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As we know Physics is fundamentally about interactions. Most of the books of Physics filed with forces, fields, orbits, motion, and other concepts that describe things by the way that they interact with other things. Of all of the interactions, one of the most fundamental is how light interacts with matter. The last 30 years have seen incredible advances in Light-Technologies, enabling us to develop powerful medical and industrial tools and opening up new areas of science. Facilities that can deliver more powerful laser pulses than we’ve ever seen before are currently under construction, with new science and new applications on the horizon. Exciting opportunities are ahead. In order to take full advantage of these opportunities though, we need to have a solid theoretical understanding of the way light and matter interact. Hence, the session on Light-Matter Interactions and Materials Processing covers an overview of the topic of rapidly increasing scientific importance and technological relevance.
This session on Laser Systems and Facilities will showcase of a wide range of activities and developments of Laser Systems and Facilities that includes: • Laser sources and gain materials: solid-state; liquid; gas and vapour; Raman; FELs. • Associated laser technology: pump sources; resonator geometries; laser diagnostics; laser beam shaping and combining; temporal pulse shaping; adaptive optics and wavefront control. • Fundamental laser science: theoretical studies and numerical modelling of laser-physical phenomena and processes. • High-average-power and high pulse energy lasers: thermal management and thermo-optical effects. • Large systems and facilities: terawatt to multi-petawatt systems; fusion lasers; CPA, OPCPA, and hybrid systems. • Technology for large systems: front end lasers; ancillary sources, e.g. for seeding, diagnostics, pump-probe studies, photo-injectors; pulse stretchers and compressors; prevention of laser-induced damage; beam transport. • Secondary sources: high-intensity radiation sources based on laser-plasma interactions in the relativistic regime.
Semiconductor lasers are very small in size and appearance. They are similar to LEDs and have an output beam with characteristics of a laser beam. Semiconductor lasers are based on stimulated emission of photons due to transmission between conduction and valence bands. The application that was the main driving force in the development of semiconductor lasers was in the field of long distance communications but at this moment the use of Semiconductor Lasers has been expanded to various sectors such as Communications, Healthcare and Engineering. Specially, semiconductor laser treatment systems are being extensively used for medical diagnosis, cosmetic procedures, and therapies. The global share of the semiconductor laser treatment market stood at around $4 billion in 2017. According to the analysts, the market will grow at a CAGR of 11% during the forecast period. This Session covers a wide range applications, current research, new advancements and breakthroughs that related to Semiconductor Lasers.
Acousto-optics is a branch of physics that studies the interactions between sound waves and light waves, especially the diffraction of laser light by ultrasound (or sound in general) through an ultrasonic grating. The acousto-optic effect is extensively used in the measurement and study of ultrasonic waves. However, the growing principal area of interest is in acousto-optical devices for the deflection, modulation, signal processing and frequency shifting of light beams. This is due to the increasing availability and performance of lasers, which have made the acousto-optic effect easier to observe and measure. Technical progress in both crystal growth and high frequency piezoelectric transducers has brought valuable benefits to acousto-optic components' improvements. This session will be focused on latest advancements in Acousto-Optics which presents possible applications in nondestructive testing, structural health monitoring and biomedical applications.
Adaptive optics (AO) is a technology used to improve the performance of optical systems by reducing the effect of wavefront distortions. Though Adaptive Optics (AO) was originally developed for the field of Astronomy to remove image blurring aberrations induced by wavefronts propagating through Earth’s atmosphere, the usage of Adaptive Optics has been spread to other areas such as Medical, Solar Astronomy and Military Operations. Laser micromachining is the generic term for a process used to make tiny features in parts - measured in micrometers or millimeters. More recently, there has been an upsurge in the micro-engineering applications of lasers where Pulsed Lasers, in particular, have played a major role in the development of numerous micro-systems technology areas. This Session covers a wide range applications, current research, new advancements and breakthroughs that related to Adaptive optics and Laser Micromachining.
Science and technologies based on terahertz frequency electromagnetic radiation (100 GHz–30 THz) have developed rapidly over the last 30 years. For most of the 20th Century, terahertz radiation, then referred to as sub-millimeter wave or far-infrared radiation, was mainly utilized by astronomers and some spectroscopists. The field of THz science and technology expanded rapidly, to the extent that it now touches many areas from fundamental science to 'real world' applications. For example THz radiation is being used to optimize materials for new solar cells, and may also be a key technology for the next generation of airport security scanners. While the field was emerging it was possible to keep track of all new developments, however now the field has grown so much that it is increasingly difficult to follow the diverse range of new discoveries and applications that are appearing. At this point in time, when the field of THz science and technology is moving from an emerging to a more established and interdisciplinary field, it is apt to present a roadmap to help identify the breadth and future directions of the field. This session on Terahertz Science and Technology focuses on a wide range of activities and developments in terahertz science and applications, while at the same time, helping to bridge the technology gap between the Research Fellows and Photonics Communities.
