The Kavli Foundation Early Career Lectureship in Materials Science

Thursday, December 1
5:15 pm – 6:00 pm
Sheraton, 2nd Floor, Grand Ballroom

Andrea AluAndrea Alù, The University of Texas at Austin
Designer Matter—Fascinating Interactions of Light and Sound with Metamaterials

The Kavli Foundation is dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of humanity, promoting public understanding of scientific research and supporting scientists and their work.

Metamaterials are artificial materials with emerging physical properties that go well beyond their constituents and what is offered by nature, providing unprecedented opportunities to tailor and enhance the interaction between waves and matter. In this talk, I discuss our recent research activity in electromagnetics, nano-optics, acoustics and mechanics, showing how suitably tailored meta-atoms and their arrangements open exciting venues to manipulate and control waves in unprecedented ways. I will discuss our most recent theoretical and experimental results, including metamaterials for scattering suppression, nanostructures and metasurfaces to control wave propagation and radiation, large nonreciprocity without magnetism, giant nonlinearities in properly tailored metasurfaces, and parity-time symmetric meta-atoms and metasurfaces. Physical insights into the exotic phenomena behind the metamaterial response, new devices based on these concepts, and their impact on technology will be discussed during the talk.

About Andrea Alù

Andrea Alù is the Temple Foundation Endowed Professor No. 3 at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his Laurea degree (2001) and PhD degree (2007) from the University of Roma Tre, and, after a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 2009. His current research interests span over a broad range of areas, including metamaterials and plasmonics, electromagnetics, nano-optics, photonics and acoustics. Alù is a Fellow of IEEE, OSA, and APS. He is a prolific author, with over 320 journal papers (>15,000 citations), 13 patents or patent applications, and he has received several scientific awards and honors, including the NSF Alan T. Waterman Award (2015), the OSA Adolph Lomb Medal (2013) and the URSI Issac Koga Gold Medal (2011).


In this MRS TV interview, Andrea Alù discusses the importance of metamaterials and new applications of metamaterials in nanophotonics.