Symposium EM03—Novel Materials and Architectures for PlasmonicsFrom the Ultraviolet to the Terahertz

The symposium will address critical needs in the fields of nanophotonics, plasmonics, and metamaterials to go beyond standard materials and standard wavelength ranges. The focus of this symposium is on new materials, fabrication techniques, and sample architectures for the developing of both long- and short-wavelength plasmonic and metamaterial devices. Plasmonics and metamaterials are emerging fields that show great promise for confining and guiding light at subwavelength scales. These material structures can be leveraged for a variety of uses including waveguiding, imaging, optical interconnects, light harvesting, biosensing, and many more. To date, significant progress has been made using traditional metals and dielectrics in the visible spectral range. Expanding the operation range of plasmonic devices to longer and shorter wavelengths will enable improvements in the optical infrastructure and advance new technologies. In order to take advantage of plasmonics in these wavelength ranges, new materials and novel device architectures are required that combine novel optical properties with intrinsic or extrinsic mechanisms to mitigate optical losses. The emphasis will be on emerging plasmonic materials including doped semiconductors, two-dimensional/van der Waals materials, nitrides, oxides, transition metals, and noble metal alloys, as well as new device structures and fabrication techniques utilizing traditional metals across the spectrum.

Topics will include:

  • Transition metals: aluminum, zinc, and others
  • Heavily-doped semiconductors: III/V, group IV, AlN, and other small-gap materials
  • 2D materials: MoS2, WSe2, graphene, boron nitride, etc.
  • Topological insulators: Bi2Se3, Sb2Te3, etc.
  • Phase change materials, including VO2
  • Refractory metals: TiN, ZrN, and other high-temperature materials
  • Noble metal alloys including combinations of Au, Ag, Cu, and others
  • Natural and artifically designed hyperbolic metamaterials
  • All-dielectric plasmonics and metasurfaces
  • Surface phonon polariton devices
  • Plasmonic and metamaterial devices with gain
  • UV plasmonic nanolasers, flourescence enhancement, and light generation
  • Terahertz devices and applications: imaging, sensing, and communications
  • Thermally-activated devices: coherent thermal emission and near-field heat transfer

Invited Speakers:

  • Javier Garcia de Abajo (Instituto de Quimica Fisica Rocasolano, Spain)
  • Yasuhiko Arakawa (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Harry Atwater (California Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Seth Bank (University of Texas Austin, USA)
  • Guy Bartal (Technion, Israel)
  • Dimitri Basov (Columbia University, USA)
  • Alexandra Boltasseva (Purdue University, USA)
  • Mark Brongersma (Stanford University, USA)
  • Joshua Caldwell (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, USA)
  • Henry Everitt (Army AMRDEC and Duke University, USA)
  • Enzo Di Fabrizio (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
  • Harald Giessen (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Naomi Halas (Rice University, USA)
  • Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh (RMIT University, Australia)
  • Jacob Khurgin (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • Laura Na Liu (Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics, University of Heidelberg, Germany)
  • Stefano Lupi (Universita di Roma La Sapienza, Italy)
  • Oleg Mitrofanov (University College London, United Kingdom)
  • Willie Padilla (Duke University, USA)
  • Isabelle Staude (Friedrich Schiller University, Germany)

Symposium Organizers

Stephanie Law
University of Delaware
Materials Science and Engineering

Viktoriia Babicheva
Georgia State University
Center for Nano-Optics

Svetlana Boriskina
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mechanical Engineering

Frank Neubrech
University of Heidelberg
Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics

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