About Us

What is Nano-Optics?

Nano-optics is the science if dealing with optical light phenomena on the nanometer scale. The Center for Nano-Optics’ (CeNO) focus will be a part of nano optics called nanoplasmonics, which is the optics of small metallic particles with sizes in the range of nanometers. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter, which is 1,000 times smaller than a micron. In turn, a micron is about one hundredth the thickness of human hair, and can only see such nanoparticles in an electron microscope.

Our Mission

The prime motivation of the Center for Nano-Optics (CeNO) at Georgia State University (GSU) is to enhance research in nanoscience and nanotechnology and assure that it is positioned at or ahead of the forefront of the development in this field worldwide. The goal of the CeNO is to advance existing strengths in theoretical nanoplasmonics and ultrafast nanooptics, and also to further develop a world-class experimental program in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

The CeNO’s faculty are a group of scientists united by shared trust in innovation, dedication and hard work. They strive to develop nanoscience and nanotechnology at GSU at the highest level thanks to federal funding in combination with GSU, local, and state resources. The existing federal funding at the CeNO is close to $11 million, and the Center aims at doubling it within the next five years. The CeNO highly values its existing funding and would also greatly appreciate private donations, grants, and endowments to further progress in nanoscience and nanotechnology in Georgia.

Finally, the CeNO considers one of its primary goals to be the establishment of a vibrant educational program benefitting GSU students and the wider community and industry in greater Atlanta and Georgia as a whole.