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NST Seminar: Realizing Resonant Optics with Quantum Electronic Transitions

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Zongfu Yu, University of Wisconsin - Madison
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2:00 p.m.


Today’s optical devices are getting smaller and smaller to realize new functionalities and to reduce energy consumption. However, miniaturization becomes more difficult when the size falls below wavelength because of the lack of deep sub-wavelength electromagnetic resonance, an enabling effect for a wide range of applications, from radio-frequency communication, to silicon photonics, metamaterials and metasurfaces.

Quantum electronic transition has the potential to become a new platform to continue the miniaturization of classical optical devices. An electronic transition can resonantly absorb, scatter, and convert photon energy. It has the same scattering matrix as that of classical optical resonators in the single photon regime. Moreover, it has many advantages over classical ones: it is extremely compact, easily tunable by laser, magnetic or electric fields, and can be highly nonlinear.

In this talk, I will start by showing an intriguing function realized by extremely compact resonance. Then, I will discuss how electronic transitions could be used to realize classical functions such as antennas and metasurfaces. Then, I will discuss how electronic transition could rewrite some of the fundamental electromagnetic scattering law when combined with nontrivial topological charge found at Weyl points.



Zongfu Yu is the Dugald C. Jackson Assistant Professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His research interests include computational electromagnetics, optics, machine vision and sensing. He is a recipient of Stanford Postdoc Research Awards, DARPA Young Faculty Award (2017), and NSF CAREER Award (2018). He has authored and co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers with a total citation over 11,000 and an h-index of 44. He received his Ph.D. in applied physics and M.S. in management science and engineering, both from Stanford University, and a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Science and Technology of China.

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