Design of nanophotonic devices and materials
This project is a joint continuation of the past projects D9 (design of nano-photonic devices) and D15 (functional nano-structures). In cooperation with the Center for Functional Nanostructures (CFN) in Karlsruhe we are modeling and analysing nano-photonic devices and materials wich is crucial for the understanding of the underlying physical effects and facilitates further development of such devices.
Nano-photonic devices offer the possibility to guide and manipulate light on length-scales of the order of its wavelength. This opens immense prospects for the miniaturization of optical components. The main fields of application of our algorithms are photolithography for the production of computer chips and the design of nano-optical devices such as metamaterials and photonic cavities. As the size of the analyzed structures is of the order of a few wavelengths, the wave nature of light has to be taken into account. Mathematically the electromagnetic field is described by Maxwell's equations. Within this project we consider scattering problems as well as resonance problems. The analysis and modeling of nano-optic devices is done in coorporation with the Center for Functional Nanostructures (CFN) in Karlsruhe.