Published: 7 August 2014, 13:03
On August 6, 2014 the Jena optics community was delighted to attend a highly inspiring lecture of Prof. George Schatz, Northwestern University, (Evanston, IL) within the regular seminar held by the Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT). Prof Schatz followed an invitation of Dr. Wolfgang Fritzsche, head of department for Nanobiophotonics at the IPHT.
The Schatz research group is interested in using theory and computation to describe physical phenomena in a broad range of applications relevant to chemistry, physics, biology and engineering. In fact, George Schatz and co-workers were among the first scientists worldwide who already in the 1970s explored the field of optical properties of metallic nanoparticles, which is very much inspiring still today and at the heart of the flourishing field of general plasmonics. The Schatz group has been developing methods for solving Maxwell's equations for noble metal nanoparticles, especially nonspherical nanoparticles, and arrays and aggregates of nanoparticles. Today, research is continued with respect to developing mixed quantum mechanical/electrodynamics methods for describing the spectroscopic properties of molecules on metal particles. Other research thrusts of the Schatz group include the modeling of polymer properties in extreme environments, gas phase reaction dynamics, DNA structure, thermodynamics and dynamics, self-assembly and nanopatterning, and hierarchical nanosystems.
The optics community of Jena was proud to host one of the very pioneers of plasmonics and thank George Schatz for the given opportunity of exchanging our ideas.