Photonics for Energy

The group Photonics for Energy has started its activities at DIFFER in July 2015. The group focuses on the investigation of light-matter interaction in a broad range of frequencies, from the visible to the THz. This interaction is enhanced by resonant structures such as metallic nanoparticles and structured surfaces. Light harvesting enhanced by electromagnetic field resonances is one of the major contributions of photonics for solar energy conversion. Also strong-light matter coupling can generate new opportunities for tailoring material properties relevant for energy applications. Before joining DIFFER, the group was part of the Center for Nanophotonics at AMOLF where it developed from 2005 an unique expertise on optical and THz plasmonics and nanowire photonics.