2018 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

Symposium NM09—Novel Approaches and Material Platforms for Plasmonics and Metamaterials

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:

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

Invited Speakers:

  • Andrea Alù (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Nicolas Bonod (Institut Fresnel, France)
  • Svetlana Boriskina (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Igal Brener (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
  • Filippo Capolino (University of California, Irvine, USA)
  • Dmitry Chigrin (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
  • Alberto G. Curto (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands)
  • Jennifer Dionne (Stanford University, USA)
  • Georg von Freymann (University of Kaiserslautern, Germany)
  • Aitzol Garcia-Etxarri (Donostia International Physics Center, Spain)
  • Zubin Jacob (Purdue University, USA)
  • Cherie Kagan (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Mikhail Lapine (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)
  • Stephanie Law (University of Delaware, USA)
  • Marina S. Leite (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Dragomir Neshev (Australian National University, Australia)
  • Albert Polman (FOM Institute AMOLF, Netherlands)
  • P. James Schuck (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Gennady Shvets (Cornell University, USA)
  • Blake Simpkins (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, USA)
  • Costas M. Soukoulis (Iowa State University, USA)
  • Augustine Urbas (Air Force Research Laboratory, USA)
  • Jason Valentine (Vanderbilt University, USA)
  • Alexey Yamilov (Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Alexandra Boltasseva
Purdue University
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Birck Nanotechnology Center
765-494-0301, aeb@purdue.edu

Joshua Caldwell
Vanderbilt University
Mechanical Engineering Department

Isabelle Staude
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Institute of Applied Physics and Abbe Center of Photonics

Keywords for Abstract Submission

Metamaterials, Metasurfaces, Novel Materials, Plasmonics