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Seed IV

Theory and Computation: from Optical Lattices to Conductance in the Nanoscale

Complementary to the experimental efforts underway in Seed #1, the research goal of this seed project consists of numerical research by exploring the near-field plasmonic response of a periodic array of nanorods, designed to resonate with the frequency of the blue-detuned laser field at different distances from the surface-supported nanorod array. Other particle shapes (e.g., pyramides) that can be designed to resonate at the desired frequency will be explored if necessary. A mathematical algorithm to numerically design plasmonic arrays will be introduced that will produce optical standing waves with a set of predetermined properties and could serve for different applications. The quantum dynamics of the cold species subject to the combination of gravity and the optical array will also be explored.