Introduction to Plasmonics

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Number: 151-0911-00L / HS 2016

Syllabus: 2016 pdf

Instructor: Prof. David J. Norris, LEE P 210,

Teaching Assistant: Mr. Felipe Antolinez, LEE P 219,

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Lectures: Wednesday 15:00-17:00, ML F 34

Excercises: Thursday 9:00-10:00, HG F 26.5

Course Description: This course provides fundamental knowledge of surface plasmons and discusses their applications in the field of plasmonics.  

Textbook: “Plasmonics: Fundamentals and Applications,”
by Stefan Maier (Springer Science, New York, ©2007).
Note: pdf’s of this text will be posted on the class website.

Additional Text: “Introduction to Electrodynamics,” 2nd Edition (or later)
(for background) By David J. Griffiths (Prentice Hall, New Jersey, ©1989).

Prerequisites: Physics I, Physics II

Course Objectives: Electromagnetic oscillations known as surface plasmons have many unique properties that are useful across a broad set of applications in biology, chemistry, physics, and optics. The field of plasmonics has arisen to understand the behavior of surface plasmons and to develop applications in areas such as catalysis, imaging, photovoltaics, and sensing. In particular, metallic nanoparticles and patterned metallic interfaces have been developed to utilize plasmonic resonances. The aim of this course is to provide the basic knowledge to understand and apply the principles of plasmonics. The course will strive to be approachable to students from a diverse set of science and engineering backgrounds.

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