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Robust light manipulation in plasmonic nanostructures assisted by topological protection

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city: LONDON
postcode: SW7 2AZ

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-05-01   to  2018-09-03


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 Project objective

Materials that present plasmonic resonances feature the unique capability of confining light in nanometer-scale volumes. Resonant metal nanostructures, such as gold or silver nanoparticles, support localized surface plasmon resonances upon light illumination. These are free electron oscillations coupled to the electromagnetic field that enable light concentration even beyond the diffraction limit. For this reason plasmonics is a key tool for guiding and focusing light in order to extend the use of optical techniques into the nanoscale, with current and potential applications ranging from ultrasensitive chemical and biological sensor devices to imaging, non-linear optics or enhanced light absorption in photovoltaic cells.

On the other hand, the study of topological phases and protected states in solid state systems as well as in photonic crystals has been very successful in recent years, since electronic or photonic states protected by the global symmetries of the system can propagate without suffering from scattering at defects or disorder. This has raised interest both from a fundamental point of view, with new physics being developed and understood –such as topological insulators–, as well as with views to applied technologies, which would greatly benefit from dissipation-free transport of electrons or photons.

While the field of plasmonics has reached a mature state, the performance of some plasmonic devices is affected by ohmic losses in the metal and fabrication defects. Novel and improved functionalities are needed in order to design efficient plasmonic devices. This research aims at adding novel capabilities to the field of plasmonics by designing topologically protected light modes sustained by plasmonic nanostructures. I will study periodic two-dimensional arrangements of metal nanoantennas (metasurfaces) as promising nanostructures to support topologically protected modes with applications in light manipulation in the nanoscale.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Simon R. Pocock, Xiaofei Xiao, Paloma A. Huidobro, Vincenzo Giannini
Topological Plasmonic Chain with Retardation and Radiative Effects
published pages: 2271-2279, ISSN: 2330-4022, DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.8b00117
ACS Photonics 5/6 2019-10-08
2018 Emanuele Galiffi, John B. Pendry, Paloma A. Huidobro
Broadband Tunable THz Absorption with Singular Graphene Metasurfaces
published pages: 1006-1013, ISSN: 1936-0851, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b07951
ACS Nano 12/2 2019-05-20
2017 Paloma Arroyo Huidobro, Stefan A. Maier, John B. Pendry
Tunable plasmonic metasurface for perfect absorption
published pages: 6, ISSN: 2272-2394, DOI: 10.1051/epjam/2017001
EPJ Applied Metamaterials 4 2019-05-20
2017 Gleb Siroki, Paloma A. Huidobro, Vincenzo Giannini
Topological photonics: From crystals to particles
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9950, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.96.041408
Physical Review B 96/4 2019-05-20
2017 P. A. Huidobro, Y. H. Chang, M. Kraft, J. B. Pendry
Hidden symmetries in plasmonic gratings
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9950, DOI: 10.1103/physrevb.95.155401
Physical Review B 95/15 2019-05-20
2017 J. B. Pendry, Paloma Arroyo Huidobro, Yu Luo, Emanuele Galiffi
Compacted dimensions and singular plasmonic surfaces
published pages: 915-917, ISSN: 0036-8075, DOI: 10.1126/science.aap7939
Science 358/6365 2019-05-20
2018 Fan Yang, Paloma A. Huidobro, J. B. Pendry
Transformation optics approach to singular metasurfaces
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9950, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.98.125409
Physical Review B 98/12 2019-05-20

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