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Thermal radiation control with nanophotonic structures: harvesting light and darkness

Thursday, January 19, 2017, 11:00 AM
NH 601 (Rady Room)

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Shanhui Fan, Ph.D., Stanford University

Abstract: Thermal radiation is one of the most ubiquitous phenomena in the universe. Every object that we encounter emits and absorbs thermal radiation. The use of nanophotonic structures, which provides new mechanisms to control electromagnetic radiation, therefore can play a prominent role in thermal radiation control as well. In this talk, I will review some of our recent efforts in developing new mechanisms for thermal radiation control, and in designing nanophotonic structures for new technology applications, such as radiative cooling which enables us to harvest the coldness of the universe.

Bio: Shanhui Fan is a Professor of Electrical Engineering, and the Director of the Edward L. Ginzton Laboratory at the Stanford University. He earned his Ph. D in 1997 in theoretical condensed matter physics from MIT. His research interests are in fundamental studies of solid state and photonic structures and devices, especially photonic crystals, plasmonics, and meta-materials, and applications of these structures in energy and information technology applications. He has published more than 390 refereed journal articles that were cited 46,000 times according to Google Scholar, has given more than 300 plenary/keynote/invited talks, and was granted 57 U.S. patents. Fan received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2002), a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering (2003), the National Academy of Sciences W. O. Baker Award for Initiative in Research (2007), and the Adolph Lomb Medal from the Optical Society of America (2007). In 2015-16 he was listed as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in Physics. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and SPIE. 

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