The current state-of-the-art in the field of optics & photonics requires comparing any kind of experimental results directly with solutions of the vector Maxwell equations for the geometry under consideration. A local experiment-theory collaboration will brings thing to a different level. First, the scientific feedback loop between experiment and theory can be sped up significantly. Second, theory and numerical simulations can be used to design new experiments. This requires that computational photonics reaches a level at which it has quantitative predictive power. Importantly, at this second point, scientific creativity can be brought into our Centre by the theory group, which must be much more than a service provider to the experimentalists. For the planned scientific projects in our centre, we mainly foresee the need for numerical solutions for complex micro- or nanostructures in optics & photonics in three dimensions. Examples of immediate relevance for our centre are nanoplasmonic structures and optical metamaterials.
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