Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 10:15am - 11:05am
Ross McPhedran (University of Sydney)
Two important problems in current photonics concern the optimal choice of materials for coupling light into surface plasmons, and for use in high absorbing thin layers for photovoltaic cells. We describe recent work on the use of zirconium nitride and titanium nitride as alternatives to silver in gold in coupling light from free space into surface plasmons,and show all four can provide coupling efficiencies over 87 % for wavelengths between 0.5 and 2.0 micron.
Friday, April 15, 2016 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Hideo Mabuchi (Stanford University)
The evolution from classical to quantum information technology will be greatly facilitated by the formulation of incremental approaches to making the transition. This is a far greater challenge than might seem apparent, as today we know only of completely classical and fully quantum-mechanical models as practically sensible computing paradigms and the jump to fully-quantum hardware implementations lies well beyond our current technological capabilities. There is not even a convincing road map for getting there.
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