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The purpose of this European funded project is the study, development and application of a novel concept of nanostructured materials formed by the combination of components with plasmonic and magneto-optic (MO) activity. This smart combination will produce “magneto-plasmonic” nanomaterials tailored on the nanoscale.

The project has two main goals; the first is to prepare active magneto-plasmonic materials with tailored properties in the nanoscale and understanding the interactions of the magnetic properties with the plasmonic and optical ones, linked to electric charge oscillations. The second goal is to provide proof of concept for applications that can benefit of this coupling. Since it is expected that the optical properties of these materials can be driven by using a magnetic field, this will allow designing and developing novel magneto-plasmonic devices. In particular, as a proof of the applicability of this concept, we will design, fabricate and test a new kind of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor with MO elements, i.e. a surface magneto-plasmon resonance (SMPR) sensor, comparing its performance against standard sensors.

The project also includes prospective tasks for silicon-oriented uses. This part includes the identification of relevant applications of magneto-plasmonic materials for microelectronics and information technology.

Depending on the materials properties several application routes will be proposed in either opto-electronic, spin-tronic, spin-photonic domains and for each electromagnetic simulation and integration analysis will be performed. Preliminary manufacturing flows will be proposed based on 200-to-300mm silicon standards for microelectronic (CMOS) and microsystem (System On Chip SOC) uses.


In short the S&T objectives can be regarded as four, in which we will consider both bottom-up and top-down approaches to obtain the desired magneto-plasmonic materials:

(a) Development of nanomaterials that combine plasmons and magnetic properties (films, nanoparticles, core-shell structures).
(b) Investigate the correlation between the optical, magnetic, magneto-optical and magneto-plasmonic properties.
(c) Carry out theoretical calculations of the optical response considering the magneto-optical contribution.
(d) Provide proof of concept for applications based in the magneto-plasmonic activity, and testing for specific applications in the field of chemical sensors and biosensors. Identification of applications for microelectronics and information technology.

  cuadro   News (26)
     cuadro Merging plasmonics and nanophotonics could bring 'quantum information systems' (27-10-2011)
     cuadro Research highlights photonic and plasmonic nanostructures with applications in optical communications, energy generation and biomedical research (24-10-2011)
     cuadro Recommendation on the definition of a nanomaterial (European Commission) (20-10-2011)
  cuadro   Conferences (32)
     cuadro NFO12 - Near-Field Optics, Nanooptics and Related Techniques. September 03-06, 2012. San Sebastian (Spain)
     cuadro Plasmonics Gordon Research Conference. June 10-15, 2012. Waterville (USA)
     cuadro 12th Trends in Nanotechnology International Conference (TNT2011). November 21-25, 2011. Canary Islands (Spain)
  cuadro   Jobs (8)
     cuadro PostDoctoral Position: Study of magnetoplasmonic effects in hetero-nanostructures, Italy (15/5/2011)
     cuadro PostDoctoral Position: AFM and Fluorescence Microscopy investigations of plasmonics architectures, France (2/2/2011)
     cuadro Senior Research Engineer position: Nanoscale Photonics/Plasmonics, Singapore (18/10/2010)
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