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Physics Seminar: Control of light-matter interaction in 2D materials
January 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Prof. Vinod Menon
City College of CUNY
New York, NY
Two-dimensional (2D) Van der Waals materials have emerged as a very attractive class of optoelectronic material due to the unprecedented strength in its interaction with light. In this talk I will discuss approaches to enhance and control this interaction by integrating these 2D materials with microcavities, and metamaterials. I will first discuss the formation of strongly coupled half-light half-matter quasiparticles (microcavity polaritons)  and their spin-optic control  in the 2D transition metal dichacogenide (TMD) systems. Prospects of realizing condensation and few photon nonlinear switches using Rydberg states in TMDs will also be discussed. Following this, I will discuss the routing of valley excitons in 2D TMDs using chiral metasurfaces . Finally, I will talk about room temperature single photon emission from hexagonal boron nitride  and the prospects of developing deterministic quantum emitters using them .
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Light refreshments will be served.