Micro- and Nanophotonics

In Summer 2021


Ilias link: Micro- and Nanophotonics


Owing to the advances in fabrication technologies, classical optics has developed tremendously in recent years. New research areas dealing with structure sizes in the same order of magnitude or smaller than the wavelength of light have been established. This implies structure sizes in the range of micro- to nanometers in the optical domain. In this lecture, the most important advances in this field will be presented with focus on the theoretical background, starting from the well-established Mie-theory and going to state-of-the-art research, such as plasmonics and metamaterials.

The lecture is a special lecture for the module "Advanced Optics". Language is English.


Thursday 11:30  - 13:00  



to be announced    

Students of the master program Photonics Engineering are required to present a short talk (15 minutes) at the end of the semester. Possible topics are:

  • Plasmonic refractive index sensing
  • Purcell effect in plasmonic nanoantennas
  • Plasmonic analogue of electromagnetically induced transparency
  • Metamaterial cloaking
  • Metasurfaces

Details will be discussed in the first exercise class.



  • C. F. Bohren and D. R. Huffman: "Absorption and scattering of light by small particles" (Wiley)
  • K. Sakoda: "Optical properties of photonic crystals" (Springer)
  • S. A. Maier: "Plasmonics – Fundamentals and Applications" (Springer)


  • Scattering of light at small obstacles
  • Plasmonics
  • Photonic crystals
  • Metamaterials
  • Transformation optics


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Thomas Weiss

Prof. Dr.

Leader of the Research Group "Physical Optics" (University of Stuttgart) and "Theoretical Nanophysics" (University of Graz)

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