Empowering Metamaterials Technology with New Materials

Event Date: February 19, 2013
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Computer History Museum
1401 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, California
Purdue-Silicon Valley Symposium:
Alexandra Boltasseva
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Metamaterials (MMs) are artificial materials with versatile prop erties that can be tailored to fit almost any practical need and thus go beyond what can be obtained with “natural” materials. In this talk, we will address the critical need in the emerging field of metamaterials to overcome limitations associated with the use of metals as constituent materials. We will explore a new approach for the realization of MM devices and replacing metals with new plasmonic materials. Here, we will discuss ceramic materials as potential candidates for MM constituent materials. Employing these materials could unlock the full potential of MMs for applications in optical and opto-electronic systems, nanoscale imaging, renewable energy, lithography-based nanofabrication, data storage, quantum information technology, and biomedical technologies.