Resonant nanoparticles and their assemblies can show complex and often surprising interactions with light, giving rise to phenomena such as "magnetic light", directional scattering, Fano resonances, and strong near-field enhancements. Using the capabilities of modern nanotechnology, these interactions can be tailored by the size, shape, material composition, and arrangement of the nanoparticles. As such, resonant nanoparticle structures are a versatile research platform for investigating fundamental light-matter interactions and nanoscale coupling phenomena. Furthermore, they provide unique optical functionalities opening new opportunities for applications like next-generation (quantum) light sources, optical communications, and truly flat optical components. In our research we combine top-down and bottom-up nanofabrication approaches to experimentally realize composite photonic systems able to control the emission, propagation, and absorption of light and all of its properties at the nanoscale.


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Recently, we have focused on nanoparticles composed of highly transparent, high-refractive-index dielectrics. Such nanoparticles support localized electric and magnetic Mie-type resonances (see image), thereby providing a low-loss alternative to plasmonic nanostructures [1]. Most prominently, highly efficient functional nanosurfaces [2], e.g., for resonant wavefront shaping [3], nonlinear frequency generation [4], and spectral filtering [5] can be created by dedicated arrangements of designed dielectric nanoresonators in a plane. Active tuneability of dielectric nanosurfaces has been achieved using liquid crystals [6]. Furthermore, we have studied the use of Mie-resonant all-dielectric nanoparticles as high-radiation efficiency nanoantennas for spontaneous emission control [1,7].

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[2] M. Decker et al., Adv. Opt. Mater. 3, 813−820 (2015).
[3] K. E. Chong et al., Nano Lett. 15, 5369-5374 (2015).
[4] M. R. Shcherbakov et al., Nano Lett. 14, 6488−6492 (2014).
[5] K. E. Chong et al., Small 10, 1985-1990 (2014).
[6] J. Sautter et al., ACS Nano 9, 4308-4315 (2015).
[7] I. Staude et al., ACS Photonics 2, 172-177 (2015).