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Light-matter interactions in nanophotonic systems

TYPESolid State Institute Seminar
Speaker:Nicholas Rivera
Affiliation:Harvard University, U.S.A.
Time:12:30 - 13:30
Location:Solid State Auditorium(Entrance)
Remark:Host: Associate Professor Ido Kaminerr


In this talk, I will describe some of our recent work in using nanophotonic systems to realize new and enhanced
classical and quantum light sources.
In the first part of the talk, I will describe what photonic nanostructures can do for "classical" light sources, such as
scintillators, which are materials that detect ionizing radiation by converting them into visible photons. By
integrating a scintillating material into a photonic crystal, we show experimentally how the scintillation can be
strongly shaped and even enhanced by an order of magnitude, showing results for both electron-beam and x-rayinduced scintillation.

In the second part of the talk, I will describe new theoretical concepts for tailoring quantum
light states, by tailoring the nonlinear and dissipative properties of photons. As an example of this broader concept,
I will show how photonic resonators with Kerr nonlinearity and photonic bound states in the continuum enable a
surprising new effect in nonlinear optics in which a coherent state of light spontaneously evolves into a large
multi-photon Fock state, deterministically. Finally, I will discuss a few of the new avenues we are pursuing in the
field of quantum nonlinear optics, particularly with respect to both the fundamental physics of driving material
systems with strong quantum light, as well as the physics of novel nonlinearities enabled by strongly interacting
light-matter systems.


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