Prof. Özbay's article, entitled "Plasmonics: Merging Photonics and
Electronics at the Nanoscale," was published in the January 13, 2006
issue. In addition to being the first paper published in Science by a
Bilkent faculty member, this was also the first "invited review paper"
published by a scientist from Turkey. According to Prof. Özbay, the
publication of his review paper in Science clearly shows the quality of
nanotechnology research activities at Bilkent.
Plasmonics is a newly developed branch of nanotechnology, in which
scientists work to combine the superior technical advantages of
photonics and electronics on the same chip at nanoscale dimensions.
Plasmonic nanocircuits offer the potential to carry optical signals and
electric currents through the same thin metal circuitry, which is also
known as "light on a wire." In his article, Prof. Özbay reviews the
current status and future prospects of plasmonics in various
applications including plasmonic chips, light generation and