Lycurgus cup, one of the oldest nanotechnology artifacts (Andrea Benfenati)

  • Date: May 28, 2018
  • Time: 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Andrea Benfenati
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, visiting MPQ from 27.05.2017 to 30.05.2018
  • Location: Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik
  • Room: B 0.40
  • Host: MPQ, Theory Division, hosted by Dr. Richard Schmidt

The talk will be a presentation of my two main research work. It will start outlining my Bsc thesis, which is a theoretical work aimed at studying the electromagnetic scattering problem for spherical nanoparticles dispersed in a colloidal suspension. The goal of the work is to describe the behavior shown by the Lycurgus Cup, a cage cup realized by the ancient Romans. This cup shows dichroic properties due to the presence of a colloidal suspension of gold and silver nanoparticles into the glass. The second part of the talk will be about the theoretical background of my current research work in type 1.5 superconductivity. After outlining the fundamental notions, we will go through the starting point of my current research and its status.

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