Photonics at Thermodynamic Limits (PTL)


Jennifer Dionne

Lead Institution

Stanford University




To achieve photonic operations at thermodynamic limits by controlling the flow of photons, electrons, and phonons in atomically-architected materials, enabling entirely new energy conversion systems.

Research Topics

optics, phonons, thermal conductivity, charge transport, materials and chemistry by design, mesostructured materials, synthesis (novel materials)

Systems Studied

Systems: semiconductor, metal, optoelectronic and metamaterial

Interfaces: solid/solid

Nanostructured: 0D, 1D, 2D, 3D

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray spectroscopy, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, near-field microscopy, ultrafast science, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), finite element methods, continuum modeling, machine learning

Partner Institutions

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

BES Staff Contact

Craig Henderson