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Dynamically Reconfigurable Metamaterials

Primary Investigators:
Jason Valentine
Brief Description of Project:
Metamaterials are artificially structured materials that can exhibit exotic optical properties such as high frequency magnetism and a negative index of refraction. These newfound optical properties have enabled new types of optical devices such as lenses thinner than a human hair and photodetectors that can distinguish polarization and wavelength. One of the main goals of our lab is to develop dynamically reconfigurable metamaterials. These could be used, for instance, to create tunable focal length lenses for compact cameras such as those found in cellular phones or to realize displays for electronic devices. The purpose of this summer research experience is to fabricate and characterize dynamic optical metamaterials. The student will work in the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and utilize a range of optical spectroscopy techniques while working closely with a graduate student and Prof. Valentine.

Desired Qualifications:
This project is best suited for individuals with interests in nanoscale materials, optics, fabrication, and optical characterization. The individual should have completed a course covering optics and have a desire to learn about nanoscale fabrication techniques.
Nature of Supervision:
The student will work closely with Prof. Valentine and a graduate student on this project.
A Brief Research Plan (period is for 10 weeks):
Weeks [1–2]: The student will familiarize themselves with nanoscale fabrication and optical characterization techniques
Weeks [3-6]: The student will fabricate optical metamaterials.
Weeks [7-10] The student will characterize the optical properties of the dynamic metamaterials.
Number of Open Slots: 1
Contact Information:
Name: Jason Valentine
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering
Campus Address: 2301 Vanderbilt Place
Mailing Address: 2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235-0002
United States
Phone: (615) 875-5508