Special Sessions

Sessions of similar topics may be proposed, if needed we will schedule them at different slots over the conference period.

SP1. "Nano-Plasmonics for Sensing"

Organizers: Andrea Toma & Remo Proietti Zaccaria (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)

The session will be focused on research themes related to plasmonics, especially to sensing oriented micro/nano-devices and their applications. In this regard, topics embracing applications in the wavelength range from the UV to the THz will be especially welcome. In terms of the addressed sensing techniques, we shall consider devices falling in research domains such as SERS (both single molecule and mixtures), TERS, infrared absorption spectroscopy, plasmonic fluorescence and transient absorption spectroscopy. Applications of both theoretical and experimental cut-edge research works will be considered.


  1. Refractive index sensing: linear and non-linear plasmonic configurations;
  2. Dark and sub-radiant plasmonic modes;
  3. Surface- and tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy;
  4. Plasmonic hot-spots engineering: optimization of the structures with respect to sensitivity;
  5. Nanoantenna Enhanced infrared and terahertz spectroscopy;
  6. Integration of plasmonic and microfluidic architectures to provide enhanced chemical and biological analysis;
  7. Time-resolved ultrafast spectroscopies in plasmon-assisted sensors.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Stefano Cabrini, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  2. Matteo Clerici, University of Glasgow, UK
  3. Laura Na Liu, Heidelberg University, Germany
  4. Luca Razzari, INRS University, Canada
  5. Hong Bo Sun, Jilin University, China
  6. Prabhat Verma, Osaka University, Japan
  7. Taka-aki Yano, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

SP2. "Functional Materials and Devices for Acoustic and Elastic Waves"

Organizers: Guancong Ma (Hong Kong Unviersity of Science and Technology, Hong Kong) &  Yun Lai (Soochow University, China)

Acoustic and elastic waves are ubiquitous, making them important across many areas of studies. Artificially designed functional materials and devices, such as metamaterials, wave crystals, have broadened the horizons of propagation control of acoustic and elastic waves. In this session, we share and discuss new advances and novel phenomena in this exciting field. Related topics that are not explicitly listed are also welcomed.


  1. Acoustic metamaterials and meta-devices;
  2. Elastic and mechanical metamaterials;
  3. Wave crystals for acoustic and elastic waves;
  4. Wave physics in the context acoustic and elastic waves (such as transformation wave physics, effective medium theory, novel concepts such as topological notations and non-Hermitian physics).

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Thomas Brunet, University of Bordeaux, France
  2. Che Ting Chan, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  3. Jian-Chun Cheng, Nanjing University, China
  4. Qiang Cheng, Southeast University, China
  5. Johan Christensen, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  6. Nicholas Fang, MIT, USA
  7. Mathias Fink, Institut Langevin, France
  8. Romain Fleury, EPFL, Switzerland
  9. Gengkai Hu, Beijing Institute of Technology, China
  10. Xinhua Hu, Fudan University, China
  11. Sebastian Huber, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  12. Yun Jing, North Carolina State University, USA
  13. Fabrice Lemoult, Institut Langevin, France
  14. Geoffroy Lerosey, Institut Langevin, France
  15. Xiaojun Liu, Nanjing University, China
  16. Graeme Milton, University of Utah, USA
  17. John Page, University of Manitoba, Canada
  18. Ping Sheng, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  19. Vincent Tournat, Université du Maine, France
  20. Vincenzo Vitelli, University of Leiden, Netherlands
  21. Baile Zhang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

SP3. "Nanophotonics on Silicon Platform"

Organizer: Jian Wang (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China)

Silicon photonics has become one of the most promising photonic integration platforms owing to its small footprint, high-index contrast, low power consumption, and availability of complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) fabrication technology for low-cost mass production. Nanophotonics on silicon platform offers more oppotunities for not only nanostructured silicon photonic devices but also nanostructured III-V/silicon, LiNbO3/silicon, organic/silicon, plasmon/silicon and graphene/silicon hyrbid photonic devices. Silicon nanophotonics facilitates various chip-scale optical interconnects, chip-scale photonic signal processing, chip-scale optical sensing and chip-scale spatial light manipulation applications. This session focuses on nanophotonic devices and applications on silicon platform including but not limited to:


  1. Fundamentals,design rules and fabrication techniques of silicon nanophotonic devices;
  2. Active silicon nanophotonic devices (lasers, modulators, amplifiers, detectors, etc.);
  3. Passive silicon nanophotonic devices (nanowires, strip/ridge/slot waveguides, microring, photonic crystal nanocavity, etc.);
  4. Silicon nanocrystal, silicon nitride, silicon germanium oxide;
  5. III-V/silicon, LiNbO3/silicon, organic/silicon, plasmon/silicon and graphene/silicon hyrbid nanophotonic devices;
  6. Metamaterials and metasurfaces on silicon platform;
  7. Chip-scale optical interconnects;
  8. Chip-scale photonic signal processing;
  9. Chip-scale optical sensing;
  10. Chip-scale spatial light manipulation.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Xinlun Cai, Sun Yat-sen University, China
  2. Xiangfei Chen, Nanjing University, China
  3. Yunhong Ding, Technical University of Denmark, Danmark
  4. Hyo-Hoon Park, KAIST, Korea
  5. Jian Wang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  6. Kyoungsik Yu, KAIST, Korea
  7. Linjie Zhou, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

SP4. "Metasurfaces and 2D Metamaterials in microwave region"

Organizers: Kuang Zhang  (Harbin Institute of Technology, China) & Shah Nawaz Burokur (Université Paris Ouest, France)  

Metasurfaces have recently stimulated great interest in achieving flat devices over sub-wavelength thin layers. Taking advantages of local and space-variant abrupt changes in phase, amplitude and polarization, versatile beam behaviors in microwave region can be obtained. Kinds of theoretical and practical applications have been achieved, including metalenses, beam carrying orbital angular momentum, spoof surface plasmon polariton excitation, digital metamaterial and invisibility cloaking. This session aims to cover recent advances on the design of metasurfaces and related applications.


  1. Metasurfaces with novel properties in microwave region;
  2. Active and/or tunable metasurfaces;
  3. Beam manipulation based on metasurfaces;
  4. Metalenses and meta-mirrors;
  5. Effective medium theory for metasurfaces.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. André de Lustrac, University Paris Saclay, France
  2. Ariel Epstein, Technion, Israel
  3. Chien-Hao Liu, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  4. Stefano Maci, University of Siena, Italy
  5. Zhan, Zhang, Beijing Jiaotong University, China
  6. Junming Zhao, Nanjing University, China

SP5. "Singularity Points in Acoustic Metamaterials: Physics and Applications"

Organizers: Jie Zhu (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China) & Xuefeng Zhu (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China)

In recent years, many appealing phenomena have been observed at the singularity points in acoustic systems, from parity-time symmetric acoustic/phononic devices, vortex/accelerating beams to acoustic zero index metamaterial and topological insulators, etc. This special session will focus on the latest theoretical and experimental developments in the singularity point physics of acoustic metamaterials and their potential applications. In particular, the topics covered are:


