Rana Nicolas

Visiting Assistant Professor in Physics

Dr. Rana Nicolas holds a PhD in photonics and nanotechnology. Her PhD research work focused on the optimization and fabrication of plasmonic nanomaterials for optical sensing applications. After her PhD, Dr Nicolas joined the Ultrafast Photonics lab at Atomic Energy Center CEA in Paris France, where she helped develop a new research thematic on High Harmonic Generation (HHG) in semiconductors.

Her current research interests are on non-linear optics, specifically the plasmonic boost of semiconductor nonlinearities. She is also working on the numerical optimization of epsilon near zero (ENZ) materials, a new class of materials with promising applications for quantum computing. Her newest research project is on investigating plasmonic nanoparticles as a non-invasive alternative photo-thermal cancer treatment.

Selected publications

  • Hussain, M.; Kaassamani, S.; Auguste, T.; Boutu, W.; Gauthier, D.; Kholodtsova, M.; Gomes, J.-T.; Lavoute, L.; Gaponov, D.; Ducros, N.; Fevrier, S.; Nicolas, R.; Imran, T.; Zeitoun, P.; Williams, G. O.; Fajardo, M.; Merdji, H. Spectral Control of High Order Harmonics through Non-Linear Propagation Effects. Appl. Phys. Lett. 2021, 119 (7), 071101.
  • Nicolas, R.; Shi, L.; Chanteau, B.; Franz, D.; Kholodstova, M.; Ripault, Q.; Andrade, J. R. C.; Iwan, B.; Boutu, W.; Kovacev, M.; Merdji, H. Plasmon-Amplified Third Harmonic Generation in Metal/Dielectric Resonators. Plasmonics 2021.
  • Nefedova, V. E.; Fröhlich, S.; Navarrete, F.; Tancogne-Dejean, N.; Franz, D.; Hamdou, A.; Kaassamani, S.; Gauthier, D.; Nicolas, R.; Jargot, G.; Hanna, M.; Georges, P.; Ciappina, M. F.; Thumm, U.; Boutu, W.; Merdji, H. Enhanced Extreme Ultraviolet High-Harmonic Generation from Chromium-Doped Magnesium Oxide. Appl. Phys. Lett. 2021, 118 (20), 201103.
  • Franz, D.; Kaassamani, S.; Gauthier, D.; Nicolas, R.; Kholodtsova, M.; Douillard, L.; Gomes, J.-T.; Lavoute, L.; Gaponov, D.; Ducros, N.; Février, S.; Biegert, J.; Shi, L.; Kovacev, M.; Boutu, W.; Merdji, H. All Semiconductor Enhanced High-Harmonic Generation from a Single Nanostructured Cone. Sci Rep 2019, 9 (1), 5663.
  • Shaaran, T.; Nicolas, R.; Iwan, B.; Kovacev, M.; Merdji, H. Nano-Plasmonic near Field Phase Matching of Attosecond Pulses. Sci Rep 2017, 7 (1), 6356.
  • Nicolas, R.; Shi, L, ; Andrade, J. R. C.; Boutu, W.; Franz, D.; Heidenblut, T.; Reinhardt, C.; Morgner, U.; Merdji, H.; Kovacev, M. Impact of Plasmon-Induced Atoms Migration in Harmonic Generation. ACS Photonics 2018, 5 (4),
  • Nicolas, R.; Lévêque, G.; Adam, P.-M.; Maurer, T. Graphene Doping Induced Tunability of Nanoparticles Plasmonic Resonances. Plasmonics 2018, 13 (4), 1219–1225.
  • Nicolas, R.; Lévêque, G.; Marae-Djouda, J.; Montay, G.; Madi, Y.; Plain, J.; Herro, Z.; Kazan, M.; Adam, P.-M.; Maurer, T. Plasmonic Mode Interferences and Fano Resonances in Metal-Insulator- Metal Nanostructured Interface. Sci Rep 2015, 5 (1), 14419.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Physics, University of Technology of Troyes UTT, France
  • MS Physics, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • BS Physics, Lebanese University, Lebanon