Multi-scale molecular engineering for nonlinear molecular photonics

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Abstract

Professor Isabelle Ledoux-Rak
Laboratoire de Photonique Quantique et Moléculaire, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France

2015 Holweck Prize Lecture

Joint Physics/Chemistry Colloquium

The emergence of molecular photonics at the cross-roads of physics, chemistry and device engineering has being triggered by increasing demand in various fields such as high bitrate telecommunications, sensors, and bio-imaging. The wealth of molecular structures and the exploitation of their functional and structural flexibility opens-up new, exciting horizons for this area of research. Designing highly efficient molecules with optimised photonic properties remains a major challenge after 50 years of continuous development, based on fruitful and interdisciplinary cooperation between chemists and physicists.

In this lecture, the principles of molecular engineering for quadratic nonlinear optics will be discussed, with an emphasis on metal complexes and lanthanide derivatives, on nonlinear optical characterization methods. This will be followed by a review of intermolecular interactions and various orientation methods, in order to bridge the gap between molecules to materials, towards a wide range of applications. Finally, perspectives will be provided on molecular photonics towards device–rel.

  • Venue

    Lecture Theatre B Physics, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland

  • Date

    September 16, 2015

  • Time

    From: 17h15 To: 18h30

  • Sponsor

    University of St Andrews
    The oldest university in Scotland, with international renown for both research and education of undergraduates and postgraduates.

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