Physics Colloquium - Friday, Nov. 16th, 2007, 4:00 P.M.

E300 Math/Science Center; Refreshments at 3:30 P.M. in Room E200

Marin Soljacic
Department of Physics

Photonic Crystals: when the only limit is imagination

Photonic Crystals are artificially created metamaterials: they are nano-structured at scales smaller than the wavelength of light. As a result, light propagating inside them does not really resolve the structure; instead, a Photonic Crystal "appears" to light as a uniform material, but in which laws of optical physics are dramatically modified. This way, one can tailor laws of physics almost at will, designing metamaterials with optical properties dramatically different than those of any naturally occurring material. In this talk, I will present a variety of novel physical phenomena displayed by photonic crystals, including some of the exciting applications they enable.