  1. Novel acoustic properties and functionalities enabled by parity-time symmetry;
  2. Topological acoustic metamaterials;
  3. Exceptional points in acoustic metamaterials and applications;
  4. Acoustic vortex and accelerating beams;
  5. Acoustic zero index metamaterials.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Badreddine Assouar, CNRS, France
  2. Ying Cheng, Nanjing University, China
  3. Zhengyu Hong, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China 
  4. Daniel Lanzillotti Kimura, CNRS - Paris-Sud University, France
  5. Baowen Li, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
  6. Yong Li, Tongji University, China
  7. Minghui Lu, Nanjing University, China
  8. Hamidreza Ramezani, University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley, USA
  9. Jianfeng Zang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China 
  10. Likun Zhang, The University of Mississippi, USA

SP6. "Photonic topological insulators: fundamental physics and state-of-the-art devices"

Organizers: Alexey Slobozhanyuk & Andrey Miroshnichenko (Australian National University, Australia)

The discovery of different photonic structures which support topologically nontrivial states has stimulated the development of robust to defects and disorder optical systems. After almost a decade the research of topological physics with light has been elaborated in one, two and three dimensional electromagnetic structures, including plasmonic and all-dielectric photonic crystals and metamaterials. Currently, the generation of state-of-the-art photonic devices based on topological features have yet to emerge. This session will focus on recent advances of innovative theoretical and experimental approaches to explore topologically nontrivial states, from microwave and optical proof of concept experiments to highly efficient devices.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Steven Anlage, University of Maryland, USA
  2. Andrea Blanco-Redondo, The University of Sydney, Australia
  3. Michel Fruchart, Leiden University, Netherlands
  4. Kin Hung Fung, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  5. Maxim Goryachev, The University of Western Australia, Australia
  6. Zhi Hong Hang, Soochow University, China
  7. Alexander Khanikaev, The City University of New York, USA
  8. Daniel Leykam, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  9. Hui Liu, Nanjing University, China
  10. Yu-Gui Peng, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  11. Alexander Poddubny, Ioffe Institute, Russia
  12. Fangwei Ye, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

SP7. "Transformation Optics concept and applications"

Organizers: Shah Nawaz Burokur (Université Paris Ouest, France)André de Lustrac (Université Paris-Sud, France), Jianjia Yi (Xidian University, China)   

Transformation Optics (TO) is a powerful tool that provides the conceptual design of novel, and otherwise unattainable, electromagnetic and optical devices by controlling the wave propagation path and the material properties. This section will cover all topics related to the use of TO and its application to the design of microwave and optical devices. Applications for wave control include antennas, lenses, illusion devices, waveguide tapers and bends, field rotators (non-exhaustive list).


  1. Theoretical formulations for novel EM designs;
  2. Limitations and challenges of device realizations;
  3. Fabrication techniques and experiments on TE-based devices.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Xavier Brgaud, Telecom ParisTech, France
  2. Patrice Genevet, CNRS - Centre de Recherche sur l'Hétéro-épitaxie et ses Applications, France
  3. Rhiannon Mitchell-Thomas, University of Exeter, UK
  4. Jianjia Yi, Xidian University, China
  5. Kuang Zhang, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

SP8. "Advanced passive and active metasurfaces"

Organizers: Howard Lee (Baylor University and Texas A&M, USA) Din Ping Tsai (Academia Sinica Taiwan and National Taiwan University, Taiwan)

Metasurfaces are arrays of subwavelength anisotropic light scatters (optical antennas) that can produce abrupt changes in the phase, amplitude, or polarization of light. Within last five years significant progress, design of metasurfaces that refract and focus light, enabling many unique properties and applications such as holograms, optical vortex generation/detection, ultrathin focusing lens, etc. This technical session will cover the fundamental principles and technological applications of metasurfaces, and particularly aim to explore on new materials, structures, and advanced optical science/functionality of metasurfaces for applications spanning from imaging system, bio/chemical sensing, energy harvesting devices, communication system, and data storage.


  1. Active metasurfaces (via electrical, thermal, optomechanical, optical controls, etc);
  2. Nonlinear metasurfaces;
  3. Quantum metasurfaces;
  4. New materials for metasurfaces (e.g., 2D materials, oxides/nitrides, phase-change materials, high-index dielectrics);
  5. Passive metasurfaces with advanced optical properties and functionalities;
  6. New applications of metasurfaces.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Koray Aydin, Northwestern University, USA
  2. Wenshan Cai, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  3. Federico Capasso, Harvard University, USA
  4. Matthew Escarra, Tulane University, USA
  5. Andrei Faraon, California Institute of Technology, USA
  6. Yuri Kivshar, Australian National University, Australia
  7. Yun Lai, Soochow University, China
  8. Jensen Li, University of Birmingham, UK
  9. Yongmin Liu, Northwestern University, USA
  10. Zhaowei Liu, University of California San Diego USA
  11. Stefan Maier, Imperial College London, UK
  12. Ragip Pala, California Institute of Technology, USA
  13. Matt Sheldon, Texas A&M, USA
  14. Shulin Sun, Fudan University, China
  15. Augustine Urbas, Air Force Research Lab., USA
  16. Nanfang Yu, Columbia University, USA 
  17. Xiang Zhang, UC Berkeley, USA
  18. Nikolay Zheludev, University of Southampton, UK

SP9. "Tunable and Nonlinear Metasurfaces"

Organizers: Chen-Bin (Robin) Huang Jer-Shing Huang (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan), Kuo-Ping Chen  (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)

The development of metasurfaces with wavelength tunable or nonlinear optical functionality is gathering great attention lately. This session will cover recent advances in fundamental physics and applications of nonlinearity, tunability and reconfiguration in metasurfaces and plasmonics.


  1. Nonlinear metasurfaces and plasmonics;
  2. Metasurface for orbital angular momenta control;
  3. Dielectric metasurfaces;
  4. Active metasurfaces;
  5. Metasurface design in far-filed and near fields;
  6. Quantum photonics;
  7. Advanced design in nanoantennas;
  8. Fano resonance;
  9. Nonlinear and Thermal effect.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Paolo Biagioni, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  2. Xianzhong Chen, Heriot-Watt University, UK
  3. Yuri Gorodetski, Ariel University, Israel
  4. Chen Ka, NIMS, Japan
  5. Tsung Sheng Kao, National Chaio Tung University, Taiwan
  6. Jong Eun Ryu, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, USA
  7. Takuo Tanaka, RIKEN, Japan
  8. Ta-Jen Yen, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

SP10. "A bottom-up approach towards metamaterials and plasmonics"

Organizer: Dorota Pawlak (ITME, Poland) &  Virginie Ponsinet (CNRS-Université de Bordeaux, France)

The session will cover all aspects of novel approaches to manufacturing of materials with special electromagnetic properties as metamaterials and plasmonic materials. The stress will be on bottom-up approach however the session aims to bring together also scientists applying novel ideas in top-down manufacturing methods. The session will include manufacturing, theory, characterization and application. The session aims to bring together material scientists, experts in electromagnetic theory and characterization as well as researchers presenting applications of the materials.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Ashod Aradian, Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal - Bordeaux, France 
  2. Debashis Chanda, University of Central Florida, USA 
  3. Anton Kuzyk, Aalto University, Finland 
  4. Pawel Osewski, Institute of Electronic Materials Technology, Poland
  5. Won Park, Colorado University, USA 
  6. Michelle Povinelli, University of Southern California, USA
  7. Carsten Rockhstuhl, KIT, Germany
  8. Concita Sibilia, Università di Roma, Italy 
  9. Johann Toudert, ICFO, Spain
  10. Mona Treguer-Delapierre, ICMCB - Bordeaux, France

SP11. "Active, Nonlinear, Quantum, and Reconfigurable Plasmonics and Metamaterials"

Organizers: Christos Argyropoulos (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA) & Pai-Yen Chen  (Wayne State University, USA)

Active, nonlinear, quantum, and reconfigurable plasmonic, metamaterial and metasurface devices are considered among the most promising platforms for efficient light manipulation and the generation of tunable functionalities in devices such as lasers, optoelectronic components, optical nanoantennas, switches, and modulators. This session will cover recent advances in physics and applications of nonlinearity, tunability and switchability in plasmonics, quantum effects in nanophotonics, metasurfaces and metamaterials.


