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Optical properties on demand

Zepler Institute researchers are merging nanotechnology with light to study the physics and technology of artificial optical materials with properties on demand.

Researchers at the EPSRC Centre for Photonic Metamaterials are pushing the boundaries of photonics by developing artificial optical materials which can change their properties on demand.

The Nanophotonics and Metamaterials Group studies and engages the changing balance of forces, structural transformations, light confinement and coherent effects at the nanoscale to create materials with properties not available in natural media and design them such that they can be controlled by external signals. The team’s ambition is, through better understanding the new physics of advanced materials structured on the nanoscale, to explore technological applications of reconfigurable photonic metamaterials.

Our researchers believe that new nanotech-enabled photonic metadevices and metasystems will not only be key for improving competitive performance in all kinds of applications using light and lasers, but they will play a crucial role in solving several mounting societal challenges such as the ever-growing demand for telecommunications bandwidth and the ever-increasing energy consumption of data processing devices.

For more information visit the Nanophotonics and Metamaterials Group website