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Emma R. Bartelsen

Interdisciplinary Materials Science


Emma Bartelsen is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in the Interdisciplinary Materials Science program studying under Dr. Joshua Caldwell. Her research pertains to the confinement of electromagnetic energy in the nano- to atomic-scale and the interactions between light and matter within these confined systems. This involves the sub-diffraction confinement of light using 'polaritons' within the optical spectral domain (primarily the infrared), the design of nanoscale optical components, and identifying and characterizing novel optical, electro-optical and electronic materials. She is utilizing these techniques to design a gas sensor for greenhouse gases and chemical warfare detection.


Genentech Outstanding Student Award, 2020