The interactions between charge carriers (electrons and holes) and a material's vibrational modes (phonons) in far from equilibrium conditions has given rise to new condensed matter physics that can be exploited for a variety of applications. The development of new materials and devices is on-going to take advantage of these non-equilibrium dynamics to achieve improved efficiencies. This symposium will cover materials exhibiting novel non-equilibrium electron and phonon dynamics, and their applications to solar energy conversion in photovoltaics and photocatalysis. The interdisciplinary nature of the topics will bring together physicists, material scientists, engineers, chemists, and theorists working towards "Applications of Nonequilibrium Electron, Phonon, and Polaron Dynamics". Papers will cover novel hot carrier (electron or hole), phononic, and polaronic materials and their applications, along with computer modelling and simulation, and characterization techniques. Submissions ranging from material characterization to device demonstrations, modelling, and characterization technique development will be welcome.
It is anticipated that submissions will fall into three categories - Applications of non-equilibrium dynamics in photovoltaics, photocatalysis, and optoelectronics; Characterization and theory of non-equilibrium electron/hole and phonon dynamics; and Materials exhibiting novel hot carrier, phononic, and polaronic dynamics/interactions covering plasmonics, bulk and quantum confined semiconductors, and perovskites and other soft materials.
Michael P. Nielsen
University of New South Wales
School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering
Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) Munich
Nanoinstitute Munich Faculty of Physics
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
The University of Oklahoma
Department of Physics & Astronomy