Optical materials are substances used to manipulate the flow of light. This can include reflecting, absorbing, focusing or splitting an optical beam. The efficiency of a specific material at each task is strongly wavelength dependent, thus a full understanding of the interaction between light and matter is vital. This session focuses on important and emerging optical materials and applications that include crystals, glasses, polymers, metals, liquids, gases, quantum engineered multiple quantum wells for lasing, photonic structures with unusual properties. It covers trends and developments in Fabrication, Characterization of new and improved optical materials. And also this session includes discussions on linear and nonlinear optical properties, mechanical properties, thermal properties together with many additional special properties, such as electro-, magneto-, and elasto-optic properties.
Photonics evolved in a similar way as electronics when it was possible to transmit and process light or an optical signal through any arbitrary path, straight or curved, with the invention of optical fiber. The beginning of Microphotonics and Nanophotonics is when the integrated optics or optoelectronic integrated circuits came into existence. Concurrently, the size of optics in microsurgery and other advanced applications was also reduced substantially with the availability of powerful diode lasers, micro lenses, micro mirrors, etc. because of Micro and Nanophotonics. This session covers latest trends and applications of Microphotonic devices such as the application of optical fibers outside of the telecommunications applications and includes architecture, astronomy a wide range of fiber sensors and applications in architecture, astronomy, automotive, aerospace and structural health. And Nonophotonic Devices part covers its applications such as carbon wires, lithography, photonic crystals, and nanofibers and devices. Laboratory work covers both hands-on, fiber-based experiments and software simulations.The session on Biophotonics covers the increasing use of fibre optics in medical procedures and diagnostics including endoscopy, laser therapy and dosimetry.
Photonics and optoelectronics are making an impact multiple times as the semiconductor revolution made on the quality of our life. In telecommunication, entertainment devices, computational techniques, clean energy harvesting, medical instrumentation, materials and device characterization and other areas of R&D the science of optics and electronics get coupled by fine technology advances to make incredibly large strides. The technology of light has advanced to a stage where disciplines sans boundaries are finding it indispensable. New design concepts are fast emerging and being tested and applications developed in an unimaginable pace and speed. Hence, this session covers the wide spectrum of topics that related to Optoelectronics and its applications in telecommunication, entertainment devices, computational techniques, clean energy harvesting, medical instrumentation, materials and device characterization and other areas of R&D.
Photonics is the key enabling technology engine needed to keep the globe communicating and connected in the 21st century. It provides the bandwidth, speed, reach and flexibility needed to run exciting new applications that everyone knows – healthcare & life sciences, internet of things, M2M, social media, big data, datacenters, cloud computing and voice over IP. It’s the most energy efficient technology to scale up all these services. The session on Photonic Integration focuses on wide range of topics such as Business models for applying Photonic Integration, Developments of Photonic Integration in optical sensing, lighting & energy, displays, information technology, telecom, healthcare & life science, security & defense, robotic manufacturing processes and Integration of photonics with microelectronics at the chip, board and system levels.
Optofluidics is the use of light to control the flow of fluids, particularly at the micrometer scale. Optofluidics, nominally the research area where optics and fluidics merge, is a relatively new research field and it is only in the last decade that there has been a large increase in the number of optofluidic applications, as well as in the number of research groups, devoted to the topic. Nowadays optofluidics applications include, without being limited to, lab-on-a-chip devices, fluid-based and controlled lenses, optical sensors for fluids and for suspended particles, biosensors, imaging tools, etc. The long list of potential optofluidics applications, which have been recently demonstrated, suggests that optofluidic technologies will become more and more common in everyday life in the future, causing a significant impact on many aspects of our society. A characteristic of this research field, deriving from both its interdisciplinary origin and applications, is that in order to develop suitable solutions a combination of a deep knowledge in different fields, ranging from materials science to photonics, from microfluidics to molecular biology and biophysics, is often required. As a direct consequence, also being able to understand the long-term evolution of optofluidics research is not easy. This session on Optofluidics focuses on a wide range of activities and developments in Optofluidics and applications, while at the same time, helping to bridge the technology gap between the research fellows and related communities.
