Symposium L: Optical Metamaterials and Novel Optical Phenomena Based on Nanofabricated Structures

Optical metamaterials are artificially nanostructured media that exhibit exotic optical properties not easily attainable or unavailable in nature. Besides having fundamental implication for optics, such as negative refraction, they provide an innovative platform for developing disruptive optical technology, among which graded metasurfaces are the most recent example. The ultimate application of optical metamaterials demands new nanofabrication techniques to implement large-area, multi-scale and cost-effective architectures. In addition, metamaterials can be enriched by plasmonic effects in the optical domain, exploiting subwavelength field confinement and strong field and light-matter interaction enhancement. Optical metamaterials and plasmonic structures based on arrays of nanofabricated patterns offer novel opportunities to stimulate new cross-disciplinary concepts for sustainability, health and energy. This symposium aims at bringing together researchers from different disciplines, including physics, materials science, engineering, chemistry and biology; to share recent breakthroughs, identify critical issues and exchange ideas for future directions in the field of optical nanostructured metamaterials and plasmonics.

Topics will include:

Fundamental Theory and New Concepts

  • Nonreciprocal metamaterials
  • Nonlinear optical metamaterials
  • Transformation optics
  • Metasurfaces for light control
  • Quantum plasmonics and metamaterials
  • Plasmonics and metamaterials beyond noble metals (e.g., semiconductors, graphene and emerging 2D materials)

Emerging Nanofabrication Techniques and Architectures

  • Self-assembled metamaterial and plasmonic structures
  • DNA-origami method for optical metamaterials
  • Multiscale and multifunctional metamaterials

Novel Devices and Applications

  • Active metamaterials for nanophotonics
  • Flat photonic devices and circuits
  • Subwavelength resonators and gratings
  • Nanoscale lasers and spasers
  • Super-resolution imaging
  • Biomedical diagnostics and therapy applications
  • Energy harvesting, such as photovoltaics, thermophotovoltaics and catalysis

A joint session is being considered with Symposium II: Semiconductor Nanocrystals, Plasmonic Metal Nanoparticles, and Metal-Hybrid Structures.

Also, a tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned. Further information will be included in the MRS Program that will be available online in September.

Invited speakers include:

F.J. Garcia de Abajo (ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain), Jeremy Baumberg (Cambridge Univ., United Kingdom), Jennifer Dionne (Stanford Univ.), Nader Engheta (Univ. of Penn.), Enzo Di Fabrizio (King Abdullah Univ. of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia), Shanhui Fan (Stanford Univ.), Patrice Genevet (Harvard Univ.), Naomi Halas  (Rice Univ.), Yuri Kivshar (Australian National Univ., Australia), Franc Koppens (ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain), Suljo Linic (Univ. of Michigan), Na Liu (Max Planck Inst. for Intelligent Systems, Germany), Marko Loncar  (Harvard Univ.), Stefan Maier (Imperial College London, United Kingdom), David Norris (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), David Smith (Duke Univ.), Xiang Zhang (Univ. of California, Berkeley), Nikolay Zheludev (Univ. of Southampton, United Kingdom).

Invited speakers will also be selected from outstanding contributed talks.

Symposium Organizers

Yongmin Liu 
Northeastern University
Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Tel 617-373-4457, y.liu@neu.edu  

Federico Capasso
Harvard University
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Tel 617-384-7611, capasso@seas.harvard.edu  

Andrea Alù 
The University of Texas at Austin
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Tel 512-471-5922, alu@mail.utexas.edu  

Mario Agio 
National Institute of Optics (INO-CNR) and European Laboratory for Nonlinear Spectroscopy (LENS)
Tel 39-055-457-2469, mario.agio@ino.it  

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