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.