Seminar Details:

LANS Informal Seminar
"Optimization By Email of 3D Plasmonic Crystal Structures"

DATE: September 9, 2009

TIME: 15:00:00 - 16:00:00
SPEAKER: Sven Leyffer, MCS
LOCATION: Building 221 Conference Room A261, Argonne National Laboratory

We study the refractive index sensitive transmission of a 3D
plasmonic crystal, which can exhibit strong optical responses near certain wavelengths and are used in chemical sensing applications. Our goal is to design a a square array of subwavelength cylindrical nanowells in a polymer conformally coated with a gold film that maximizes the optical response.

Every choice of design parameters requires the solution of a 3D finite-difference time-domain simulations that runs for 12 hours of wall-clock time on a 125-nopde linux cluster. We reveal "How the Optimization Was Won" using low-tech tools such as email, matlab, and AMPL.

Government health warning:
This talk is content-free! It does not contain any enlightening or educational material. Attending this talk may seriously harm your ability to carry out world-class research!

Joint work with Stephen Gray (CNM), Joanna Maria (UIUC), and
Boyana Norris (MCS).


Please send questions or suggestions to Jeffrey Larson: jmlarson at anl dot gov.