Ertugrul Cubukcu Receives IEEE Young Investigator Award
Ertugrul Cubukcu, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of a 2014 Young Investigator Award from the IEEE Photonics Society. This award honors his "contributions to photonics beyond the diffraction limit with nanoantenna-based devices and sensors." This award was established to honor an individual who has made outstanding technical contributions to photonics prior to his or her 35th birthday.
Cubukcu's research lies at the interface of engineering, physics, material science, and biology with the main themes of nanophotonics and nanotechnology. Nanophotonics, photonics on the nanometer scale, is one of the most exciting topics of current optics research. The diffraction limit of light needs to be overcome in order for scientists to investigate the optical properties of matter on the nanoscale. Plasmonics, due to the interaction of light with conduction electrons in a metal nanoparticle, offers confinement of light on the nanometer scale along with the enhancement of local electric fields. These properties make plasmonics crucial for nanooptics.
The IEEE Photonics Society is concerned with the research, development, design, manufacture, and applications of materials, devices and systems, and with the various scientific and technological activities which contribute to the useful expansion of the field of quantum electronics and applications.
To learn more about Cubukcu and his research, see his faculty profile.