Symposium EL05—Scalable Photonic Material Platforms—Applications and Manufacturing Advances
Scalable photonic platforms have rapidly emerged as a new research frontier, with advances in scalable manufacturing and patterning technologies meeting emerging technological requirements and opportunities for large-area optical nanostructures and metamaterials in information, energy technologies, displays and imaging. This symposium seeks to synthesize both the utilization of photonic structures, plasmonic systems and metamaterials for large-area applications, and the development of new methods of producing photonic structures over large areas.
From bottom-up assembly to nanoimprint lithography and 3D printing, a broad range of approaches have recently sought to produce high-fidelity optical nano- and micro-structures over large areas. Challenges however remain in balancing both the need for low-cost fabrication over large areas with particular performance targets, especially when targeting visible wavelengths.
At the same time, there has been considerable excitement about applications for photonic technologies in information processing, energy, aerospace, imaging and displays that are inherently large-area and large-scale in nature. For example, the utilization of optical nanostructures to enable new capabilities in energy applications including solar and thermal radiation absorption and emission must interact with broadband electromagnetic fields, but also be scalable for future deployment. Similar challenges and opportunities have sparked considerable recent progress in wafer-scale photonics for integrated photonics and quantum computing, as well as large-area metasurfaces and metamaterials for imaging and display applications.
This symposium will highlight advances in applications enabled by photonic materials, metamaterials, metasurfaces and related structured materials that will need to be deployed over large scales, as well as progress in the manufacturing approaches that will make such deployments possible.