Introduction: Center for Dynamic Magneto-Optics

Welcome to the MURI Center for Dynamic Magneto-Optics (DYNAMO) at the University of Michigan, which supports investigations of intense magneto-optic phenomena with relevance to electromagnetic energy conversion, Terahertz generation, and high frequency (optical) magnetism.  New methods are being developed to convert light directly to THz radiation or electricity, to induce large magnetic fields in normally non-magnetic materials, to induce harmonic generation by magneto-electric means, and to explore connections between relativistic and non-relativistic optical phenomena. In this inter-disciplinary effort, University of Michigan researchers are joined by colleagues in a variety of departments at Northwestern University, Columbia University, and the University of Central Florida as well as international collaborators. Forefront approaches that combine materials chemistry, ultrafast optical science and nonlinear mathematical analysis are being used to meet the research challenges of understanding and harnessing dynamic magneto-optic phenomena on this new frontier.