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Opportunity at Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)

Sub­Diffraction Confinement of Photons using Surface Plasmon and Surface Phonon Polariton Nanostructures

Location

Naval Research Laboratory, DC, Electronics Science & Technology Division

RO# Location
64.15.25.B7826 Washington, DC 203755321

Advisers

name email phone
Travis James Anderson travis.anderson@nrl.navy.mil 202.404.5854

Description

Opportunities are available to participate in our research, which focuses on investigating the sub­diffraction limit confinement and manipulation of light within the optical frequency regime (ultraviolet to mid­infrared) using nanostructures. This involves either the use of random or periodic arrays of plasmonic or surface phonon polariton materials, such as plasmonic metals (silver, gold) or dielectric materials (e.g., silicon, silicon carbide, III-N).

We are looking for an experimentalist who will handle both the fabrication and characterization processes, which will involve electron beam and optical lithography, reactive ion etching, metal deposition processes along with other standard lithographic steps. The characterization will involve the use of reflection/transmission microscope measurements, near scattering optical microscopy, FTIR, micro-Raman spectroscopy, and SEM imaging. We are also looking for a theorist who has experience in modeling optical modes within sub-diffraction limit systems, such as those discussed above. The applicant should be familiar with Comsol and/or FDTD calculations; a bonus is placed on experience with surface phonon polariton work.

 

References

Caldwell JD, et al: ACS Nano 5: 4046, 2011

Caldwell JD, et al: Optics Express 19(27): 26056, 2011 (Chosen for Spotlight on Optics; Cross-listed Virtual journal of Biomedical Optics)

 

Keywords:
Plasmonics; Phonon polariton; Polar dielectric; Nanostructure; Optical confinement; Silicon carbide; Localized surface Plasmon; Resonator; Sub-diffraction limit;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants

Stipend

Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$89,834.00 $3,000.00
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