Nanoscale physics and photonics aims to understand various physical phenomena that occur in the nanometer (10-9 meter) scale. Main academic approach to achieve this includes producing nanomaterials or nanostructures, observing various physical properties such as mechanical, electrical, and optical properties, and understanding properties based on fundamental physics.
Nanoscale physics and photonics is the field not limited to physics but multidisciplinary in nature, which is closely related to the fields including chemistry, biology, materials engineering, and electrical engineering to explore and understand newly observed phenomena in the nanoscale that is generally beyond the scope of traditional fields. This is a field of research where understanding the physical principles are often directly linked to application to various nanodevices. It is also a fundamental discipline that explores the basic principles of quantum mechanics experimentally or theoretically by observing quantum coherent phenomena in the nanoscale that cannot be seen in the classical world.
In SNU physics department, various nanomaterials and nanostructures are synthesized by using compound semiconductors, oxide semiconductors, carbon materials and two-dimensional atomic layer nanomaterials, superconducting materials, and molecular and organic materials, and their application to nanoelectronic and photonic devices is studied. Our scope also includes studying the characteristics of quantum devices as quantum technology using locally trapped atoms and electrons. Furthermore we are working to create new technologies through active collaborative research with both domestic and international research teams of physics and related disciplines.