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Light-Matter States and Implications for Material Properties

Release time:September 18, 2018

Topic:Light-Matter States and Implications for Material Properties

Speaker: Prof. Thomas W. Ebbesen

Time:September 21, at 10:00 AM

Venue:Room 513, Academic Exchange Hall, School of Physics and Nuclear Energy Engineering

Abstract:

Light-matter strong coupling can give rise to a multitude of exciting physical effects through the formation of hybrid light-matter states. The implications for molecules and materials have remained mostly unexplored. After introducing the fundamental concepts, examples of modified properties of strongly coupled systems, such as charge and energy transport, and chemical reactivity will be given to illustrate the potential of light-matter states.

Biography of the Speaker:

Thomas W. Ebbesen received his BA from Oberlin College (USA) and his PhD from P. & M. Curie University in Paris. He then did research in both the US and Japan, most notably at NEC. He is currently the head of the Center for Frontier Research in Chemistry and the University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Studies (www.usias.fr) where he holds the chair in physical chemistry of light-matter interactions. Ebbesen has received numerous awards for his pioneering research, including the 2014 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience for his transformative contributions to nano-optics. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and a foreign member of the French Academy of Science.

 

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