Prof. Jacqueline Bloch, Centre de Nanosciences et de Nanotechnologies, Palaiseau:
Simulating Condensed Matter Physics with Light
When confining photons in semiconductor lattices, it is possible to deeply modify their physical properties. Photons can behave as finite or even infinite mass particles, photons inherit topological properties and propagate along edge states without back scattering, photons can become superfluid and behave as interacting particles. These are just a few examples of properties that can be imprinted into fluids of light in semiconductor lattices.
Such manipulations of light present not only potential for applications in photonics, but great promise for fundamental studies. During the talk, I will illustrate the variety of physical systems we can emulate with fluids of light by presenting a few recent experiments: a photonic benzene molecule that emits helical photons, a photonic 1D lattice with topological edge states and photonic graphene with exotic Dirac cones. Perspectives in terms of quantum simulation will be discussed.
Scanning electron microscopy images of photonic lattices
We are pleased to announce the twelfth round of the Distinguished Lecturer Series at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light. The lectures will follow a colloquium format for a broad audience and will be followed by a reception to provide an opportunity for meeting the speaker.