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2015 MRS Fall Meeting Logo2015 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

November 29-December 4, 2015 | Boston
Meeting Chairs: T. John Balk, Ram Devanathan, George G. Malliaras, Larry A. Nagahara, Luisa Torsi

Symposium GG—Emerging Materials and Platforms for Optoelectronics

The study and discussions of emerging materials for opto-electronic devices is critical and well-aligned with current trends in government funding and momentum. For instance, the mission of the recently established National Photonics Initiative (NPI) is to prepare the US for a competitive technological infrastructure in the 21st century. An in-depth discussion of the various material options that have sprung up and continue to excite researchers with an accelerating trend put a high demand on exploring a new wave of opto-electronic devices. In fact, novel device and material combinations have been shown to break classically defined performance limits. For instance, the field of nanoscale lasers has demonstrated lasing modes that are deeply sub-wavelength allowing for ultra-dense integration and intriguing new laser physics. Furthermore, electro-optic modulators and switches are forecasted to surpass fundamental speed-energy tradeoff limits. Given these exciting and timely trends, it is critical to understand the role of the whole fleet of emerging opto-electronically active materials such as Graphene, Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMD), Transparent Conductive Oxides (TCOs), plasmonics-based and (Epsilon Near Zero) ENZ approaches. Novel multi-material heterogeneous and hybrid platforms are an exciting and fast-moving field of research for enhanced performance of integrated photonic devices and circuits. In addition to fundamental insights and effects, a particular focus of this symposium will be to explore, discuss, and showcase advancements related to information processing, and energy-related applications. This choice is quite topical, as sustainability and energy consumption awareness are slowly emerging as ‘hard’ design criteria in the engineering disciplines. Hot topics such as mobile and data communications, energy and health-care technologies push for the boundary of opto-electronics. Thus, this symposium also looks ahead into extending Moore’s law in form of a photonic roadmap, and identifies future directions based on these emerging opto-electronic materials. In conclusion, this symposium provides the platform to bring together scientists and engineers from a variety of disciplines, provides them with the opportunity to highlight the most recent progress, and engages them in active discussions towards shaping future functional devices.

Topics will include:

  • Active graphene photonics
  • Beyond graphene: The new class of 2D materials
  • Giant index modulation in Transparent Conductive Oxides (TCO)
  • The search for the best plasmonic material
  • Epsilon Near Zero (ENZ) materials
  • Devices beyond conventional limits
  • Breaking speed & energy limits
  • Non-linear & ultrafast phenomena
  • Enhanced light-matter-interactions
  • Computational analysis & methods
  • Plasmons and nanolasers
  • Compact electro-optic modulators
  • Single-photon QED & discussion of low energy devices
  • Efficient photodetection
  • Nano-photonic device integration
  • Heterogeneous and hybrid material platforms

Invited Speakers:

  • Harry Atwater (California Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Alexandra Boltasseva (Purdue University, USA)
  • Mark Brongersma (Stanford University, USA)
  • Dominique Dagenais (NSF, USA)
  • Nader Engheta (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Shaya Fainman (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Shanhui Fan (Stanford University, USA)
  • William Green (IBM, USA)
  • Tony Low (IBM/Minnesota University, USA)
  • Zhaolin Lu (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Jurgen Michels (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Otto Muskens (University of Southampton, United Kingdom)
  • Rupert Oulton (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
  • Stefano Palomba (University of Sydney, Australia)
  • Gernot Pomrenke (Air Force Office of Scientific Research, USA)
  • John Rogers (University of Illinois, USA)
  • Vladimir Shalaev (Purdue University, USA)
  • Mark Stockman (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Daniel Wasserman (University of Illinois, USA)
  • Anatoly Zayat (King's College London, United Kingdom)

Symposium Organizers

Volker J. Sorger
The George Washington University, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Viktoriia E. Babicheva
Georgia State University
Center for Nano-Optics

Sasan Fathpour
University of Central Florida
CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics

Juejun Hu
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Materials Science and Engineering