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Non-reciprocal optics

  • Full or part time
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

In contrast to traditional, reciprocal optical systems, non-reciprocal systems allow the realization of interesting physical effects, for example optical isolation or the breaking of seemingly fundamental physical limits, such as the link between a system’s delay and its bandwidth [1]. Typically, non-reciprocal optical elements are realized using magneto-optic materials, for example in a Faraday Rotator. However, these materials are not suitable for integration in nanophotonic devices and thus new methods of achieving non-reciprocity need to be explored, for example nonlinear optical effects or time-variant modulations [2-4].

This project addresses the realization of on-chip non-reciprocal optical elements, new applications enabled by these elements and the exciting new physics achieved by combining non-reciprocal elements with components such as absorbers, emitters or resonators [1].

You are expected to have an interest in studying fundamental concepts in physics as well as mastering hands on nanofabrication and laboratory techniques. The project includes collaborations with groups across Europe and North America, offering you opportunities to visit the laboratories of collaborators and to build your own professional network.

The project will be supervised by Dr. Sebastian Schulz, who will join the department in March 2018. For more details on this topic and for any question regarding the project, please contact Dr. Sebastian Schulz ().

[1] H. Tsakmakidis, L. Shen, S. A. Schulz, X. Zheng, J. Upham, X. Deng, H. Altug, A. F. Vakakis and R. W. Boyd “Breaking Lorentz reciprocity to overcome the time-bandwidth limit in physics and engineering” Science 356, pp1260-1264 (2017). http://science.sciencemag.org/content/356/6344/1260

[2] E. A. Kittlaus, N. T. Otterstrom and P. Rakich “On-chip inter-modal Brillouin Scattering” Nature Communications 8, p.15819 (2017). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5504300/

[3] L. Feng, M. Ayache, J. Huang, Y.-L. Xu, M.-H. Lu, Y.-F. Chen, Y. Fainman and A. Scherer “Nonreciprocal Light Propagation in Silicon Photonic Circuit” Science 333, p. 729 (2011). http://science.sciencemag.org/content/333/6043/729

[4] D. L. Sounas and A. Alu “Non-reciprocal photonics based on time modulation” Nature Photonics 11, p 774 (2017). https://www.nature.com/articles/s41566-017-0051-x

References

[1] H. Tsakmakidis, L. Shen, S. A. Schulz, X. Zheng, J. Upham, X. Deng, H. Altug, A. F. Vakakis and R. W. Boyd “Breaking Lorentz reciprocity to overcome the time-bandwidth limit in physics and engineering” Science 356, pp1260-1264 (2017). http://science.sciencemag.org/content/356/6344/1260

[2] E. A. Kittlaus, N. T. Otterstrom and P. Rakich “On-chip inter-modal Brillouin Scattering” Nature Communications 8, p.15819 (2017). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5504300/

[3] L. Feng, M. Ayache, J. Huang, Y.-L. Xu, M.-H. Lu, Y.-F. Chen, Y. Fainman and A. Scherer “Nonreciprocal Light Propagation in Silicon Photonic Circuit” Science 333, p. 729 (2011). http://science.sciencemag.org/content/333/6043/729

[4] D. L. Sounas and A. Alu “Non-reciprocal photonics based on time modulation” Nature Photonics 11, p 774 (2017). https://www.nature.com/articles/s41566-017-0051-x

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