Theoretical seminar | 16 December 2020

City University of New York 
Exotic Wave-Matter Interactions in Metamaterials Based on Broken Symmetries

In this talk, I discuss our recent research activity in electromagnetics, nano-optics, and acoustics, showing how suitably tailored meta-atoms and arrangements of them open exciting venues to realize new phenomena and devices for light, radio-waves, and sound. I discuss venues to largely break Lorentz reciprocity and realize isolation without the need of magnetic bias, based on broken time-reversal symmetry induced by mechanical motion, spatio-temporal modulation, and/or nonlinearities. I also discuss how broken symmetries in space and space-time can open the opportunity to induce topological order in metamaterials. Another class of interesting metamaterials based on broken symmetries are parity-time symmetric metamaterials, which are asymmetric in space, but symmetric upon parity and time inversion. In the talk, I will also discuss the impact of these concepts from basic science to practical technology, from classical waves to quantum phenomena.