  1. Nonlinear metamaterials and metasurfaces:  bistable switching, wave mixing and high-harmonic generation in 2D/3D plasmonic nanostructures, waveguides, and nanoantennas;
  2. Plasmo-electronics, quantum and active metamaterials: electro/all-optical control of light at nanoscale, plasmonic loss compensation, spasers, quantum dots and quantum effects in plasmonic devices;
  3. Nonlinear optics based on graphene and other 2D material devices: physics and their applications;
  4. Time-modulation and parity-time (PT) symmetric metamaterials: asymmetric and unidirectional propagation of light, magnetic-free non-reciprocity;
  5. Nonlinear optics with quantum-engineered intersubband metamaterials and other exotic conventional and quantum materials.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Gleb Akselrod, Intellectual Ventures, USA
  2. Alexandre Baron, University of Bordeaux, France
  3. Palash Bharadwaj, Rice University, USA
  4. Cristian Ciracì, Instituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Italy
  5. Paul Davids, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
  6. Angela Demetriadou, Imperial College London, UK
  7. Juan Sebastian Gomez-Diaz, University of California - Davis, USA
  8. Jeil Jung, University of Seoul, Korea
  9. Tony Low, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, USA
  10. Ting Shan (Willie) Luk, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
  11. Stefan Maier, Imperial College London, UK
  12. Francesco Monticone, Cornell University, USA
  13. Xingjie Ni, Penn State University, USA
  14. Willie Padilla, DUKE University, USA
  15. Mauricio Pilo-Pais, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Germany
  16. Alberto Piqué, Naval Research Laboratory, USA
  17. Matteo Rinaldi, Northeastern University, USA
  18. David Smith, Duke University, USA
  19. Jae-Yong Suh, Michigan Technological University, USA

SP12. "New concepts for energy harvesting and photon management"

Organizers: Mohamed Farhat & Fahhad H. Alharbi (QEERI, HBKU, Qatar Foundation, Qatar)

As the demand for alternative energy sources grow and particularly solar cells, the quest for more efficient and economically lucrative cells is in the core of the field. Among the considered concepts are utilizing plasmonics, mimicking photosynthesis, and exploring nanostructuring. Plasmonics is considered as the ultimate light manipulation at subwavelength scale. More recently, researchers started investigating ways to exploit these extraordinary features to design novel solar cells. As for photosynthesis, the quantum efficiency is almost perfect; such feature should be very useful for solar cells. Nanostructuring on the other hand has been used in different ways in solar cells. This special session will focus on recent development on many aspects of the new concepts for solar devices and photon management.


  1. Plasmon-induced hot carrier devices and applications, photoelectric hot carrier generation in metal-semiconductor junctions and water splitting;
  2. Novel Plasmonic solar cell designs;
  3. Plasmonic perfect absorbers and light trapping using SPPs;
  4. Light management;
  5. Hybrid structures with exciton and plasmon resonances;
  6. Plasmonic structures for light harvesting and concentration;
  7. Excitonic metamaterials for solar cells and lighting;
  8. Artificial photosynthesis;
  9. Quantum dot sensitized solar cells;
  10. Photon up-conversion materials for solar cells.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Pai-Yen Chen, Wayne State University, USA
  2. Mohamed Farhat, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar
  3. Vivian Ferry, University of Minnesota, USA
  4. Jeongyong Kim, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea
  5. Yuelong Li, Nankai University, China
  6. Jordi Martorell, ICFO, Spain
  7. Eli Yablonovitch, University of California Berkeley, USA
  8. Xiaobo Yin, University of Colorado - Boulder, USA

SP13. "Hybrid Plasmonics with Quantum Confined Materials and Devices"

Organizers: Palash Bharadwaj (Rice University, USA) &  Hayk Harutyunyan (Emory University, USA)

Reduced dimensionality and quantum confinement enable manipulation of light-matter interaction at the nanoscale. Plasmonic materials concentrate light into nanometric dimension enhancing this interaction strength dramatically. The marriage of these two types of nanosystems promises new paradigms in nanophotonics combining classical particles with large scattering cross section with quantum excitations. These hybrid nanomaterials will pave the way for new photonic devices, solar energy applications and photocatalysis.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Amit Agrawal, NIST, USA
  2. Christos Argyropoulos, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
  3. Bart De Nijs, University of Cambridge, UK
  4. Zhaogang Dong, A*STAR, Singapore
  5. Ruben Esteban, University of the Basque Country, Spain
  6. Alexander Govorov, Ohio University, USA
  7. Han Htoon, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
  8. Pieter Kik, CREOL, University of Central Florida, USA
  9. Jongwon Lee, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
  10. Uriel Levy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Isreal
  11. Gururaj Naik, Rice University, USA
  12. Sang-Hyun Oh, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, USA
  13. Matthew Pelton, University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA
  14. Richard Schaller, Argonne National Lab, USA
  15. Alexander Weber-Bargioni, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA

SP14. "Fano resonances in optics and  microwaves: Physics and application"

Organizers: Eugene Kamenetskii  (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel) & Almas Sadreev  (Institute of Physics, Krasnoyarsk, Russia)

