MPSD Seminar

18710 1558002578

Engineering with vacuum fields

When a collection of electronic excitations are strongly coupled to a single mode cavity, mixed light-matter excitations called polaritons are created. The situation is especiallyinteresting when the strength of the light-matter coupling Ωr is such that the coupling energy becomes close to the one of the bare matter resonance ω0. For this value of parameters, the system enters the so-called ultra-strong coupling regime, in which a number of very interesting physical effects were predicted. Using metamaterial coupled to two-dimensional electron gases[1], we have demonstrated that a ratio Ωr/ω0 close to[2] or above unity can be reached. [mehr]

MPSD Seminar

17490 1548337981

Strain, lattice distortions and the metal-insulator transition in correlated electron materials

Correlation-driven metal-insulator transitions are typically coupled strongly both to local (octahedral distortion) and long wavelength (strain) lattice distortions. I present a theory of the intertwined electronic and lattice transitions in correlated materials, and show how it accounts for phenomena ranging from the interplay between nematic and magnetic ordering in pnictide superconductors, to the strain and current dependence of the metal insulator transitions in Ca2RuO4 and Ca3Ru2O7 and superlattice effects in the rare earth nickelates. [mehr]

MPSD Seminar

15553 1538124042

In Celebration of Basic Science: From the First Atomic Movies of Strongly Driven Phase Transitions to Star Trek Surgery

The 2018 European Physical Society Award Lecture for Research in Laser Science and Applications: The Picosecond Infrared Laser (PIRL) Scalpel: Achieving Fundamental (Single Cell) Limits to Minimally Invasive Surgery and Biodiagnostics. Followed by: The Future of PIRL Technology: Presentations and Round Table Discussion [mehr]

 
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