Optical Trapping of Nanoparticles and Optical Antennas

The student can choose between two sub-projects. The first involves our recent discovery of optical trapping of nanoparticles that is 10000 times more efficient than past methods. With this improvement we can trap, detect and manipulate even single proteins. We are studying the capability of this unique trapping configuration, which will be the research task of the student. The second project involves design of antenna like structures for the visible-infrared regime. These antennas will be of interest to single photon sources and enhanced photovoltaics (solar cells).

Faculty Supervisor: 
Reuven Gordon
Department: 
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Partner University: 
University of Victoria