Being originated in atomic physics, Fano resonances have become one of the most appealing phenomena in the wave resonant scattering in optics and microwaves.  The Fano resonances have been extensively studied in nanoparticles, plasmonic structures, and metamaterial systems. Strongly dispersive Fano phenomenon is exploited  for ultrasensitive biosensing. Fano resonances in plasmonic and magnonic structures, Fano resonances and exceptional points, collapse of Fano resonances – all these  and many other problems related to the Fano resonances are the topics for discussions in the Session. It is very worthwhile to encourage the lightwave community and  the microwave community to meet and talk (or listen) to each other in the Session on the Fano-resonance phenomenon.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Tiago José Arruda, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  2. Antonio Bianconi, Rome Int. Center Mater. Science Superstripes, Italy
  3. Shah Nawaz Burokur, Université Paris Ouest, France
  4. Dmitry Bykov, Samara National University, Russia
  5. Carlo Forestiere, Universita di Napoli "Federico II", Italy
  6. Jonas Fransson, Uppsala University, Sweden
  7. Nirmalya Ghosh, Indian Institute Science Education and Research - Kolkata, India
  8. Changzhi Gu, Institute of Physics - Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  9. Shinji Hayashi, Kobe University, apan
  10. Jer-Shing Huang, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Germany
  11. Boubacar Kante, University of California - San Diego, USA
  12. Alexey Kondratov, Institute of Crystallography, Russian Acad. Sci., Russia
  13. Ya Yan Lu, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  14. Andrey Miroshnichenko, Australian National University, Australia
  15. Toshihiro Nakanishi, Kyoto University, Japan
  16. Munehiro Nishida, Hiroshima University, Japan
  17. Alexander Paarmann, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany
  18. Vincent Paillard, CNRS-CEMES & Univ. Toulouse III Paul Sabatier, France
  19. Xianji Piao, Seoul National University, Korea
  20. Zhichao Ruan, Zhejiang University, China
  21. Keiji Sasaki, Hokkaido University, Japan 
  22. Arkady Satanin, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
  23. Ivan Savenko, Institute for Basic Science, Daejeon, South Korea
  24. Ranjan Singh, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  25. Satoshi Tanaka, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan
  26. Mehmet Emre Tasgin, Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Hacettepe University, Turkey
  27. Andrea Toma, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
  28. Xiulai Xu, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  29. Yadong Xu, Soochow University, China
  30. Yi Yu, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  31. Simone Zanotto, Istituto Nanoscienze - CNR, and NEST, Italy

SP15. "Parity-Time and related symmetries in Photonics, Plasmonics, Acoustics"

Organizers: Anatole Lupu  (Paris-Sud University, France), Henri Benisty  (Institut d'Optique Graduate School, France) & Kin Hung Fung  (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)

The use of new symmetry properties in Photonics, Plasmonics, Acoustics has emerged in the recent years. They exploit unusual categories of states that open yet unexplored applicative and fundamental avenues. Parity-Time symmetric structures are a key example of such a class of non-Hermitian systems of renewed interest in optics and photonics (gain/loss structures), with features such as broken symmetries and nonreciprocal reflections. This special session will cover theoretical and experimental progress in the exploration and functionalization of systems exhibiting this class of special-symmetry-related features in the areas of photonics, plasmonics and acoustics.


  1. Non-Hermitian Photonics, Plasmonics, Metamaterials, Acoustics;    
  2. PT-symmetry related functionalities enabled by gain-loss engineering: theory, devices, applications;
  3. Singularities, broken symmetries, topological states in non-Hermitian systems;    
  4. Transformation and nonreciprocal optics using Parity-Time or related special symmetries.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Trevor Benson, University of Nottingham, UK
  2. Pierre Berini, University of Ottawa, Canada
  3. Muriel Botey, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
  4. Sergej Flach, Institute for Basic Science, South Korea
  5. Li Ge, CUNY New York, USA
  6. Jack Harris, Yale University, USA
  7. Guoxiang Huang, East China Normal University, China
  8. Yogesh Joglekar, Indiana University & Purdue University Indianapolis, USA
  9. Mercedeh Khajavikhan, CREOL - University of Central Florida, USA
  10. Xiao-Ping Liu, Nanjing University, China
  11. Ren-Min Ma, Peking University, China
  12. Ziad Musslimani, Florida State University, USA
  13. Namkyoo Park, Seoul National University, South Korea
  14. Henning Schomerus, Lancaster University, UK
  15. Marin Soljačić, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  16. Kestutis Staliunas, Institucio Catalana de Reserca i Estudis Avancats, Spain
  17. Xulin Zhang, HKUST, Hong Kong

SP16. "Plasmonic Nanocircuits: Fundamentals and Devices"

Organizer: Hong Wei  (Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China) 

The excitation of surface plasmons in metal nanostructures enables manipulating light at deep subwavelength scale, which can be utilized for developing highly integrated nanophotonic circuits for optical information processing and optical sensing applications. This session will cover recent advances in plasmonic light manipulation, light-matter interactions and nanophotonic devices for information and sensing applications.


  1. Active and passive plasmonic components for nanophotonic circuits, including waveguide, nanolaser, single-photon source, router, splitter, switch, modulator, amplifier, logic gates, coupler, detector, etc; 
  2. Plasmon-exciton coupling, plasmon-mediated radiation of nanoemitters; 
  3. Fundamentals for manipulating light at nanometer scale, quantum plasmonics, plasmonic spin-orbit interactions, topological photonics;
  4. Plasmon-assisted processes: energy transfer, photon entanglement, hot electrons, and spectroscopy; 
  5. Advanced nanofabrication and characterization techniques.  

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Erik Dujardin, CEMES CNRS, France
  2. Erez Hasman, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  3. Xiaoyong Hu, Peking University, China
  4. Zhifeng Huang, Hong Kong Baptist University, China
  5. Tao Li, Nanjing University, China
  6. Sadahiro Masuo, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
  7. Christian Nijhuis, National University of Singapore, Singapore 
  8. Deng Pan, Wuhan University, China
  9. Ruwen Peng, Nanjing University, China
  10. Yehiam Prior, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  11. Igor Protsenko, Lebedev Physical Institute, Russia
  12. Xifeng Ren, University of Science and Technology of China, China
  13. Tigran Shahbazyan, Jackson State University, USA
  14. Volker Sorger, George Washington University, USA
  15. Päivi Törmä, Aalto University, Finland
  16. Ququan Wang, Wuhan University, China
  17. Rongyao Wang, Beijing Institute of Technology, China
  18. Sanshui Xiao, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  19. Thomas Zentgraf, University of Paderborn, Germany

SP17. "Classical and Quantum Applications using Fast and Slow Light Photonics"

Organizers: Sebastian Schulz  (University of Ottawa, Canada), William Whelan-Curtin (Liam O’Faolain)  (University of St. Andrews, UK) & Khaled Mnaymneh  (National Research Council, Canada)

This special session is geared towards recent advances in using various mechanisms of creating and using slow and fast light for a broad range of applications from sensing and communications to quantum photonics. Slow and fast light is a term that summarizes ways that the dispersion relations created in materials and structures are used to control light generation, detection and propagation. This capability allows custom control over optical phenomena and promises a way forward to all-optical processing.


  1. Fast- and slow-light generation using photonic crystals and micro-structures;
  2. Fast and slow light for quantum photonics;
  3. All-optical signal processing;
  4. Material based methods for generating fast and slow light;
  5. Slow and fast light for sensing and other applications.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Toshihiko Baba, Yokohama National University, Japan
  2. Daryl Beggs, Cardiff University, UK
  3. Alfredo De Rossi, Thales Research and Technology, France
  4. Romuald Houdré, EPFL, Switzerland
  5. Stephen Hughes, Queens University, Canada
  6. Moritz Merklein, University of Sydney, Austraila
  7. Jeremy Upham, University of Ottawa, Canada

SP18. "Towards integrated quantum photonics: materials, designs, technologies and applications"

Organizers: Lucia Caspani  (University of Strathclyde, UK) & Alessandro Casaburi  (University of Glasgow, UK) 

Quantum information science takes advantage of quantum mechanics to perform perfectly secure quantum key distribution in cryptography, intrinsic parallel quantum computation and increased precision metrology. Among the various physical systems, photons represent the logical choice: almost noise or decoherence free, easy manipulation to realize one-qubit logic gates and encoding in any of several degrees of freedom (polarization, time-bin, or path). Quantum technologies based on photons will likely require an integrated optics architecture with on-chip integrated single photon sources, optic elements and single photon detectors for ultimately improved performance, miniaturization, and scalability. This session focuses on the recent advances in the development of integrated photonics platforms including:


