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Seminar Announcement: Alexander Quandt

posted Oct 15, 2019, 7:58 AM by Stefano Varas   [ updated Oct 15, 2019, 7:58 AM ]

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 15:00
Sala Grande Palazzina C via alla Cascata 56/C

"Computational Photonics and Topological Materials"

Alexander Quandt
University of the Witwatersrand,
WITS University 1 Jan Smuts Avenue Braamfontein 2000,
South Africa

In recent years it became clear that many photonic structures show interesting topological properties, which had simply been overlooked in the past. I will give an introduction into this fascinating topic and discuss various examples like topological photonic crystals and topological waveguide arrays. My focus will be on an elementar y discussion of the main results, where I will slightly deviate from the standard approaches and show how to apply rather intuitive concepts like the Brouwer degree, instead of falling back on more abstract mathematical concepts. Finally, I will discuss so me of the numerical approaches used to study topological photonic systems.

Stefano Varas,
Oct 15, 2019, 7:58 AM