Nanoscale Optics: Exploring and Harnessing Light
The VINSE core facilities houses tools that enable a broad spectrum of photonics research initiatives at Vanderbilt in communications, energy and sustainability, life sciences and national security. A small sampling: Fabrication of plasmonic nanostructures for photovoltaics and medicine. Active manipulation, control and measurement of single molecules and cells at the level of nanometer displacements and piconewton forces. Atom-scale active electro-optical devices made from two-dimensional materials based on quantum-confinement effects. Manipulating intensity, wavelength and propagation direction of light in nanostructured optical materials for applications from optical modulators to optical biosensing. Electronic, optical and electro-optical devices made from carbon-based materials and applied in the biomedical arena and energy conversion. Nanostructured metamaterials for novel, ultracompact devices such as super-resolution lenses, modulators, perfect optical absorbers, photodetectors and light sources. Nanostructured metal and metal-oxide nanowires, nanodisks and nanoantennas for lasers, ultrafast optical modulators and nonlinear optics.