  1. Generation: nonlinear processes, quantum dots, defects in diamond and other materials;
  2. Manipulation: quantum logic ports, optical circuits, laser written waveguides, quantum interference, etc…;
  3. Detection: Superconducting nanowires single photon detectors (SNSPDs);
  4. Applications: Quantum computing and Quantum cryptography.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Igor Aharonovich, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  2. Daniele Bajoni, Università of Pavia, Italy
  3. Bryn Bell, CUDOS - University of Sydney, Australia
  4. Alistair Brash, University of Sheffield, UK
  5. Dirk Englund, MIT, USA
  6. Andrea Fiore, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  7. Robert Hadfield, University of Glasgow, UK
  8. Qiang Lin, University of Rochester, USA
  9. Peter Lodahl, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  10. Roberto Morandotti, INRS-EMT, Canada
  11. Roberto Osellame, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  12. Luca Sapienza, University of Southampton, UK
  13. Marc Sorel, University of Glasgow, UK
  14. Hiroki Takesue, NTT Basic Research Laboratories, Japan
  15. Hong Tang, Yale University, USA
  16. Philip Walther, University of Vienna, Austria 

SP19. "META-magnetism and interdisciplinary applications"

Organizers: Ilya Razdolski  (FHI Berlin, Germany), David Schmool  (GEMaC CNRS, France), Ko-Wei Lin (NCHU, Taiwan) & Vasily Temnov  (IMMM CNRS, France)

This session aims at evaluating the effects of a magnetic field in several merging research directions based on the magneto-photonic probing of hybrid nanostructures at the nano-scale. Recent advances in magneto-photonics, studies of the optical, electronic and structural properties of magnetic nanostructures and their arrays, ultrafast and nonlinear optical probing of magnetization dynamics,  magneto-plasmonics and magneto-acoustics will help to identify the similarities between these seemingly disparate physical phenomena and identify research and technological opportunities in what we denote as META-magnetism; the interdisciplinary branch of nanophotonics where magnetic effects play the dominant role.


  1. Magnetic nanostructures for photonic applications;
  2. Magnetic metamaterials and metasurfaces;
  3. Ultrafast magnetization dynamics;
  4. Nonlinear magneto-optics;
  5. Magneto-plasmonics;
  6. Magneto-acoustics;
  7. Optical methods in spintronics;
  8. Magneto-photonics for biosensing.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Martin Aeschlimann, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany
  2. Andreas Berger, NanoGUNE, Spain
  3. Alfonso Cebollada, ICM Madrid, Spain
  4. Alexandre Dmitriev, Chalmers University, Sweden
  5. Michael Farle, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  6. Andrey Fedyanin, Lomonosov MSU, Russia
  7. Antonio Garcia-Martin, IMM-CSIC Mardid, Spain
  8. Alexandra Kalashnikova, Ioffe Institute, Russia
  9. Evgeni Kamenetski, Ben Gurion University, Israel
  10. Vassilios Kapaklis, Uppsala University, Sweden
  11. Andrey Kirilyuk, IMM Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  12. Dmitry Kuzmin, Chelyabinsk University, Russia
  13. Loic Le Guyader, SLAC - Stanford, USA
  14. Sebastian Mährlein, FHI Berlin, Germany
  15. Seyed Majid Mohseni, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran
  16. Ulrich Nowak, University Konstanz, Germany
  17. Evangelis Papaioannou, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany
  18. Ilie Radu, MBI Berlin, Germany
  19. Ruslan Salikhov, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  20. Anna Semisalova, Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf, Germany
  21. Alexey Scherbakov, Ioffe Institute, Russia
  22. Christian Schneider, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany
  23. Paolo Vavassori, NanoGUNE, Spain

SP20. "Nanophotonics and plasmonics for information applications"

Organizer: Haitao Liu  (Institute of Modern Optics, Nankai University, China)

Nanophotonics and plasmonics allow manipulation of light in nano-scale dimensions especially with the use of surface plasmons that break through the fundamental diffraction limit of light. The nano-scale confinement of light drastically scales down the dimension of optical devices and enhances the light-matter interaction, bringing new opportunities for many information applications. This section will cover recent advances in utilizing nanophotonics and plasmonics for information applications such as sensing, imaging, integrated optical circuits and information processing.


  1. Surface-enhanced Raman/fluorescence sensing, label-free refractive index sensing;
  2. Integrated optical circuits and devices for information processing, nano light source such as single photon source and nano laser; 
  3. Near-field information probing and far-field superresolution imaging;
  4. Optical tweezers and vectorial beams for information acquisition;
  5. Tunable nanophotonics devices with electro-optic, magento-optic, acousto-optic, nonlinear optical effects and so on;
  6. Theoretical methods for the understanding and design of nanophotonic devices.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Henri Benisty, CNRS, France
  2. Fang Bo, Nankai University, China
  3. Jiaguang Han, Tianjin University, China
  4. Lingling Huang, Beijing Institute of Technology, China
  5. Haitao Jiang, Tongji University, China
  6. Dangyuan Lei, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
  7. Henri Lezec, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
  8. Jiafang Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  9. Zhiyuan Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  10. Fang Liu, Tsinghua University, China
  11. Haitao Liu, Nankai University, China
  12. Ting Mei, South China Normal University, China
  13. Egor Muljarov, Cardiff University, UK
  14. Juanjuan Ren, Peking University China
  15. Fangwen Sun, University of Science and Technology of China, China
  16. Bing Wang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  17. Dong Xiang, Nankai University, China
  18. Siyuan Yu, Sun Yat-sen University, China
  19. Lin Zhang, Tianjin University, China
  20. Weili Zhang, Oklahoma State University, USA

SP21. "Metamaterial Structures for Healthcare Applications"

Organizers: Themos Kallos (Metamaterial Technologies Inc., Canada & MediWise Ltd., UK) & Panagiotis Kosmas (King's College London, UK)

This session will focus on recent developments in the use of metamaterials for healthcare applications, which has attracted great interest from numerous research groups in recent years. Rather than theoretical developments, the session aims to focus on real-life applications of metamaterials in fields such as sensing, imaging and treatment. These applications involve research in various topics which include, but are not limited to:


  1. Millimeter waves in healthcare;
  2. Microwave biosensors - Nanoparticles in healthcare;
  3. Implantable communications and SAR reduction;
  4. MRI enhancement - Near-field focusing into biological tissues;
  5. Tissue impedance matching and sensing;
  6. Microwave imaging and hyperthermia.

SP22. "Near, Mid and Far Infrared Photonics"

Organizer: Artur Davoyan (California Institute of Technology, USA)

This session examines new ways of generating, detecting and harnessing infrared radiation, coherent and thermal, for applications related to sensing, imaging, communications, and energy production. The focus is on photonic micro and nanostructures, graphene and other van der Waals materials, and novel optoelectronic platforms for radiation management from terahertz to near-infrared.


  1. Terahertz, mid, and near-infrared optoelectronics and devices;
  2. Thermal radiation management and thermophotovoltaics;
  3. Near field heat transfer;
  4. Sources and detectors of infrared radiation;
  5. Materials for infrared;
  6. Imaging and spectroscopy;
  7. Sensing.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Hyunyong Choi, Yonsei University, USA
  2. Thomas Christensen, MIT, USA
  3. Garcia de Abajo, ICFO, Spain
  4. Richard Osgood, US Army Research Laboratory, USA
  5. Taiichi Otsuji, Tohoku University, Japan
  6. Michelle Scherott, California Institute of Technology, USA
  7. Jon Schuller, UC Santa Barbara, USA

SP23. "Periodic Systems with Glide Symmetry"

Organizers: Rhiannon Mitchell-Thomas (University of Exeter, UK) & Guido Valerio (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France)

Employing higher symmetries in periodic systems has been shown to vastly alter their dispersion characteristics. Building on the pioneering work on glide and screw symmetries of Oliner, this session will highlight the newly discovered application for these geometries to improve bandwidth and achieve high contrast index grading for metasurfaces and metamaterials. Applications such as surface lenses, leaky wave antennas and electromagnetic band gap devices will be discussed. Theoretical models, numerical analysis and experimental validation across a broad frequency range are welcome in this session.


  1. Broadband metasurfaces for lenses;
  2. Extreme effective properties for metamaterials;
  3. Equivalent circuit models and mode matching methods;
  4. Exotic frequency-dispersion in metamaterials with higher symmetries;
  5. Band-gap enhancement of metamaterials with higher symmetries;
  6. Topological photonics with symmetry considerations.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Simon Horsley, University of Exeter, UK
  2. Ling Lu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  3. Eric Plum, University of Southampton, UK
  4. Oscar Quevedo-Teruel, The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
  5. Jonhwa Shin, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
  6. Ben Steinberg, Tel Aviv University, Israel

SP24. "Advances in Nanolasers"

Organizers: Ren-Min Ma (Peking University, China) & Mercedeh Khajavikhan (CREOL, USA)

Nanolasers employ ever smaller microscale cavities to enhance the light matter interaction which brings fundamentally new capabilities to biochemical sensing, super-resolution imaging, nanolithography and on-chip optical communication. This session will cover recent advances in physics and applications of nanolasers.


  1. Plasmonic nanolasers & spasers;
  2. Metal-clad nanolasers;
  3. Photonic crystal nanolasers;
  4. Nanowire lasers;
  5. Microdisk lasers;
  6. Nanolaser arrays;
  7. Parity-time synthetic lasers;
  8. Nano-LEDs;
  9. Nanolasers with emergent materials (such as 2D materials and Perovskites);
  10. The application of nanolasers.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Shaya Fainman, UCSD, USA
  2. Shangjr Gwo, National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan
  3. Yongzhen Huang, Insitute of semiconductor - CAS, China
  4. Tien-Chang Lu, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
  5. Cun-Zheng Ning, Arizona State University, USA
  6. Teri Odom, Northwestern University, USA
  7. Brunor Romeira, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
  8. Qing Yang, Zhejing University, China
  9. Qing Zhang, Peking University, China

SP25. "Photo/Thermal Conversions and Their Applications with Photonic Crystal, Plasmonics and Metamaterials"

Organizers: Qiang Li (Zhejiang University, China) & Hui Liu (Nanjing University, China)

The ability to generate and control light and heat in the nanoscale has received huge attention. The ubiquitous absorption in metal and semiconductor materials provides an avenue for photo-to-thermal (optical absorption) and thermal-to-photo (thermal radiation) conversions. With photonic crystal, plasmonics and metamaterials to confine energy in the near-field, the photo/thermal conversions can be significantly enhanced and artificially engineered. The photo/thermal conversions have triggered a variety of new applications, including thermophotovoltaics, water processing, imaging/camouflage, optical recording, heating/cooling, material processing, etc. This special session will focus on recent development on photo/thermal conversions and their applications.


  1. Optical absorbers and thermal emitters;
  2. Hot electron in nanostructures;
  3. Near-field radiative heat transfer for energy harvesting;
  4. Photo/thermal conversions for imaging/camouflage, heating and cooling;
  5. Photo/thermal conversion for thermophotovoltaics, water processing, optical recording, sensoring, etc.;
  6. Extreme photothermal conversion for material processing;
  7. Tunable photo/thermal conversion;
  8. Fabrication of large-scale photo/thermal conversion materials;
  9. New materials including 2D materials (such as graphene) for photo/thermal conversion.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Takashi Asano, Kyoto University, Japan
  2. Patrick Bouchon, Centre de Nanosciences et de Nanotechnologies (C2N), France
  3. Qin Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  4. Yu-Bin Chen, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
  5. Cubukcu Ertugrul, University of California San Diego, USA
  6. Jean-Jacques Greffet, CNRS, France
  7. Kyoungsik Kim, Yonsei University, South Korea
  8. Qiang Li, Zhejiang University, China
  9. Tadaaki Nagao, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan
  10. Alexander Petrov, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
  11. Min Qiu, Zhejiang University, China
  12. Dehui Wan, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  13. Zongfu Yu, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  14. Lin Zhou, Nanjing University, China

SP26. "THz metamaterial and metasurface"

Organizers: Qiang Cheng (Southeast University, China) & Qi Ye Wen (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China)

Recent advance in THz metamaterials have enabled rapid development of various functional devices within this range, including filters, lens, switchers and modulators. Due to the lack of response to THz radiation for most natural materials,artificial metamaterials made of subwavelength structures have been demonstrated to have great potentials to tailor and manipulate terahertz waves at will,thereby facilitating the design of novel components and systems in the THz region. This session will cover recent development in the theory, experiments and applications of terahertz metamaterial and metasurface.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Sheng Fei Feng, Capital Normal University, China 
  2. Wen Xuan Tang, Southeast University, China 
  3. Qi Ye Wen, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China


SP27. "Acousto-elastic metamaterials and phononic crystals"

Organizers: Marco Miniaci (University of Le Havre, France)  & Yoon Young Kim (Seoul National University, Korea)

In recent years, the study and design of novel materials with unconventional and advanced vibrational properties, often referred to as elasto-acoustic metamaterials, has opened up new research roadmaps due to their unique possibilities to control elastic waves even at sub-wavelength scale. The structural periodicity and extreme anisotropy as well as local resonances rather than material’s intrinsic property, governs the overall dynamic properties, leading to exotic physical properties, such as negative refraction, stop-band filtering, cloaking, energy harvesting etc., unachievable using continuous materials or traditional composites.  In parallel, recent advances in material science and technology have allowed the realization of a huge variety of metamaterials operating at very different frequency scales, leading to novel application proposals in the field of wave control, focusing and collimation, environmental noise reduction, or even earthquake protection.  Contributions will address the mechanics of acousto-elastic metamaterials, comprising phononic crystals with direction-dependent frequency bands caused by Bragg scattering and metamaterials with the additional feature of local resonance giving rise to sub-wavelength phenomena. This Special Session is intended to provide a forum for researchers working in the field of metamaterials to disseminate their ideas on the design and characterization of new configurations, highlighting novel dynamic phenomena and exploring additional promising applications.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Andrea Bergamini, ETHZ, Switzerland
  2. Andrea Colombi, Imperial College of London, UK 
  3. Stefano Laureti, University of Warwick, UK
  4. Bruno Morvan, University of Le Havre, France
  5. Yan Pennec, Université de Lille, France
  6. Jia-Hong Sun, Chang Gung University, Taiwan

