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Joan van der Waals colloquium

  • Dmitri Basov (Columbia University)
Friday 1 December 2017
Drinks afterwards (17.00h)
Niels Bohrweg 2
2333 CA Leiden
De Sitterzaal

Polaritons in van der Waals materials: insights from near field nano-optics

In 1944 Hans Bethe reported on “the diffraction of electromagnetic radiation by a hole small compared with the wave-length” [Physical Review 66, 163 (1944)]. This seminal paper was among the early precursors to a new and vibrant area of research: near field nano-optics. I will discuss recent nano-optical experiments on van der Waals materials including: graphene and transition metal dichalocogenides. Central to the nano-optical exploration of quantum materials is the notion of polaritons: hybrid light matter modes that are omnipresent in polarizable media. Infrared nano-optics allows one to directly image polaritonic standing waves [Science 343, 1125 (2014), Nature Materials 14, 1217 (2015)] yielding rich insights into the electronic phenomena of the host material supporting polaritons [Science 354, 195 (2016)]. I will give a progress report on the search for the role of the Berry phase in the properties of graphene via transient polaritonic imaging [Nature Photonics 10, 244 (2016); Nature Materials 16, 1077 (2017)].

Opening act: Klaas Hermans

Friday 1 December

16.00h – 17.20h (drinks afterwards)

De Sitterzaal, Huygens building


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