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Posted: May 14, 2010
Imperial College nanotechnology researcher wins prestigious physics prize
(Nanowerk News) Professor Stefan Maier investigates how nano-scale metal structures react with light to produce tight light beams. The aim of this work is to guide light using tiny, sub-micrometre sized light fields, called plasmons, on the surface of the metal. This technology could help scientists to develop new kinds of microchips that work without electricity, and cheaper, more efficient solar cells.
Professor Stefan Maier
Professor Maier , who is Co- Director of the Centre for Plasmonics and Metamaterials in the Department of Physics, was awarded the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences by Tel Aviv University. He shares the prize, and the $50,000 award, with Professor Mark L. Brongersma of Stanford University.
The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize is awarded every two years to researchers under the age of 45, who have made an outstanding contribution to their field.