The interaction of light and matter on a nano-scale level will be discussed. The phenomena include strong light confinement and generation within photonic crystals, nano-scale optomechanics, and solid-state implementation of quantum optics systems based on color centers in diamond. I will review design, fabrication and characterization of these state-of-the-art nanophotonic devices, and discuss their application in optical signal processing, chemical sensing and quantum information processing.
Marko Lončar is Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Harvard University. He received PhD from California Institute of Technology (2003) and Diploma from University of Belgrade (Serbia, 1997), both in electrical engineering. He did his postdoctoral work in Federico Capasso’s group at Harvard University (2003-2006). Prof. Lončar has co-authored 30 journal articles, is a co-inventor of 5 patents and has given more than 20 invited talks and seminars. His work on photonic crystal devices was published in a book Optical Microcavities, edited by Kerry Vahala (World Scientific, 2004). He was awarded Outstanding Performer Award by DARPA University Optocenters for his contribution to development of photonic crystal nanocavities and their application in chemical sensing.