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Thursday, October 13, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM*
Champan Distinguished Lecture Series
Hosted by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Rice University
*reception to follow lecture

"Controlling Light-Matter Interactions on the Nanometer Scale"

The past 20 years have brought exceptional control over light-matter interactions on the nanoscale. Today, localized optical fields are being probed with nanoscale materials, and, vice versa, nanoscale materials are being controlled and manipulated with localized fields. In this talk I will review both early and recent developments in near-field optical spectroscopy and optical nanomanipulation.

Speaker: Dr. Lukas Novotny

NovotnyProfessor Novotny earned his Dipl. El-Ing (MS in electrical engineering) in 1992 and his Dr. sc. techn. (Doctor of Technical Sciences) in 1996, both from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. His doctoral research was in close collaboration with the IBM Research Laboratory in Switzerland and dealt with theoretical questions in near-field optics. After three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington, working on new schemes of near-field optical microscopy and single molecule spectroscopy, Professor Novotny joined the faculty of the Institute of Optics in 1999 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 2003 and full professor in 2007. After thirteen years at the Institute of Optics, he decided to move back to his home country and accepted a position as full professor at his alma mater ETH in Zurich. Even though an ocean separates the two institutions, he still maintains strong ties to Rochester through his position as adjunct professor. Professor Novotny is author of "Principles of Nano-Optics", published by Cambridge University Press, now in its second edition. Research Professor Novotny's general interest is in the area of experimental and theoretical optics. He is interested in the application of optical science and technology to the study of nanoscale phenomena ranging from solid-state physics to biology. He is exploring ways to surpass the diffraction limit of classical optics and studying the physics of nanometric systems, such as quantum dots or biological proteins. By extending concepts developed in antenna theory to the optical regime, his group demonstrated chemically-specific optical imaging with spatial resolutions down to 10 nm.


About the Chapman Lecture:
The Chapman Lecture Series was created in 2007 to provide support to bring visiting scientists in nanotechnology, to include Natural Sciences and Electrical Engineering.  The series is made possible by the generous support of Dr. Richard A. Chapman '54 and Barbara Madden Chapman '54. Hailing from Waxahachie, Texas, Dr. Chapman matriculated at Rice in 1950. An all-star tackle, Dr. Chapman was All-Southwest Conference twice, made several All-American teams and was a member of the Cotton Bowl All-Star team in the 1950s. Despite being a first-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions, Dr. Chapman decided to stay at Rice and pursue graduate degrees. After receiving a B.A. in physics in 1954, he began work under the tutelage of Professor Tom Bonner, a Rice physics professor for whom Bonner Nuclear Lab is named.  Dr. Chapman earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in 1955 and 1957, respectively, writing his theses on neutron-producing reactions. After completing his degrees, Dr. Chapman worked for General Electric in its nuclear power reactor research and development department for two years and then joined Texas Instruments in 1959. During his career, Dr. Chapman authored 114 papers and was granted 42 U.S. patents. Dr. Chapman was the recipient of six Texas Instruments awards, three for patents on infrared sensing arrays and three for silicon integrated circuit technology. Originally from Houston, Mrs. Barbara Dell Chapman earned her B.A. in English in 1954. She taught school with the Houston area public schools for one year, and then was a full-time homemaker raising the couple’s four children. Dr. and Mrs. Chapman are ardent supporters of their alma mater, Rice University.  

Previous Lectures

The department of Physics & Astronomy organized the first two lectures in 2009 and another in Fall 2015.
Inaugural Chapman Lecture was held in April of 2009.

February 25, 2016 - "Tabletop X-Ray Lasers: From Star Wars to Nanotechnology"
Margaret Murnane, University of Colorado
Host: Isabell Thomann

March 25, 2013 - "The Nano-Gold Rush"
Jochen Feldmann, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat (LMU), Munich, Germany
Host: Kevin Kelly

March 7, 2012 - "The Science of Invisbility"
John Pendry, Imperial College London
Host: Naomi Halas

November 5, 2009 - "WONDER IN FLAT CARBON WORLD: Graphene"
Philip Kim, Columbia University

April 6, 2009 - "NANOTECHNOLOGY FOR STRETCHABLE ELECTRONICS: From Electronic Eyeballs to Brain Monitors"
John A. Rogers, University of Illinois