Coming Spring 2019-Light & Colors: Simulating Optical Properties of Nanoparticles

Do you ever wonder if the sky looks the same on other planets as it does on Earth?

Sandia is the Spanish world for "watermelon," and it is widely believed that Albuquerque's own Sandia Mountains were given their name because, during the sunset, they turn red. But have you ever wondered why this happens? Why is the sky blue during the day, but red during the sunrise and sunset?  You might be surprised to learn that the mechanism behind stained glass windows is related to these questions. From the times of ancient Egyptians and Romans through modern day, stained glass has been manufactured to produce vivid colors, but how does that work? How could ancient people produce and control this behavior?

By participating in this project, students will learn how light interacts with small objects or nanoscale matter crucial for the development of nanotechnology, which enables:

  • More efficient solar energy harvesting
  • Improved technology for healthcare
  • Vivid color printing
  • Applications in security

Students can join Dr. Manjavacas' Nanophotonics Theory Group to learn more about research in the field.

INSTRUCTOR

Dr. Alejandro Manjavacas, Assistant Professor (Physics), Department of Physics & Astronomy

Remember to Check Back in the Spring for more details.

Event Details

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Instructor: Dr. Alejandro Manjavacas, Assistant Professor (Physics), Department of Physics & Astronomy
Who can attend: Undergraduate Students - Freshmen and Sophomores are Encouraged to Participate
Meet at: Check Back in the Spring for Details
Location: Check Back in the Spring for Details
What to bring: Your curiosity about why the sky is blue during the day, but red during sunrise and sunset!
Days: Spring 2019
Type: Workshop

 This event does not
require registration.