Topics in Theoretical and Computational Nanoscience

From Controlling Light at the Nanoscale to Calculating Quantum Effects with Classical Electrodynamics

  • Jeffrey Michael McMahon

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

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  10. Back Matter
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About this book


Interest in structures with nanometer-length features has significantly increased as experimental techniques for their fabrication have become possible. The study of phenomena in this area is termed nanoscience, and is a research focus of chemists, pure and applied physics, electrical engineers, and others. The reason for such a focus is the wide range of novel effects that exist at this scale, both of fundamental and practical interest, which often arise from the interaction between metallic nanostructures and light, and range from large electromagnetic field enhancements to extraordinary optical transmission of light through arrays of subwavelength holes.

This dissertation is aimed at addressing some of the most fundamental and outstanding questions in nanoscience from a theoretical and computational perspective, specifically:

· At the single nanoparticle level, how well do experimental and classical electrodynamics agree?

· What is the detailed relationship between optical response and nanoparticle morphology, composition, and environment?

· Does an optimal nanostructure exist for generating large electromagnetic field enhancements, and is there a fundamental limit to this?

· Can nanostructures be used to control light, such as confining it, or causing fundamentally different scattering phenomena to interact, such as electromagnetic surface modes and diffraction effects?

· Is it possible to calculate quantum effects using classical electrodynamics, and if so, how do they affect optical properties?


Classical Electrodynamics Computational Nanoscience Nanoscale science Quantum Effects Theoretical Nanoscience

Authors and affiliations

  • Jeffrey Michael McMahon
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  1. 1., Department of PhysicsUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaiUrbanaUSA

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