Photonic semiconductor components are used in countless applications in our everyday lives. They can be found in, for example, lasers, smartphones, computers, photovoltaic cells, biotechnological and chemical sensors, the internet and security systems. Some of the important prerequisites for the successful development of future generations of photonic semiconductors are efficiency and functionality, low production costs and a high level of precision in manufacturing. Photonic semiconductor nanostructures, within the larger field of nanophotonics, is a revolutionary technology which has the potential to meet these demands. The unique physical properties of nanostructures and hybrid materials can be used to control light propagation, capture light and customise light-matter-interaction.
Srinivasan Anand's research focuses on nanostructural photonic semiconductors with applications in fields such as optical communication, renewable energy and sensors. This research aims to advance nanophotonic and electronic component physics, nanofabrication and materials engineering to meet the challenges of the next generation of photonic components. The research group is involved in fundamental research into and applications of the ion beam etching of semiconductor materials, nanotechnology, photonic semiconductor structures, including photonic crystals and characterisation techniques.