Event: PME Quantum Seminar: Metamaterials Based on Broken Symmetries


December 2, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


William Eckhardt Research Center (Rm 301B)


Recent research activity in electromagnetics, nano-optics, acoustics and mechanics, showing how suitably tailored meta-atoms and suitable arrangements of them open exciting venues to realize new phenomena and devices for light, radio-waves and sound. Dr. Alu will discuss venues to largely break Lorentz reciprocity and realize isolation without the need of magnetic bias, based on broken time-reversal symmetry induced by mechanical motion, spatio-temporal modulation and/or nonlinearities. He will also discuss how broken symmetries in space and space-time can open the opportunity to induce topological order in metamaterials. Another class of interesting metamaterials based on broken symmetries are parity-time symmetric metamaterials, which are asymmetric in space, but symmetric upon parity and time inversion. In the talk, Dr. Alu will also discuss the impact of these concepts from basic science to practical technology, from classical waves to quantum phenomena.

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