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NanoPlasmoMechanical Systems

Objective

"With their unparalleled mass and force sensitivities, nanomechanical resonators have the potential to
considerably improve existing sensor technology. However, one major obstacle still stands in the way of
their practical use: The efficient transduction (actuation & detection) of the vibrational motion of such tiny
structures. Localized plasmon resonances ""focus"" optical fields below the diffraction limit of light and
present a powerful new method to optically transduce the vibrational motion of nanomechanical structures.
The objective of this project is to establish for the first time a complete plasmonic transduction in novel
NanoPlasmoMechanical Systems (NaPlaMS). This new method is easy to implement and enables the freespace
addressability and efficient transduction of mesoscopic (sub-wavelength) plasmonic pillar arrays. I will
explore the ground-breaking new properties of NaPlaMS pillar arrays in three mutually supporting
subprojects (SP). SP1 studies fundamental aspects of plasmomechanics by integrating nanoplasmonic
antennas of various geometry and materials on highly force sensitive string resonators. These devices allow
the unique optical and mechanical study of i) plasmonic quantum tunneling and ii) optical forces between
plasmonic nanostructures of various shapes and materials. SP2 will make use of the strong
plasmomechanical light-interaction of the high frequency NaPlaMS pillars for the development of next
generation reconfigurable metamaterial for optic modulation. Compared to state-of-the-art bulky and powerhungry
modulators, NaPlaMS modulators will be low-power and sub-wavelength-size as required for future
optic telecommunication and consumer products. SP3 utilizes the exceptional mass sensitivity of NaPlaMS
pillar arrays to create unique mass sensors. The goal is to create a sensor for native & neutral protein mass
spectrometry to provide a revolutionary small and cheap tool for proteomics, which will accelerate the
development of protein drugs."

Call for proposal

ERC-2016-STG
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Host institution

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 497 550

Beneficiaries (1)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 1 497 550
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments