On the other hand – taking the more particle centered point of view – we can try to model the reaction of the photons to certain stimuli.
The modelling is still in progress and explored in many different ways.
The main focus of our guest Claire Scheid who is working on nanophotonics is to solve the corresponding partial differential equations numerically. It is challenging that the nanoscale-photons have to be visible in a discretization for a makro domain. So one needs special ideas to have a geometrical description for changing properties of the material. Even on the fastest available computers it is still the bottleneck to make these computations fast and precise enough.
A special property which has to be reflected in the model is the delay in response of a photon to incoming light waves – also depending on the frequency of the light (which is connected to its velocity- also known as dispersion). So an equation for the the evolution of the electron polarization must be added to the standard model (which is the Maxwell system).
One can say that the model for the permeability has to take into account the whole history of the process. Mathematically this is done through a convolution operator in the equation. There is also the possibility to explain the same phenomenon in the frequency space as well.
In general the work in this field is possible only in good cooperation and interdisciplinary interaction with physicists – which also makes it especially interesting.
She did her studies at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Lyon and later in Paris VI (Université Pierre et Marie Curie). For her PhD she changed to Grenoble and spent two years as Postdoc at the university in Oslo (Norway).
Literature and additional material
- R. Léger, J. Viquerat, C. Durochat, C. Scheid and S. Lanteri: A parallel non-confoming multi-element DGTD method for the simulation of electromagnetic wave interaction with metallic nanoparticles, J. Comput. Appl. Math. Vol 270, p. 330-342, 2014.
- S. Descombes, C. Durochat, S. Lanteri, L. Moya, C. Scheid, J. Viquerat: Recent advances on a DGTD method for time-domain electromagnetism, Photonics and Nanostructures, Volume 11, issue 4, 291-302, 2013.
- K. Busch, M. König, J. Niegemann: Discontinuous Galerkin methods in nanophotonics, Laser and Photonics Reviews, 5, pp. 1–37, 2011.