Extreme Photonics with Nanogap Cavities

Max Planck Lecture on Non-Equilibrium Quantum Phenomena

  • Datum: 25.11.2020
  • Uhrzeit: 16:00 - 17:00
  • Vortragende: Maiken Mikkelsen
  • Ort: online via Zoom
  • Gastgeber: Andrea Cavalleri, Angel Rubio
Extreme Photonics with Nanogap Cavities


Nano- and quantum materials with unique optical properties hold the potential for breakthroughs in a wide range of areas from ultrafast optoelectronics and on-chip components for quantum information science to improved bio-sensing. An exciting opportunity to realize such new materials lies in controlling the local electromagnetic environment on the atomic- and molecular-scale (~1-10 nm), which enables extreme local field enhancements and drastically modified local density of states (Nature Materials 2019). We use creative nanofabrication techniques at the interface between chemistry and physics to realize this new regime together with ultrafast optical techniques to probe the emerging phenomena. Here, I will provide an overview of our recent research where we sculpt the electromagnetic fields on the atomic scale to realize ultrafast single photon sources (Nature Photonics 2014, Nano Letters 2016), high-speed thermal photodetectors with on-chip spectral filters (Nature Materials 2020) and metasurface-enhanced biosensors (Nano Letters 2020).


Maiken H. Mikkelsen is the James N. and Elizabeth H. Barton Associate Professor at Duke University in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and by courtesy, in the Departments of Physics and Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science. She received her B.S. in Physics from the University of Copenhagen in 2004, her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley before joining Duke University in 2012. Her research explores nanophotonics and new quantum materials to enable transformative breakthroughs for optoelectronics, quantum science, the environment and human health. Her awards include the Maria Goeppert Mayer Award from the American Physical Society, the NSF CAREER award, the Moore Inventor Fellow award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Young Investigator Program Awards from the Office of Naval Research, the Army Research Office and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, and the Early Career Achievement Award from SPIE – the International Society for Optics and Photonics.

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