Prof. Ortwin Hess.

Title of Talk
Active Quantum Nanophotonics: From nanoplasmonic strong coupling to quantum chaos in semiconductor lasers

Professor Ortwin Hess holds the Leverhulme Chair in Metamaterials at London’s Imperial College and is co-director of the Centre for Plasmonics and Metamaterials. Bridging condensed matter theory and quantum optics Professor Hess specialises in quantum nanophotonics, plasmonics, active metamaterials and semiconductor laser dynamics. Since the late 1980s he has been an author and coauthor of over 300 peer-reviewed articles, the most popular of which, called “‘Trapped rainbow’ storage of light in metamaterials”.

He pioneered active (gain enhanced) nanoplasmonics and metamaterials with quantum gain and in 2014 he introduced the “stopped-light lasing” principle as a novel route to cavity-free (nano-) lasing and localisation of amplified surface plasmon polaritons. Professor Hess was awarded the prestigious Rumford Medal for his pioneering work in active nano-plasmonics and optical metamaterials with quantum gain at the Royal Society’s Anniversary Day in November 2016.