Matthew Pelton

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Contact Information


Chair, Graduate Admissions Committee


Ph.D. Applied Physics – Stanford University, 2002
B.A.Sc. Engineering Science – University of Toronto, 1996

Previous Experience

Before coming to UMBC, I was a scientist in the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory. After graduate school, I had a brief postdoctoral appointment at the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and a longer postdoc at the University of Chicago.

Professional Interests

The Pelton lab uses optical techniques to experimentally probe the dynamical processes that occur when light interacts with materials on the nanometer scale. Our research contributes to a fundamental understanding of the unique physical phenomena that occur on the nanoscale, with the overarching goals of (1) providing insight into how macroscopic phenomena arise from interactions among individual atoms and molecules, and (2) enabling future technologies in classical and quantum information processing, solar energy conversion, and sensing.

Selected Publications

B. Uthe, J. F. Collis, M. Madadi, J. E. Sader, and M. Pelton, “Highly spherical nanoparticles probe gigahertz viscoelastic flows of simple liquids without the no-slip condition,” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 12, 1440 (2021).

D. Chakraborty, B. Uthe, E. W. Malachosky, M. Pelton, and J. E. Sader, “Viscoelasticity enhances nanometer-scale slip in gigahertz-frequency liquid flows,” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 12, 3449 (2021).

M. Pelton, S. D. Storm, and H. Leng.“Strong coupling of excitons to single plasmonic nanoparticles: Exciton-induced transparency and Rabi splitting,” Nanoscale 11, 14540 (2019).

K.-D. Park, M. A. May, H. Leng, J. Wang, J. A. Kropp, T. Gougousi, M. Pelton, and M. B. Raschke, “Tip-enhanced strong coupling spectroscopy and control of a single quantum emitter,” Sci. Adv. 5, eeav5931 (2019).

H. Leng, B. Szychowski, M.-C. Daniel, and M. Pelton, “Strong coupling and induced transparency at room temperature with single quantum dots and gap plasmons,” Nat. Comms., 9, 4012 (2018).

M. Pelton, “Carrier dynamics, optical gain, and lasing with colloidal quantum wells,” J. Phys. Chem. C 122, 10659 (2018). (Feature Article)

Z. Yang, M. Pelton, I. Fedin, D. V. Talapin, and E. Waks, “A room temperature continuous-wave nano-laser using colloidal quantum wells,” Nat. Comms. 8, 143 (2017).

M. Pelton, “Modified spontaneous emission in nanophotonic structures,” Nat. Photon. 9, 427 (2015).

C. She, I. Fedin, D. S. Dolzhnikov, A. Demortière, R. D. Schaller, M. Pelton, and D. V. Talapin, “Low-threshold stimulated emission using colloidal quantum wells,” Nano Lett. 14, 2772 (2014).

M. Pelton and G. W. Bryant, Introduction to Metal-Nanoparticle Plasmonics (John Wiley & Sons, 2013).