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Welcome to the website of the NAM !

I am delighted to welcome you to the Nanophotonics and Metrology Laboratory (NAM) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne(EPFL). The main focus of our research is nanophotonics: the study of the interaction of light with structures smaller than the wavelength, with special emphasis on plasmonics: the optics of metallic nanostructures. We pursue a very comprehensive research that includes modelling, nanofabrication and optical characterization. Applications of our work include the development of novel biosensing techniques, nonlinear plasmonics, optical metamaterials, as well as the fundamental properties of plasmonic nanostructures.

Please check our news and publications pages for recent research results. The NAM contributes also to several teaching programs at EPFL including photonics, electrical engineering, micro-engineering; and we offer a broad variety of lectures and student projects.

I do hope that you will find interesting and useful material on this site, please do not hesitate to give me your feedback.

Olivier J.F. Martin

Latest news

  • © 2016 EPFL

    Does the real part contain all the physical information?

    19.08.16 As physicists, when working with complex numbers, we are told that the meaningful physical quantity is just the real part of the complex number. This detailed and pedagogical paper demonstrates ...

  • © 2016 EPFL

    Nanogap antennas to measure peptide ligands

    03.05.16 The cyclic RGD (cRGD) peptide ligands of cells have become widely used for treating several cancers. In this collaborations with Japanese colleagues, we made a highly sensitive analysis of c(RGDfC) ...

  • © 2016 EPFL

    The modes are in fashion

    30.03.16 Usually, the response of plasmonic nanostructures is studied from a scattering perspective. However, the underlying modes provide much insights into that response. To address this issue, we have developed a ...

  • © 2016 EPFL

    Nanomaterials toxicity: Reproducing the environment in a chip

    21.03.16 Reactive oxygen species (ROS) play an important role in the life of every cell, including cellular defense and signaling mechanisms. Continuous and quantitative ROS sensing can provide valuable information about ...

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    Beautiful plasmonic nanostructures in Al and Ag !

    15.03.16 Many applications of plasmonics would be unleashed if we were able to fabricate plasmonics nanostructures in silver and aluminum a reliable manner. Unfortunately, those metals are difficult to handle, especially ...