Fiber photonics is an innovative technology enabling cost-effective fabrication of diffractive optical elements (DOE) directly on the facet of an optical fiber. The diffractive elements control the wavefront of light coming out of the fiber to perform different optical functions, for example, optical vortex generation, light splitting or focusing. The main advantage of the fiber photonics technology is that the diffractive element is always connected to the light source – optical fiber. Silicon photonics is now widely accepted as a key technology in next-generation communications systems and data interconnects. This is because it brings the advantages of integration and photonics—high data densities and transmission over longer distances—in a platform where high levels of integration can be achieved with low manufacturing costs using conventional silicon integrated circuit infrastructure. The key driving force behind silicon photonics is the ability to use CMOS-like fabrication resulting in high-volume production at low cost. Silicon does however have a number of shortcomings as a photonic material. Hence, this session addresses the different technology and application areas of the Fiber and Silicon Photonics giving an insight into the state-of-the-art as well as current and future challenges faced by researchers worldwide.
As with most technologies, the optical networking and Lightwave Communications industry has seen many advances over the last couple of decades, and we do not expect that to change anytime soon. Data demands are growing exponentially and the move towards virtualization is forever changing service providers’ needs. This session on Optical Networks and Lightwave Communications focuses on cutting-edge research in optical networking and associated new services and applications. It will also examine recent trends in networking including 5G as a new end-to-end network vision, big data, cloud, content delivery, and artificial intelligence.
Active Optical Sensor (AOS) technology has a long history that spans for almost eight decades. Early use of AOS technology was primarily driven by production agriculture, mainly for selectively thinning plant density in vegetable crops. However, the last decade has seen AOS technology adopted for use in agronomic research. This session on Optical Sensing addresses on a wide range of activities and developments in the field of Active Optical Sensing that includes Active optical sensing of solids, liquids, gases, plasmas, and mixed material systems; Raman, SERS, CARS, Brillouin, and fluorescence sensing; Optical sensing and transduction for biological and medical applications; Spectroscopy and sensing using broadband laser sources and frequency combs; Micro- and nano-optical sensors, including MEMS and integrated waveguide devices; Optical microscopy combined with chemical or physical sensing and so on..
Optical metrology is a technique that utilizes the interaction of light with an object to evaluate or assess unknown quantities. Measurement principles that are based on the propagation of light are inherently non-contacting and mostly non-invasive. The potential to operate in large measurement volumes and the ability to set the focus of the measurement exactly at the desired point are the major benefits of the optical metrology technique. Therefore, optical metrology systems are used by semiconductor companies worldwide during the semiconductor manufacturing process. This session on Optical Metrology focuses on a wide range of activities and developments in Optical Metrology and applications, while at the same time, helping to bridge the technology gap between the research fellows and related communities.
In the past years the field of quantum optics has begun to expand from its original domain covering basic photon and atom systems into the realm of molecular and solid state physics. Theory and experiment have progressed to the point where the traditional boundaries between the different areas have become less pronounced. The aim of this session is to bring together scientists from these various fields now contributing to an increasing extent to quantum optics and adopting quantum optical approaches in order to study and discuss the similarities and synergies between the different realizations of quantum optical systems and to identify new trends and possible applications.
This session covers the general area of optical effects enabled by metamaterials and other complex media, including both linear and nonlinear behaviors and their uses. Addressing topics include Light manipulation with metamaterials, transformation optics, extreme values of refractive index; Wavefront shaping and other optics of metasurfaces and other complex planar composites; Enhancement of light-matter interaction, photon/exciton/polariton interaction, and nonlinear optics in structured media/surfaces; Near-field examination and other characterization of inhomogeneous media/surfaces; Isotropic and large-scale metamaterials; Metamaterials and metasurfaces on alternative material platforms; Gain/loss management in metamatrials and PT-symmetric structures; Topological optics and photonics;Random, aperiodic and quasiperiodic media, light localization, optical chaos; Coherent control of wave propagation and compressed sensing in complex media and so on…
