Nano-Optics is the study of optical phenomena and techniques on the nanometer scale, even below the diffraction limit. It is an emerging field of study motivated by the rapid advance of nanoscience and nanotechnology and enabled thanks to the development of very advanced nanofabrication, manipulation and characterization tools (i.e., scanning probe techniques, optical tweezers, high-resolution electron microscopes, nanolithography tools, focused ion beam, and others).|
Nano-Optics deals with the interaction of light and matter at the nanoscale. Applications span from nano-optical instrumentation (i.e., confocal microscopy, near-field microscopy) and nano-optical devices (i.e., nano-lasers, photonic crystals, optical nano-waveguides) to a full range of basic research topics on nanometer sized structures.
In this course, topics such as the fundamentals of light-matter interaction at the nanoscale, plasmonic propagation, nanowaveguides, nanolasers, photonic crystals, near-field microscopy and the optics of quantum confined structures will be covered. The lectures will be complemented by weekly assignments, realization of simulations of nanostructures using the commercial software Lumerical FDTD Solutions and a student seminar at the end of the course in which students will present a nano-optics topic of their choice based on recent literature.
The final mark of the course will be based on the final exam which will consist of a written part (60%) and a simulation project (40%). A maximum of two extra points can be obtained by doing the bonus assignments and participating in the student seminar. These points will add to the final mark of the exam.