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Understanding new regimes for light-matter interactions

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dc.contributor.advisor Steven G. Johnson. en_US
dc.contributor.author Lee, Ka Yan Karen en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-27T18:33:05Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-27T18:33:05Z
dc.date.copyright 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/66018
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2011. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 179-194). en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis focuses on achieving new understanding of the principles and phenomena involved in the interaction of light with a variety of complicated material systems, including biomaterials and nanostructured materials. We will show that bone piezoelectricity may be a source of intense blast-induced electric fields in the brain, with magnitudes and timescales comparable to fields with known neurological effects, and may play a role in blast-induced traumatic brain injury. We will also shed new light on the localization of photons in a variety of complex microstructured waveguides. We will reveal the principles behind the design of single-polarization waveguides, including design strategies that did not seem to have been considered previously. Finally, we designed a 3D photonic crystal slab structure to exhibit negative-index behavior at visible wavelengths, which was fabricated and experimentally demonstrated by our collaborators to show negative refraction with, to our knowledge, the lowest loss at visible wavelengths to date. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Ka Yan Karen Lee. en_US
dc.format.extent 194 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. en_US
dc.title Understanding new regimes for light-matter interactions en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Ph.D. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 751986852 en_US


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