SP28. "Metamaterials in Communication Systems"

Organizers: Yue Li (Tsinghua University, China), Zhi Ning Chen (National University of Singapore, Singapore) & Wei Liu (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

Metamaterial is a powerful concept to solve the practical industrial problems. From an engineering point of view, the session will cover the latest progress in the applications of metamaterials in communication systems, discussion how to translate the physical concepts of metamaterials into engineering technologies. These topics of the session include but are not limited to:


  1. Loss issue of metamaterials;
  2. Microwave and millimeter wave metamaterial and metasurfaces;
  3. Metamaterial-based components, including antennas, filters, phase shifters and transmission lines;
  4. Metatronics: metamaterial-inspired lumped circuits;
  5. Microwave imitation of plasmonics and nanophotonics.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Hung-Chun Chang, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  2. Changjiang Deng, Beijing Institute of Technology, China
  3. Nader Engheta, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  4. Kodera Toshiro, Meisei University, Japan

SP29. "Plasmonic Sensor for Biomedical Device"

Organizer: Hao Yu & Yu Luo (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Plasmonic sensors for the application in biomedical devices have attracted lots of research interests recently. In this session, we will focus on the latest theories and techniques of plasmonic sensors operating at microwave or terahertz frequencies, which may show the biomedical application such as cancer cell detection, blood analysis, protein characterization, real-time monitoring of antigen-antibody reaction, and so on.


  1. Plasmonic biosensors based on capacitor, resonator, oscillator, etc;
  2. Surface plasmon waveguide based biosensors;
  3. Fano-resonance techniques for biomedical sensing;
  4. CMOS technology compatible plasmonic biomedical devices.

SP30. "Alternative plasmonic materials"

Organizer: Neha Sardana (Institute of Nano Science and Technology, India)

The possibility of tailoring the plasmonic response of different un-conventional materials, which not only elucidate higher electromagnetic response but also show a promising future in photonics and optoelectronics will be the key highlight of this session.  This session will focus on the recent advances in the development of new un-conventional materials used in any photonic / optoelectronic application.


  1. Carbon based materials;
  2. Oxide based materials;
  3. Polymer based materials;
  4. Structuring response of materials.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Marina Leite, University of Maryland, USA
  2. Neha Sardana, INST-Mohali, India
  3. Joerg Schilling, Martin Luther University of Halle Wittenberg, Germany

SP31. "Coupling of magnetic and electric dipoles to magneto-electric resonances in nanostructures and metasurfaces"

Organizers: Aurélien Cuche & Vincent Paillard (CEMES, France) 

Plasmonic nanostructures and high-refractive index dielectric nanoantennas present strong optical resonances of electric and/or magnetic nature. The interplay between these resonances allows manipulating macroscopic optical properties such as light scattering directionality and spectral control, bringing new opportunities for many information processing and photonic applications. This special session will focus on recent development on several aspects of the understanding of the electric and magnetic components of the light in the near field of metallic and dielectric nanoantennas and metasurfaces, along with the understanding of the photodynamics of magnetic and electric dipole transitions interacting with magnetic and/or electric resonances.


  1. Dielectric nanostructures and metasurfaces;
  2. Plasmonics;
  3. Mie resonances;
  4. Fano resonances;
  5. Magnetic and Electric hotspots;
  6. Magnetic dipole emission;
  7. Electric dipole emission;
  8. Field enhancement;
  9. Directivity control.

SP32. "Novel photonic and plasmonic structures: theory and applications"

Organizers: Fangfang Ren (Nanjing University, China) & Qingguo Du (Wuhan University of Technology, China)

Photonic and plasmonic structures play important roles in optoelectronic devices development. With advanced nanofabrication techniques, many photonic and plasmonic structures based devices have been proposed and studied such as biosensors, photodetectors, photovoltaics/solar cells and LEDs. This session focuses on the theory and applications of novel photonic and plasmonic structures including but not limited to:


  1. Photonic and plasmonic structures for light emission, detection, or harvesting;
  2. Bio-sensor platform based on photonic and plasmonic structures;
  3. Novel phenomena in photonic and plasmonic structures;
  4. New types of building integrated photovoltaics;
  5. Nanostructures for LED applications.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Bing Gu, Southeast University, China
  2. Fei Xu, Nanjing University, China 

SP33. "Recent progress in novel functionalities of plasmonic and metamaterial structures"

Organizers: Kazuaki Sakoda (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan) & Teruya Ishihara (Tohoku University, Japan)

This session focuses on all kinds of novel functionalities of plasmonic, metamaterial, and photonic crystal structures in the frequency ranges from optical waves to microwaves. Such studies as those in the early stage of investigation, new ideas, and theoretical proposals of new experimental studies are most welcome. So, the topics of the talks are not limited to certain categories. Those listed below are the main topics of the confirmed invited speakers.


  1. Enhanced magneto-chiral effect by a single metamolecule;
  2. Visualization of plasmon dynamics in single gold nanostructures;
  3. Generic way for creating topological electromagnetic states;
  4. Regulation of microwave propagation by plasma-metamaterial composites;
  5. Photoinduced electromotive force in porous metallic films;
  6. Superluminal propagation in non-Hermitian periodic structures;
  7. Surface enhanced absorption spectroscopy by metamaterial absorbers;
  8. Optical cloaking using existing materials;
  9. Active metamaterials utilizing pi-conjugated materials;
  10. Electrochemical fabrication of gold nanostructures.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Vladimir Belotelov, Moscow State University, Russia
  2. Xiao Hu, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
  3. Kohei Imura, Waseda University, Japan 
  4. Teruya Ishihara, Tohoku University, Japan
  5. Kotaro Kajikawa, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  6. Vasily Klimov, Lebedev Physical Institute, Russia
  7. Max Lein, Tohoku University, Japan
  8. Tatsunosuke Matsui, Mie University, Japan
  9. Yuto Moritake, RIKEN, Japan
  10. Osamu Sakai, University of Shiga Prefecture, Japan
  11. Kazuaki Sakoda, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
  12. Sergei Tikhodeev, General Physics Institute, Russia
  13. Satoshi Tomita, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

SP34. "Advanced numerical and theoretical tools as applied to modern nano photonics: Plasmonics and Metamaterials"

Organizer: Kofi Edee (Université Blaise Pascal, France) 

In the fields of nanophotonics and especially plasmonics and metamaterials the theoretical approaches and their related numerical techniques play an extremly important role. A major part of published papers focus on the numerical simulations when exploring plasmonic/metamaterial configurations which is a key step towards design and experimental fulfilment. Among these approaches, methods tailored for diffraction gratings are of high importance because they lighten the numerical load by exploiting the periodicity which is always present in metamaterials for example. Our aim is to organise a session gethering specialsits of diffraction gratings theories in order to discuss the state of the art in the matter and especially focus on the new problems rised by the difficulties to simulate new nanophotonic devices.  We believe that such a session could be of great interest not only to thereticians/numericians working on diffraction gratings but also to those (experimentalists/designers) who are interested by a applying them to nanophotonics.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Brahim Guizal, Université Montpellier 2, France 
  2. Mauro Antezza, Université Montpellier 2, France 
  3. Christelle Brimont, Université Montpellier 2, France 
  4. Hualiang SHI SP34 Beijing Computational Science Research Center, China 
  5. Alexey Shcherbakov, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia


