Lauren Zundel

  • Program Year: 1
  • Academic Institution: University of New Mexico
  • Field of Study: Physics
  • Academic Advisor: Alejandro Manjavacas
  • Practicum(s): Practicum Not Yet Completed
  • Degree(s):
    B.S. Physics, University of New Mexico, 2019

Summary of Research

The goal of my research is to advance understanding of the interactions between light and nanoscale matter. I am particularly interested in the emergence of surface plasmon resonances, the collective oscillations of conduction electrons, in metallic nanostructures. The extraordinary properties of these excitations make them useful for a diverse range of applications, including ultrasensitive biosensing, efficient solar energy harvesting, and vivid color production. In my research, I use numerical and analytical methods to describe the optical response of plasmonic nanostructures to simultaneously advance the fundamental understanding of these systems and inform the design of new systems taking advantage of their strong optical responses.

Publications

4. A. Manjavacas, L. Zundel, and S. Sanders. Analysis of the Limits of the Near-Field produced by Nanoparticle Arrays. ACS Nano 13, 10682 (2019) DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.9b05031.
3. L. Zundel and A. Manjavacas. Finite-Size Effects on Periodic Arrays of Nanostructures. Journal of Physics: Photonics 1, 015004 (2018) DOI: 10.1088/2515-7647/aae8a2.
2. L. Zundel, R. Martinez-Herrero, and A. Manjavacas. Flat top surface plasmon polariton beams. Optics Letters 42, 4143 (2017) DOI: 10.1364/OL.42.004143.
1. L. Zundel and A. Manjavacas. Spatially Resolved Optical Sensing Using Graphene Nanodisk Arrays. ACS Photonics 4, 1831 (2017) DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.7b00405.

Oral Presentations:
7. L. Zundel and A. Manjavacas. Biosensing with Spatial Resolution Using Arrays of Graphene Nanodisks.
New Mexico Academy of Sciences 2019 Research Symposium, Albuquerque, NM. November 2, 2019.
6. L. Zundel and A. Manjavacas. Evolution of Radiative Heat Transfer Between Graphene Nanodisks Over Time.
Annual Meeting of the Four Corners Section of the American Physical Society, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ. October 11-12, 2019. Recipient of outstanding student paper award.
5. L. Zundel and A. Manjavacas. Finite-Size Effects on Nanostructure Arrays.
Annual Meeting of the Four Corners Section of the American Physical Society, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. October 12-13, 2018. Recipient of outstanding student paper award.
4. L. Zundel and A. Manjavacas. Graphene Nanodisk Arrays for Biosensing with Spatial Resolution.
Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. January 12-14, 2018.
3. L. Zundel, R. Martinez-Herrero, and A. Manjavacas. Surface Plasmon Polariton Beams with Flat Top Profiles.
Annual Meeting of the Four Corners Section of the American Physical Society, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. October 20-21, 2017.
2. L. Zundel and A. Manjavacas. Biosensing with Spatial Resolution Using Graphene.
Annual Meeting of the Four Corners Section of the American Physical Society, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. October 20-21, 2017. Recipient of outstanding student paper award.
1. L. Zundel and A. Manjavacas. Spatially Resolved Biosensing with Graphene Nanodisk Arrays.
Joint Meeting of the Four Corners and Texas Sections of the American Physical Society, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM. October 21-22, 2016.

Poster Presentations:
3. L. Zundel, R. Martinez-Herrero, and A. Manjavacas. Surface Plasmon Polaritons with Flat Top Profiles.
New Mexico Academy of Sciences 2019 Research Symposium, Albuquerque, NM. November 2, 2019.
2. L. Zundel and A. Manjavacas. Nanophotonics with Finite Arrays of Nanostructures.
Gordon Research Conference on Plasmonics and Nanophotonics, Newry, ME. July 8-13, 2018.
1. L. Zundel, R. Martinez-Herrero, and A. Manjavacas. Surface Plasmon Polariton Beams with Uniform Profiles.
Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. January 12-14, 2018.

Awards

LeRoy Apker Award finalist. 2019
New Mexico Space Grant Graduate Research Fellowship. 2019
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. 2019 (Declined).
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. 2019 (Declined).
UNM Chapter of Sigma Xi Outstanding Undergraduate Award. 2019.
Barry Goldwater Scholarship. 2018.
New Mexico Space Grant Undergraduate Research Fellowship. 2017.