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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Hachtel, Jordan Adam
Author's Email Address jordan.hachtel@gmail.com
URN etd-11192016-110214
Title The Nanoscale Optical Properties of Complex Nanostructures
Degree PhD
Department Physics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Professor Sokrates T. Pantelides Committee Chair
Professor Gerd Duscher Committee Member
Professor Kalman Varga Committee Member
Professor Richard F. Haglund Committee Member
Professor Stephen J. Pennycook Committee Member
  • Plasmonic Nanostructures
  • Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • Cathodoluminescence
  • Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy
  • Optical Properties
  • Density Functional Theory
Date of Defense 2016-09-16
Availability unrestricted
Optical nanostructures are becoming an increasingly important aspect of modern technology. As a result high-resolution experimental techniques as well as nanoscale computational methods have become increasingly important in materials science to access the nanoscale effects. From the theoretical side atomistic density functional theory calculations are used to quantitatively determine interface absorption effects in multilayer heterostructures. From the experimental side, scanning transmission electron microscopy coupled with cathodoluminescence and electron energy loss spectroscopy are used to probe complex optical systems with nanoscale precision, specifically focusing on plasmonic nanostructures with unique optical responses. The combination of the two allows for in depth investigations into the optical response of complex nanostructures directly at the nanoscale.
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