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  • USC, Northrop Grumman Establish Optical Materials Research Institute

Photonics.com
May 2016
Northrop Grumman Corp. and the University of Southern California (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering have announced plans to establish an advanced research institute focused on optical materials and nanophotonics devices.

The Northrop Grumman Institute of Nanophotonics and Nanomaterials (NG-ION2) will be based on the USC campus, and will bring together research teams from the university and the aerospace industry.

Under the agreement, Northrop Grumman will contribute $500,000 to NG-ION2 in 2016 to help foster interdisciplinary research by materials scientists, electrical engineers, physicists and chemists to develop novel materials for optical devices.

NG-ION2 will also enable regular exchanges between USC and Northrop Grumman researchers working across projects. USC Viterbi will grant Northrop Grumman scientists visiting researcher positions, a strategy that will allow them to work collaboratively on campus with their Institute counterparts to advance science in nanomaterials and integrated photonics, the two organizations said.

Initial projects include theoretical and experimental studies on 2D materials, plasmonics and nonlinear optics.


GLOSSARY
nanophotonics
The study of how light interacts with nanoscale objects and the technology of applying photons to the manipulation or sensing of nanoscale structures.
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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