The Photonic Nanomaterials Group is primarily dedicated to the study of the fundamental optical properties and potential applications of subwavelength nanoparticles supporting localized optical resonances. Resonant nanoparticles and their assemblies can show complex and often surprising interactions with light, giving rise to phenomena such as "magnetic light", directional scattering, and strong near-field enhancements. Using the capabilities of modern nanotechnology, these interactions can be tailored by the size, shape, material composition, and arrangement of the nanoparticles. As such, resonant nanoparticle structures are a versatile research platform for investigating fundamental light-matter interactions and nanoscale coupling phenomena. Furthermore, they provide unique optical functionalities opening new opportunities for applications like next-generation (quantum) light sources, truly flat optical components, and optical communications. We combine top-down and bottom-up nanofabrication approaches to experimentally realize composite photonic systems able to control the emission, propagation, and absorption of light and all of its properties at the nanoscale, and we use a range of dedicated techniques for their optical characterization.
Dr. Staude's research focuses on the use of designed photonic nanostructures which are to control the emission, absorption, and propagation of light at the nanoscale level. Her research topics include:
Dr. Staude teaches graduate courses on nanooptics and nanooptical materials within the M.Sc. Photonics course.
For the experimental realization and study of functional photonic nanostructures, the junior research group Functional Photonic Nanostructures led by Dr. Staude employs a range of state-of-the-art nanotechnology and optical characterization techniques, including: