2019 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit

Symposium EP12-Emerging Materials for Plasmonics, Metamaterials and Metasurfaces

This symposium addresses emerging topics of hybrid nanophotonics including plasmonics, metamaterials, metasurfaces, and two-dimensional materials to overcome existing limitations that prevent the development of practical photonic devices. The symposium seeks to provide a general overview of recent advances in new design concepts and material platforms, including fabrication techniques and promising applications enabled by the new developments.

Novel approaches in plasmonics promise the generation, processing, sensing, and detection of signals at the nanometer scale with great potential in a wide range of fields, including photovoltaics, optical communications, quantum information processing, biophotonics, sensing, chemistry, and medicine. One of the obstacles, still limiting the broad application of plasmonic-based technologies, originates from inherent material losses in constitutive plasmonic components. The recent discovery of new plasmonic materials, as well as nanolayered and two-dimensional materials with low loss, tunability of their optical properties and semiconductor compatibility, can enable a breakthrough in the field of nanoscale photonics, optical metamaterials, and their applications.

Topics will include:

  • Metasurfaces and nanoantenna
  • All-dielectric resonant structures
  • Fabrication techniques for improving plasmonic properties
  • Designing material properties to decrease optical losses
  • Emerging plasmonic materials
  • Nitrides, oxides, highly doped semiconductors, and noble metal alloys
  • Two-dimensional materials: graphene and beyond
  • Transition metal dichalcogenides and trichalcogenides
  • Dynamically switchable and phase change materials
  • Materials with near-zero permittivity and hyperbolic dispersion
  • Ultrafast and nonlinear effects in metamaterials and plasmonics
  • Surface phonon polaritons, mid-infrared and terahertz applications
  • Near-field optical imaging and focusing
  • Photovoltaic applications and efficient light harvesting
  • Platforms for optoelectronics and quantum information processing
  • Plasmonic sensing
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Jennifer Dionne (Stanford University, USA)
  • Linyou Cao (North Carolina State University, USA)
  • Jeremy Munday (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Rizia Bardhan (Vanderbilt University, USA)
  • Dmitri Basov (Columbia University, USA)
  • Andrey Evlyukhin (Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V., Germany)
  • Reuven Gordon (University of Victoria, Canada)
  • Yuri Kivshar (The Australian National University, Australia)
  • Tao Li (Nanjing University, China)
  • Fang Liu (Tsinghua University, China)
  • Maiken Mikkelsen (Duke University, USA)
  • Tadaaki Nagao (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan)
  • Alexey Nikitin (Donostia International Physics Center, Spain)
  • Deirdre O'Carroll (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA)
  • Ann Roberts (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Takuo Tanaka (Riken, Japan)
  • Xiang Zhang (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Kuo-Ping Chen
National Chiao Tung University

Marina Leite
University of California, Davis
Materials Science and Engineering

P. James Schuck
Columbia University
Department of Mechanical Engineering

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