This session focuses on nonlinear optics and associated novel optical phenomena, encompassing a broad range of material systems and wavelengths. The discussions include Nonlinear optics in fluids, gases, and plasmas; New nonlinear optical materials, devices and nonlinear plasmonics; Supercontinuum phenomena, optical combs, UV and X-ray generation; Nonlinear dynamics of light, including solitons, vortices, light bullets, and related phenomena; Optics of few-cycle light pulses; Self-accelerating beams and novel beam shaping techniques; Nonlinear optics in photonic crystals, waveguide arrays, nano-cavities, nonlinear optical resonators, slow light media, soft-matter, metamaterials, PT and other synthetic structures or materials; Local field effects, near-field and sub-wavelength linear and nonlinear optics, and single-photon nonlinear optics; Novel linear and nonlinear surface phenomena, multi-photon spectroscopy, other novel methods for sensing and optical micro-manipulation of particles etc.,
This session covers the general area of plasmonics and nano-scale optics, including novel materials and structures, ultrafast and quantum phenomena, and a broad range of related applications. The topics include Fundamental plasmon and polariton optics; Novel physics and applications of plasmonic and nanophotonic devices; Near-field optics, subwavelength resolution imaging, lithography, and recording; Novel materials and fabrication methods for plasmonic and nanophotonic devices; Ultrafast, nonlinear, and active plasmonics and nanophotonics; Quantum nanophotonics and plasmonics, including electron-plasmon interactions; Sensing and spectroscopy using plasmonic and nanophotonic structures; Optomechanics, trapping and manipulation using plasmonics and nanophotonics; Plasmonic and nanophotonic systems for energy applications; Ultrafast laser oscillators and amplifiers, including solid-state, semiconductor, fiber, gas lasers, modelocked sources, and CPA systems; Femtosecond and picosecond optical parametric amplifiers, including OPCPA systems; Applications of ultrashort pulses, including pump-probe spectroscopy, imaging, microscopy, sampling, and development of secondary sources in new wavelength ranges etc.,
The session on High-Field Physics and Attoscience covers the general area of high-power lasers and attosecond sources, as well as fundamental phenomena and applications that are enabled by interactions between the resulting fields and material systems. The discussions include Novel technologies, such as table-top lasers and free electron lasers, for high-field physics and attoscience; Generation and characterization of high peak/average power few-cycle laser pulses; Advanced laser-plasma technologies for secondary sources; Attosecond and strong-field phenomena in atoms, molecules, clusters, liquids, solids, and plasmas; Light filamentation; Rescattering and recollision physics; Relativistic nonlinear optical phenomena; Nonlinear quantum electrodynamics, including work towards pair production, radiation reaction, nonlinear Compton scattering, etc.; Generation and characterization of extreme wavelengths (THz to X-rays) and particle sources using table-top and free electron lasers; Applications of extreme wavelength and particle sources for dynamic imaging of ultrafast phenomena in atoms, molecules, clusters, liquids, solids, and plasmas.
This session consists a wide range of activities and developments that related to optical techniques and instrumentation used in monitoring, sensing, and transmitting information relating to energy and the environment. The topics include • Optics and photonics in wind energy • Optics and photonics in solar energy • Optics and photonics in the fossil fuel industry • Optics and photonics for the mining industry • Optics and photonics in agriculture • Optics and photonics for studies of combustion, propulsion, and flow processes • Optics and photonics to increase energy and environmental efficiencies of information transmission • Optics and photonics to assess the environmental impact of energy sectors • Optics and photonics in underwater technology • Optical sensing techniques or sensors for measuring greenhouse gases and air pollutants and/or demonstrations of such systems in real-world, field environments • Novel applications of existing optical technologies to help address environmental/energy problems (including new applications of, or modifications to, existing commercial sensors or approaches) • New discoveries in the environmental/energy areas for which integrative and multi-disciplinary approaches to optical sensing were critical ◦Techniques used to overcome the inherent challenges of deploying in challenging field and industrial environments • Optics related to solar cell operation (i.e. spectrum splitting and concentrator optics) • Photonic schemes to enhance solar cell performance
This session will showcase of a wide range of discussions on Photonics and related techniques for biology, chemistry, medicine and any healthcare related fields. The discussions include: • Biomedical Imaging and Sensing • Clinical Technologies and Systems • Photodynamic Therapy and Laser Surgery • Optical Endoscopy and Virtual biopsy • Neurophotonics and Optogenetics • Light Source and Devices for Biomedical Imaging • Novel imaging contrast dyes, nanoparticles, and optical clearing reagents • Label-free optical technologies in clinical applications
This session will showcase of a wide range activities and developments in the field of industrial applications for lasers and photonics technology. The discussions are related to manufacturing equipment, materials processing methods, manufacturing related inspection and sensing, and closely related technologies. Discussing topics include: • New or improved laser sources and beam delivery devices for industrial applications • Advanced laser machining techniques for materials processing • Laser micro-machining based manufacturing processes • Products and manufacturing methods based on laser-modified surfaces • Photonic production and inspection methods for micrometer to nanometer scale parts • Methods and devices for in situ analysis, monitoring or sensing of manufacturing equipment or industrial processes • Demonstrations of co-development between new materials and photonic manufacturing methods