June 15, 2015
: Prof. V. Shalaev has been selected as the recipient of the IEEE Photonics Society 2015 William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, "For seminal contributions both to the theoretical framework and to the groundbreaking experimental realization of optical metamaterials." The presentation of the Award will be made during the Awards Ceremony of the 2015 IEEE Photonics Conference in Reston (Virginia, USA) on 5th October, 2015.
March 19, 2015
: Purdue University News: Plasmonic ceramic materials key to advances in nanophotonics for extreme operational conditions
- "Progress in developing nanophotonic devices capable of withstanding high temperatures and harsh conditions for applications including data storage, sensing, health care and energy will depend on the research community and industry adopting new plasmonic ceramic materials, according to a commentary this week in the journal Science
: Our graduate student - Mikhail Shalaginov - has been featured on the Graduate School's Facebook
pages. Congratulations, Mikhail!
: Conference photos of the META series conferences (from 2008 to 2014) are being added to META Facebook page
. Check them out and don't forget to "Like" them!
January 13, 2015
: 'Single-photon emission enhancement' seen as step toward quantum technologies (Purdue News)
A hyperbolic metamaterial comprised of alternating layers of titanium nitride and aluminum scandium nitride has been used by the research groups of Purdue Profs. V. Shalaev and A. Boltasseva to enhance the rate of single-photon emission by nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond. The application areas of single-photon sources include quantum communication and quantum computing.
: Prof. A. Boltasseva and Prof. V. Shalaev elected to Purdue Innovator Hall of Fame
for developing plasmonics to advance optical technologies, improve data-storage capabilities and solar thermophotovoltaic cell performance.
November 21, 2014
: NMTI announces breakthrough solutions for HAMR nanoantenna for next-generation ultra-high density magnetic data storage.
"Researchers at Nano-Meta Technologies Inc.
(NMTI) in the Purdue Research Park have shown how to overcome key limitations of a material that could enable the magnetic storage industry to achieve data-recording densities far beyond today's computers. (Purdue News
)." This is the promise of HAMR (Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording) technology.
The source of heat in HAMR is laser light focused by a plasmonic nano-antenna. First, we replaced "soft" noble metals as construction materials for the nano-antenna with titanium nitride (TiN) - a thermally and mechanically durable ceramic. Further, we modified optical properties of TiN, making it intrinsically less light-absorbing, and covered the TiN nano-antenna with an ultra-thin protective layer, preventing surface oxidation. HAMR is expected to enable data storage densities 10-100 times greater than those of the current magnetic storage devices.
October 2, 2014
: A Purdue press release
is featuring the main R&D areas of Nano-Meta Technologies, Inc.
- a Purdue-based start-up led by Profs. V. Shalaev and A. Boltasseva. Those R&D areas include the use of novel refractory plasmonic materials for i) ultra-high-density heat-assisted magnetic data recording, ii) highly efficient solar- and waste-heat/combustion energy harvesting/conversion, and iii) photothermal cancer therapies. The press release links to a video clip
on the subject, produced by the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization
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