transmittance efficiency. However, most semiconductor metasurfaces realized so far were passive and linear, and their optical response was permanently encoded into the structure during fabrication. Recently, a growing amount of research is concentrating on active metasurfaces, specifically on the integration of emitters and optical nonlinearities into dielectric and semiconductor metasurfaces, and on obtaining dynamic control of their optical response.

This talk will provide an overview of our recent advances in nonlinear, tunable and light‐emitting semi‐conductor metasurfaces. In particular, we have studied spontaneous emission and nonlinear frequency generation from metasurfaces based on various material platforms. Our results show that both the directional, spectral and/or polarization properties of the spontaneously emitted or generated second harmonic light can be tailored by the metasurface design. For dynamic tuning of the metasurface response, one approach is to integrate the semiconductor metasurfaces into nematic-liquid-crystal cells. Based on this approach, we recently experimentally realized a transparent metasurface display with high tuning contrast in the visible.

About Berlin Physics Colloquium

The Berlin Physics Colloquium in the Magnus House was initiated in 1998 by the Physical Society of Berlin. The colloquium is organised jointly by the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt University of Berlin, the Technical University of Berlin and the University of Potsdam with the support of the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation. It takes place on the first or second Thursday of every month, except in March, August and September.

Time & Location

Dec 03, 2020 | 06:30 PM

Magnus-Haus, Am Kupfergraben 7, 10117 Berlin