Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Department of Physics

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences | Department of Physics | Colloquium | Colloquia | Inaugural Lecture: Prof. Dr. Caterina Cocchi (Department of Physics, HU Berlin)

Inaugural Lecture: Prof. Dr. Caterina Cocchi (Department of Physics, HU Berlin)

Lecture on: "Light-matter interaction at the nanoscale: Optical properties of materials from first principles"
  • When Jan 23, 2018 from 03:15 to 05:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC100)
  • Where Lise-Meitner-Haus, Christian-Gerthsen-Hörsaal, Newtonstraße 15, 12489 Berlin
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Inaugural Lecture: Prof. Dr. Caterina Cocchi (Department of Physics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) will speak about "Light-matter interaction at the nanoscale: Optical properties of materials from first principles".

Abstract

In this lecture I am going to show the predictive power of first-principles methods to describe light-matter interaction at the nanoscale. With the aid of two examples from my current research I will discuss the main challenges of these approaches and illustrate their capability to describe and rationalize optical properties of any material. I will do so by considering optical nonlinearities in photo-absorbing molecules under intense laser irradiation, and by investigating electron-hole pairs in van der Waals heterostructures.