Photonics and Plasmas

Photonics and plasma research explores the use of light waves to identify novel and practical technologies for current and future real-world applications. Our researchers carry out innovative and internationally renowned research activities in photonics, lasers, optics, and plasmas ranging from nanoscale optical engineering to laser fusion energy. They work in a stimulating environment and have access to state-of-the-art, high-power lasers; photonics technology; and nanotechnology fabrication tools in our ultrafast laser facilities and in-house NanoFabrication facility. This has attracted numerous industrial partners to participate in leading-edge research with the department.

Current photonics research:

  • nanoplasmonics
  • spinplasmonics
  • nanophotonics
  • THz photonics
  • laser technology
  • integrated optics
  • ultrafast and nonlinear photonics
  • bio-photonics and bio-imaging technologies
  • laser material interactions
  • laser micro/nano-machining and laser deposition
  • opto-microfluidics
  • electro-magneto-optics
  • environmental sensing

Current plasmas research:

  • laser plasma interactions
  • X-ray and high energy particle generation and applications
  • laser fusion energy