Ido Kaminer - Video Lecture

Ido Kaminer - Video Lecture

IVS-IPSTA 2020 Online Conference December 13, 2020

Nanomaterials, Thin films, and Surface Science
Afternoon Session

Session chair:
Maya Bar-Sadan

Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Extreme Light-Matter Interactions in the Ultrafast Transmission Electron Microscope

Ido Kaminer

Faculty of Electrical Engineering,
Technion, Israel


Over the past few years, quantized interactions between coherent free electrons and femtosecond laser pulses have shown intriguing new prospects for light-matter interactions. The talk will present theory and experiments of free electrons in laser-driven (ultrafast) transmission electron microscopy. Our experiment achieved what is, in many respects, the most powerful nearfield optical microscope in the world today. We resolve photonic bandstructures as a function of energy, momentum, and polarization, simultaneously with capturing the temporal dynamics and spatial distribution of the photonic modes at deep-subwavelength resolution. Recently, we used these new capabilities to observe coherent free-electron interactions with light trapped in photonic crystals and
with polariton wavepackets in 2D materials. I will explain how such capabilities enable creating a free-electron qubit, and discuss the new capabilities that such electrons provide for probing quantum materials.