Term of Award

Fall 2016

Degree Name

Master of Science in Applied Physical Science (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Chemistry

Committee Chair

Maxim Durach

Committee Member 1

Clayton Heller

Committee Member 2

Xiao Jun Wang

Committee Member 3

Li Ma

Abstract

The field of photonics has been growing rapidly over the last few decades as it has endeavored to harness the potential of nanostructured materials to utilize the energy and momentum of electromagnetic radiation on the nanoscale. Using metal nanostructures provides the ability to take advantage of the sub-field of plasmonics which holds the promise of opening the world to vast increases in computational power by circumventing the limitations of conventional current that plague today’s processors. With a thorough understanding of this subject we also get one step closer to increasing the efficiency of solar technology, developing a finer scale of sensing technology, and a new area of minute scale mechanical manipulation of materials. There is still much work to be done before we attain these lofty goals. As such, here we present another step in the never ending journey of exploration.

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