Prof. Vladimir M. Shalaev
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Nanophotonics group at Purdue's Birck Nanotechnology Center: June 2015


My plenary talk at META'15 conference (New York, August 7-10, 2015):

August 2015: Prof. V. Shalaev, Prof. A. Boltasseva and Dr. U. Guler (picture below) are in Purdue Research Foundation Spotlight for their NMTI start-up related activities.

July 30, 2015: WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Researchers have created a new "plasmonic oxide material" that could make possible devices for optical communications that are at least 10 times faster than conventional technologies (Purdue News, learn more).

July 2015: META conference is now on Facebook. Browse and enjoy!
July 2015: A paper authored by Prof. A. Boltasseva, Prof. V. Shalaev, and members of their research teams has been chosen as cover article in Optica Journal.
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".
February 2015: Our graduate student - Mikhail Shalaginov - has been featured on the Graduate School's Facebook and Google+ pages. Congratulations, Mikhail!
January 2015: 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.
November 2014: 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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