CUNY Advanced Science Seminar
'Modern Photonics: Nanoscale, Attosecond, and Superstrong Fields'
Mark I. Stockman , Ph. D., D. Sc., is a Professor of Physics at Georgia State University at Atlanta, GA. He is currently also a Guest Professor at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich and Max Plank Institute for Quantum Optics (Germany) and a Visiting Professor for Senior International Scientists of the Chinese Academy of Sciences at Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics, and Physics.
Dr. Stockman will present on the current state and his vision of the near future of photonics on the nanoscale, focusing on fundamental science and selected applications that he considers to be of paramount importance. Plasmonics, which is a major part of nanophotonics, has demonstrated extreme concentration of optical energy in space on the scale of nanometers and in time on intervals of few femtoseconds. A significant breakthrough in nanoplasmonics has been the prediction and observations of the spaser (plasmonic nanolaser), which is a necessary active element, generator of coherent and intense nanolocalized optical fields, and an ultrafast nanoamplifier. Nanoplasmonics has numerous applications in sensing and monitoring of chemical and biological objects, solid-state lighting, solar cells, energy storage, etc. The future applications of nanoplasmonics could lead to revolutionary breakthroughs in ultrafast computing, biomedicine, defense technologies, etc. He will also present the recent discovery of the fastest optical phenomena occurring in superstrong optical fields: attosecond field control of dielectrics that reversibly transforms them into a semi-metallic state. This discovery offers a potential for petahertz-bandwidth (i.e., by a factor of million faster than in existing microelectronics) optical signal processing.
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research presents the CUNY Advanced Science Seminar (CASS) series focusing on five key and emerging science flagship disciplines at CUNY: nanoscience, photonics, environmental science, structural biology, and neuroscience. The seminars feature leaders in these fields, who spend a day at CUNY and meet with faculty and students. These disciplines are the focus of the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), which is scheduled to open in 2014. For more information please visit the ASRC website
Each Spring 2013 seminar will be followed by a small reception to allow the audience an extended opportunity to discuss questions with the speaker.
February 19, 2013
CUNY Graduate Center
The Skylight Room