Chirality and Chiroptical Effects in Plasmonic Nanostructures

PhD project seeking to explore and enhance our understanding of the fundamental relationship between chirality and light, through the effect of plasmonics.

Modern nanofabrication techniques have allowed the development of nanostructures whose properties are determined not only by the choice of materials, but also by their geometry. The strong dependence on geometry enables the tailored design of structures exhibiting novel optical properties.

Much of this project has focused on the active development of comprehensive characterisation experiments. Various experimental schemes exist to enhance measurable chioptical (chiral-optical) effects, including nonlinear measurements, diffraction imaging, and microscopy. By developing automated data acquisition and processing, we use these techniques to develop a better understanding of the relationship between nanostructure geometry, and their optical properties.

Conference talks

ICSQE 2018, Nesebar, SHG Optical Activity in Chiral Metamaterials

ICPN 2018, Wroclaw, Nonlinear Chiroptical Effects in Plasmonic Metamaterials

Chiroptics 2017, Munich, Modal Decomposition of Chiroptical Properties

ICSQE 2016, Sozopol, Modal Origin of Chiroptical Effects in Plasmonic Nanomaterials

Outreach

I have been heavily involved in a fully funded outreach project demonstrating the interesting properties and applications of light in both science and every-day life, aimed at Key Stage 2, year 5 and 6 students. This has involved leading a range of activities in small groups of 5-6 students, as well as leading the overall whole-class session. For more information, visit people.bath.ac.uk/vkv23/English/EducationalOutreach