SP35. "Optically-assisted mechanical systems for advanced photonics and ultrahigh-precision applications"

Organizers: Jong G. Ok (Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Korea) & Ji-Seok Lim (Youngnam University, Korea)

This special session will address the cutting-edge research on the optically-assisted ultrahigh-precision mechanical systems mainly comprising high-precision and scalable nanopatterning and high-resolution imaging, along with their advanced applications. The main topics are including but not limited to the followings:


  1. Optically-assisted nanoarchitecturing, particularly driven by mechanical methods;
  2. Advanced nanoimaging systems;
  3. Their photonic, plasmonic, sensing, and metamaterial applications.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Seong Chan Jun, Yonsei University, Korea
  2. Keonwook Kang, Yonsei University, Korea
  3. Joon Sang Lee, Yonsei University, Korea
  4. Jiseok Lim, Yeungnam University, Korea
  5. Dohun Kim, Seoul National Universit, Korea
  6. Jong G. Ok, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Korea 
  7. Won Hyoung Ryu, Yonsei University, Korea 
  8. Wooyoung Shim, Yonsei University, Korea

SP36. "Wideband metamaterials for antennas and related applications"

Organizers: Steve Hang Wong (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong) & Laure Huitema (XLIM - University of Limoges, France)

Metamaterials applied to antenna designs and related applications become popular recently. Size reduction, back-lobe suppression, beam steering, reconfigurability, field redistribution, and gain enhancement in antennas have been demonstrated through the use of different structures of the metamaterials. In this special session, the speakers will exhibit the most updated metamaterials technologies to devote advanced electrical characteristics to the antenna and the array designs. Examples of metamaterial-based antennas from various wireless communication systems will be included from microwave to millimeter-wave frequency spectrums.


  1. Novel structure of metamaterials for antennas;
  2. Wideband dielectric metamaterials;
  3. Metamaterials for reconfigurable antennas;
  4. Metamaterials for millimeter-wave antennas;
  5. Antenna radiation and enhancement by metamaterials; 
  6. Characterizations of metamaterial-based antennas.

SP37. "Structural Color for Displays and Imaging"

Organizers: Debashis Chanda (College of Optics and Photonics - CREOL, University of Central Florida, USA)  

Structural color is produced through combinations of reflection, scattering and interference which eliminates color bleaching of pigmentation based absorptive color generation mechanisms. Plasmonic as well as dielectric metasurfaces/nanostructures offer the unique ability to control the propagation of light via phase/amplitude modifications on nanostructured surfaces, producing vivid structural color. Flexible, thin-film structural color holds great promise for next generation displays and prints. 


  1. Transmissive/reflective structural color;
  2. High contrast color;
  3. Angle independent color generation;
  4. Active and passive tunability;
  5. Bio-inspired color;
  6. Integrated devices.

SP38. "Recent Advances in Complex Materials and Nanophotonics"

Organizers: Konstantin Vytovtov (Astrakhan State Technical University, Russia) 

This session will serve as an interdisciplinary platform for researchers to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Advanced Materials and Nanophotonics.


  1. Metasurfaces and Metamaterials;
  2. Metatronics and graphene metamaterials;
  3. Nano-Electromagnetism;
  4. Plasmonics and nanophotonics;
  5. Nanobiophotonics;
  6. Chiral and bianisotropic materials;
  7. Phononics and acoustic metamaterials.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

This session has been upgraded to Symposium II

SP39. "Potential application of metamaterials"

OrganizersTae In Choi (Center for Advanced Meta-Materials, Korea)

he unusual properties of metamaterials, that metamaterials could be designed to control light/electromagnetic/sound waves, and other physical phenomena, have great potential applications. This session will focus on recent advances in potential applications of metamaterials.


  1. RF absorption;
  2. Acoustic absorption;
  3. IR technology;
  4. Cloaking;
  5. Antennas;
  6. Terahertz applications;
  7. Wireless power transmission;
  8. Other potential applications.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Doyeol (David) Ahn, Seoul University, Korea
  2. Hyung Hee Cho, Yonsei University, Korea
  3. Jong-Ho Choe, Korea University, Korea
  4. Eun-Chae Jeon, KIMM, Korea
  5. Shashi P. Karna, US Army RDECOM, USA 
  6. Heungsoo Kim, Naval Research Laboratory, USA 
  7. Sam Hyun Lee, Yonsei University, Korea
  8. Sangwook Nam, Seoul National University, Korea 
  9. Augustine Urbas, Air Force Research Lab, USA

SP40. "Innovative Metamaterials"

OrganizersNamkyoo Park (Seoul National University, Korea) & Jeong Weon Wu (Ewha Womans University, Korea)

Metamaterial is a platform where new optical functionalities can be implemented for innovative technology. Innovative metamaterial session covers variety of metamaterial structures possessing new optical functionalities by an elaborate design of subwavelength inclusions.


  1. PT symmetry;
  2. Chirality;
  3. Disordered system;
  4. Functional metasurface;
  5. Transformation optics;
  6. Topological insulator in metamaterial structure;
  7. Nonlinear optics in metamaterial;
  8. Spectroscopic application of metamaterial.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Hyunyong Choi, Yonsei University, Korea
  2. Muhan Choi, KNU, Korea
  3. Anthony D'Aleo, CNRS, Centre Interdisciplinaire de Nanoscience de Marseille, France
  4. Bumki Min, KAIST, Korea
  5. Namkyoo Park, Seoul National University, Korea
  6. Q-Han Park, Korea University, Korea
  7. Min-Kyo Seo, KAIST, Korea
  8. Seok Ho Song, Hanyang University, Korea
  9. Jeong Weon Wu, Ewha Womans University, Korea

SP41. "Applications of nanophotonics and metamaterials in bio-imaging"

OrganizersWonshik Choi (Korea University, Korea) & Pilhan Kim (KAIST, Korea)

Artificially designed structures whose patterns are smaller than the wavelength of interest can induce unique effects such as field enhancement and wave confinement well below the wavelength scale. In nanophotonics and metamaterials, these effects have been exploited to control and manipulate waves beyond what is possible by the conventional technologies. In this session, we will focus our attention to the implications of these emerging technologies in imaging applications and potential applications to biology and medicine. A wide range of applications will be discussed including, but not limited to : optical imaging, ultrasound imaging, microwave imaging, devices for the control of spatial wave patterns, and etc.


  1. Optical imaging;
  2. Ultrasound imaging; 
  3. Microwave imaging; 
  4. Devices for the control of spatial wave patterns.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Wonshik Choi, Korea University, Korea
  2. Pilhan Kim, KAIST, Korea
  3. Hwi Kim, Korea University, Korea
  4. Choon-Gi Choi, ETRI, Korea
  5. Junsuk Rho, POSTECH, Korea
  6. Se Hwa Kim, KRISS, Korea