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Creating photonic analogues of bilayer 2D materials

Faculty of Arts and Science

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Dr P. Bianucci Applications accepted all year round

About the Project

When two layers of a 2D materials are assembled into a structure, rich new behaviours can appear, such as the superconductivity at the magic angle in bilayer graphene. Based on our research, we have found a way to control the coupling between propagating and counter-propagating resonant modes in photonic rings. By making lattices (such as a honeycomb one) with such rings we can create, in a single photonic layer, the equivalent of a bilayer system. By modulating the coupling along the ring array, we can emulate different bilayer angles and obtain moire patterns. This project involves using computer simulations to understand the band structure of these photonic bilayer materials, and to find out what new phenomena can be demonstrated with them. Once a good understanding of these photonic materials is reached, we will fabricate them and do experimental measurements to confirm the existence of these phenomena.

In the Bianucci Research Group we investigate light, with particular interest in the interaction between light and matter and the trapping of light using microscale optical resonators. We perform experiments, use computer simulations, and apply theoretical models to understand the physics of light. Our current areas of research include cutting edge photonics, topological optics, optical sensors, and the growth and optical characterization of semiconductor nanostructures.

We have a vibrant research group, with international collaborations. Each student has their own project, and they present their results at regional, national, and international conferences.

We are looking for a motivated student who is willing to take ownership of their projects. We believe that diversity is a strength of our research group, and take it seriously.

Funding Notes

Successful applicant will be offered a financial packages consisting of RA, TA and various awards of at least 20,000 CAD per year (often more), for 4 years PhD. International students will be offered tuition remissions or other awards to compensate for the international tuition fees.

Please contact Professor Pablo Bianucci ([Email Address Removed]) or Professor Valter Zazubovits, Graduate Program Director ([Email Address Removed]) for more information.
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