Springer Theses

Imaging Light with Photoelectrons on the Nano-Femto Scale

Authors: Dai, Yanan

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  • Nominated as an outstanding PhD thesis by the University of Pittsburgh
  • Includes an accessible introduction to fundamental plasmon models and techniques for imaging plasmon-related phenomena
  • Reports development of new ultrafast microscopy methods and analytical theory of topological quasiparticles
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This thesis presents significant advances in the imaging and theory of the ultrafast dynamics of surface plasmon polariton fields. The author details construction of a sub-10 femtosecond and sub-10 nanometer spatiotemporal resolution ultrafast photoemission microscope which is subsequently used for the discovery of topological meron and skyrmion-like plasmonic quasiparticles. In particular, this enabled the creation of movies of the surface plasmon polariton fields evolving on sub-optical wavelength scales at around 0.1 femtosecond per image frame undergoing vortex phase evolution. The key insight that the transverse spin of surface plasmon polaritons undergoes a texturing into meron or skyrmion-like topological quasiparticles (defined by the geometric charge of the preparation) follows. In addition, this thesis develops an analytical theory of these new topological quasiparticles, opening new avenues of research, while the ultrafast microscopy techniques established within will also be broadly applicable to studies of nanoscale optical excitations in electronic materials.

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Yanan Dai is a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University. He received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 2019.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook 106,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Imaging Light with Photoelectrons on the Nano-Femto Scale
Authors
Series Title
Springer Theses
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-52836-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-52836-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-52835-5
Series ISSN
2190-5053
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 115
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations, 68 illustrations in colour
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