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Functional extreme nonlinear nanomaterials

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Total cost 1˙915˙000 €
 EC max contribution 1˙915˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-08-01   to  2022-07-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAET PADERBORN DE (PADERBORN) coordinator 1˙915˙000.00


 Project objective

Metasurfaces that mimic artificial order in matter have recently opened an exciting gateway to reach unprecedented properties and functionality for the modification of light propagation. The artificial “atoms” and “molecules” of the metasurface can be tailored in shape and size, the lattice constant and inter-atomic interaction can be precisely tuned. Furthermore, using symmetry and polarization state properties topological Berry phase effects can greatly enhance the functionality of such surfaces. This project sets to explore the revolutionary physics of nonlinear optical Berry phase metasurfaces, covering nonlinear optical frequency generation and wave dispersion engineering as well as real-time reconfiguration of nonlinear optical properties. Novel unique nonlinear optical properties of metasurfaces that arise from their specific topological configurations open up exciting new venues for device development in the fields of all-optical data processing, optical meta-nanocircuits, phase conjugating perfect mirrors, and background-free nonlinear holography. The project will investigate the possibilities of strongly enhanced nonlinear light-matter interaction and novel nonlinear optical processes that are based on nonlinear topological Berry phase effects coupled to inter- and intersubband transitions of novel 2D materials. Single layers of transition metal dichalcogenides will allow reconfigurable nonlinear optical properties by changing the valley band transitions. The proposal covers the development of innovative large scale fabrication technologies, fundamental investigations of the origin and the design of effective nonlinearities, experimental characterizations, as well as device development. The findings of the project based on highly nonlinear reconfigurable metasurfaces based on symmetry and topological effects will impact interdisciplinary research fields including condensed matter physics, optoelectronics and biophotonics.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Bernhard Atorf, Holger Mühlenbernd, Thomas Zentgraf, Heinz Kitzerow
All-optical switching of a dye-doped liquid crystal plasmonic metasurface
published pages: 8898, ISSN: 1094-4087, DOI: 10.1364/oe.383877
Optics Express 28/6 2020-04-01
2019 Satayu Suwannasopon, Fabian Meyer, Christian Schlickriede, Papichaya Chaisakul, Jiraroj T-Thienprasert, Jumras Limtrakul, Thomas Zentgraf, Nattaporn Chattham
Miniaturized Metalens Based Optical Tweezers on Liquid Crystal Droplets for Lab-on-a-Chip Optical Motors
published pages: 515, ISSN: 2073-4352, DOI: 10.3390/cryst9100515
Crystals 9/10 2020-02-13
2018 Xu Song, Lingling Huang, Chengchun Tang, Junjie Li, Xiaowei Li, Juan Liu, Yongtian Wang, Thomas Zentgraf
Selective Diffraction with Complex Amplitude Modulation by Dielectric Metasurfaces
published pages: 1701181, ISSN: 2195-1071, DOI: 10.1002/adom.201701181
Advanced Optical Materials 6/4 2019-04-18
2018 Lingling Huang, Shuang Zhang, Thomas Zentgraf
Metasurface holography: from fundamentals to applications
published pages: 1169-1190, ISSN: 2192-8614, DOI: 10.1515/nanoph-2017-0118
Nanophotonics 7/6 2019-04-18
2018 Ruizhe Zhao, Basudeb Sain, Qunshuo Wei, Chengchun Tang, Xiaowei Li, Thomas Weiss, Lingling Huang, Yongtian Wang, Thomas Zentgraf
Multichannel vectorial holographic display and encryption
published pages: , ISSN: 2047-7538, DOI: 10.1038/s41377-018-0091-0
Light: Science & Applications 7/1 2019-04-18
2018 Christian Schlickriede, Naomi Waterman, Bernhard Reineke, Philip Georgi, Guixin Li, Shuang Zhang, Thomas Zentgraf
Imaging through Nonlinear Metalens Using Second Harmonic Generation
published pages: 1703843, ISSN: 0935-9648, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201703843
Advanced Materials 30/8 2019-04-18

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