Environment-Specific Issues in Nanoparticle Physics.
Optical, Energy Transfer and Relaxation Processes. This project is directed by Dr. Tigran Shahbazyan and Dr. Serguei Goupalov. The project involves theoretical and computational investigations of optical, energy transfer, and carrier relaxation processes in metal and semiconductor nanoparticles in an external media, either homogeneous or comprised of individual biomolecules and biomolecule ensembles. Research activities aim at understanding of (i) effect of environment on relaxation processes in nanoparticles, and (ii) energy transfer processes and optical response of nanoparticle-molecule and metal-seconductor nanoparticle systems.