Evolutionary photonics for renewable energy, nanomedicine, and advanced material engineering

Favraud, Gael, Totero Gongora, Juan Sebastian and Fratalocchi, Andrea (2018) Evolutionary photonics for renewable energy, nanomedicine, and advanced material engineering. Lasers & Photonics Reviews, 12 (11). 1700028 1-24. ISSN 1863-8880

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Taking inspiration from complex natural phenomena such as chaos and unpredictability, as well as highly optimized organisms constituted by multitudes of interacting cells, evolutionary photonics aims at developing new sustainable technologies for renewable energy production, bioimaging, and scalable materials with advanced optical functionalities. These photonics systems integrate complex dielectric and/or metallic units into large networks of heterogeneous elements, which are entirely controlled by acting on the interactions among the different units that compose the network. This Review presents a selection of recent results in this research field, discussing advantages, challenges and perspectives of this technology in addressing global challenges in several scientific areas, ranging from broadband light energy harvesting, to scalable clean water production, early‐stage cancer detection, sensing, artificial intelligence, invisible structures, and to large‐scale optical materials with programmable functionality and robust structural coloration.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: bioimaging, complex optical systems, epsilon‐near‐zero, nanophotonics, nanoplasmonics, renewable energy, transformation optics
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Research Centres and Groups: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Research Group
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics > QC0350 Optics. Light
Q Science > QC Physics > QC0350 Optics. Light > QC0395 Physical optics > QC0446.2 Nonlinear optics. Quantum optics
Depositing User: Juan Sebastian Totero Gongora
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2018 14:01
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2018 14:41
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/78990
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