The simulation of metallic and semiconducting nano structures is the central research theme. In close collaboration with the experimental nano-optics group of our Physics Institute, we investigate plasmonic nano-particles which are important for a number of applications such as sensors, solar cells or novel light sources. As a result of this co-operation, the Matlab-Toolbox MNPBEM for the simulation of plasmonic nano-structures has been developed. Other research activities of the group are concerned with the optical properties and the quantum optics of semiconductor quantum dots as well as with the optimal quantum control of Bose-Einstein condensates in atom chips.
Peter Puschnig's research group is working on ab-initio electronic structure calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) and its application to crystalline solids, surfaces and interfaces. The focus lies on understanding the electronic properties of organic/metal interfaces and in developing photoemission orbital tomography. On this page, you find information about current research projects, his team members, software developed in his group and online databases initiated by his group.
Micro- and nanophotonics has the potential to revolutionize our daily life. Applications such as advanced optical sensors, integrated photonic circuits, and enabling technologies for quantum devices have been demonstrated by many researchers worldwide. However, realizing and optimizing such applications requires a deep theoretical understanding of light-matter interaction at the nanoscale. We are working on this task and develop theoretical models and numerical methods to gain further insight into the underlying physics.