Active Nanophotonics: from Coherent Control of Quantum Emitters to Plasmonic Nanolasers

February 5, 2013
Interschool Lab, 750 CEPSR
Hosted by: Prof. Chee Wei Wong
Speaker: Prof. Chih-Kang (Ken) Shih , Jane & Roland Blumberg Professor of Physics (Department of Physics, University of Texas at Austin)


Light-matter interaction at nanometer scale is emerging as one of the most exciting fields in nanoscience. In combination with the advanced materials synthesis technique to tailor novel low-dimensional electronic systems, new doors are open toward design and realization of nanophotonic devices with novel functionalities. Here I will present two areas that have been pursued in my research group: (a) coherent control of semiconductor quantum dots as quantum light sources for quantum information applications; and (b) realization of plasmonic nanolasers that break the diffraction limit.

Speaker Biography

Ken Shih is the Jane & Roland Blumberg Professor of Physics at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. in 1988 at Stanford University. He was a postdoctoral researcher at IBM Watson Research Center until 1990 when he joined the University of Texas as an Assistant Professor. He became a full Professor in 2000. His research interests include ultrathin film growth, quantum phenomena in low-dimensional electronic systems, optical spectroscopy, and electronic properties of semiconductor nanostructures.

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