How tightly can we confine light? For many years the answer was a single optical wavelength, but new insights allow us to go a thousand times smaller. This opens up a regime where we can watch single molecules, and sculpt directly the nanoscale using light. Combining metal nano-objects very closely, we squeeze light into tiny dimensions to give colours exquisitely dependent on the geometry. Below 1nm gaps, light reveals the influence of quantum mechanics, at room temperature and ambient conditions. This talk will describe the advances that unlock science, and discuss how these can be translated into technologies, giving various past examples.
Jeremy Baumberg is a leader in nanoscience and nanotechnology, working for much of his career at the interface between academia and industry. He has led interdisciplinary nano-centres at the Universities of Cambridge and Southampton, and developed novel devices within Hitachi, IBM, his spin-offs Mesophotonics and Base4. He is widely recognised as a leading innovator in Nano, with most recent awards being the Institute of Physics Young Medal (2013), Royal Society Fellowship (2011) and Royal Society Mullard Prize (2005).
7pm Refreshments and networking
9pm Refreshments and networking / Close
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