In the Mesoscale Materials Laboratory we explore how symmetry drives the interaction of light with excitations in solids, and how films crystallize from an amorphous phase. Welcome to our site.
It is well known how the properties of a solid arise from its symmetry, whether this is defined within the bulk interior, or by the presence of a surface or interface. In the Mesoscale Materials Lab we study how symmetry-breaking at different length scales alters how light interacts with matter and can challenge conventional notions about the behavior of materials and their properties.
The domain-wall structure and dynamics are found to enhance, rather than inhibit, the high-frequency performance of an intrinsically tunable material, obtaining ultra-low loss and exceptional frequency selectivity. Illustration credit: Felice Macera. Relevant publication
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