Take a Closer Look: Super-Lens Technology for Your Smartphone

Institution: Michigan Technological University
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Why This Project Is Important 

Developing a super-lens could lead to high-resolution, low-cost imaging tools becoming as commonplace as smartphones and tablet computers. Medical testing, experimental research, and many other scientific areas could become more accessible to the general public if this type of technology becomes a reality.

Project Description 

Despite remarkable progress within the scientific community, metamaterials are still in development—especially the super-lens. As the most fascinating, and promising, application of metamaterials, the super-lens is driving current research within the field. In order to make this technology possible, we must continue our research on metamaterials that have a negative refractive index, which cause light to refract, or bend, differently than in naturally occurring materials. We have already demonstrated in our research that the operating frequency of negative index metamaterials can cover the entire visible light spectrum and possibly be stretched to ultraviolet wavelengths using silver thin films. Our previous work not only brings extremely high-resolution, low-cost imaging and lithography closer to reality, but it may also enable the development of applications ranging from solar cells to lasers to broadband and high-density integrated optics. In our first step ahead, with your additional funding, we will demonstrate the fabrication of a negative index metamaterial at operating frequencies close to ultraviolet. Then, we will continue to work on the manufacturing of the first super-lens for smartphones.

Meet the Researcher

Durdu Guney

Durdu Guney is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan Tech. Prior to Michigan Tech he was a postdoctoral fellow in the US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University. He received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Applied Physics) from the University of California, San Diego in 2007. Professor Guney is a recipient of 2012 Ralph E. Plowe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award given by the Oak Ridge Associated Universities. His research interests include metamaterials, plasmonics, solar cells, quantum computing, communications and cryptography, photonic crystals and fibers, acoustic bandgap materials, and micro-opto-electromechanical systems. Current research activities of Professor Guney include diffraction-unlimited metamaterial flat lens, plasmonic solar photovoltaic cells, and quantum manipulation of light with metamaterials. He is an Associate Editor for Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology.

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