Photonics & Plasmonics (PnP Group)


Optics and photonics technologies nowadays become a sought-after choice to use in the integrated circuits of several electronic devices. Moreover, these technologies are obviously key building blocks for the displays on smart phones and computing devices, for carrying high-speed and huge information data in the Internet, advanced precision manufacturing and 3D printing, enhanced defence and civil capabilities, a plethora of medical diagnostics tools, and offers the potential for even greater societal impact in the next few decades including solar power generation and new efficient lighting. Advances in the fabrication of optical nanostructures, full-wave electromagnetic simulation techniques, and improved control of material properties permitted researchers to demonstrate and realize the potential of photonics, nanophotonics and plasmonics. As a result we envision that photonics and plasmonics at micro- and nano-scale having dramatic impact on light-matter interaction applications including novel medical therapies; low-power, high-bandwidth intensive computation and communications; high-resolution imaging and sensing with high spectral and spatial precision beyond the diffraction limit; and efficient optical nanosources and detectors.

The Photonics and Plasmonics (PnP) capability group synergizes its effort across photonics, plasmonics and nanophotonics to develop key capabilities and translate them into impactful applications including communication, healthcare, energy, lighting and display.  PnP’s mission is to advance science and engineering of the generation, manipulation and detection of light as well as the interaction of light with micro- and nano-structures. Accordingly we aim to work on the following:

  • Collaborating with external partners to enhance our R&D output, impact and industry value;
  • Applying physical theories to real-world  problems through analytical/numerical modeling combined with  the power of parallel computing for fast and accurate prediction of the performance of optical devices and structures through the virtual laboratory;
  • Developing in-house and open-source codes and tailoring them for use in workstations, clusters and super-computers to simulate large complex optical structures and system.


Dr. CHU Hong-Son
Capability Group Manager
Photonics and Plasmonics Group