Plenary & Keynote Talks

META 2014 will feature 6 Plenary Talks and 19 Keynote lectures by world's leading experts on nanophotonics and metamaterials:

Plenary Lectures

Plenary Lecture 1: Tunable Quantum Metaphotonics


Harry Atwater

California Institute of Technology, USA

Harry Atwater is currently Howard Hughes Professor and Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests center around two interwoven research themes: photovoltaics and solar energy; and plasmonics and optical metamaterials. Atwater and his group have been active in photovoltaics research for more than 20 years. Recently they have created new photovoltaic devices, including silicon wire array solar cells, and transferred-layer designs for III-V semiconductor and multijunction cells. They are making exciting advances in plasmonic light absorber structures for III-V compound and silicon thin films. Atwater is an early pioneer in surface plasmon photonics; he gave the name to the field of plasmonics in 2001. He has authored or co-authored over 200 publications, and his group’s developments in the solar and plasmonics field have been featured in Scientific American and in research papers in Science, Nature Materials, Nature Photonics and Advanced Materials.

Plenary Lecture 2: Device Applications of Metafilms and Metasurfaces


Mark Brongersma

Stanford University, USA

Mark Brongersma is a Professor and Keck Faculty Scholar in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. He received his PhD in Materials Science from the FOM Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1998. From 1998-2001 he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the California Institute of Technology. During this time, he and his advisor, Dr. Harry Atwater, coined the term “plasmonics” for a new device technology that exploits the unique optical properties of nanoscale metallic structures to route and manipulate light at the nanoscale. His current research is directed towards the development and physical analysis of nanostructured materials that find application in nanoscale electronic and photonic devices. Brongersma received a National Science Foundation Career Award, the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, the International Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences (Physics) for his work on plasmonics, and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the SPIE, and the American Physical Society.

Plenary Lecture 3: Metastructures at the Extreme


Nader Engheta 

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Nader Engheta is the H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor at the University of Pennsylvania with affiliations in the Departments of Electrical and Systems Engineering, Bioengineering, Physics and Astronomy, and Materials Science and Engineering. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Tehran, and his M.S and Ph.D. degrees from Caltech. Selected as one of the Scientific American Magazine 50 Leaders in Science and Technology in 2006 for developing the concept of optical lumped nanocircuits, he is a Guggenheim Fellow, an IEEE Third Millennium Medalist, a Fellow of IEEE, American Physical Society (APS), Optical Society of America (OSA), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and of SPIE-The International Society for Optical Engineering, and the recipient of the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Key Award, the 2012 IEEE Electromagnetics Award, the 2008 George H. Heilmeier Award for Excellence in Research, the Fulbright Naples Chair Award, NSF Presidential Young Investigator award, the UPS Foundation Distinguished Educator term Chair, and several teaching awards including the Christian F. and Mary R. Lindback Foundation Award, S. Reid Warren, Jr. Award and W. M. Keck Foundation Award. His current research activities span a broad range of areas including nanooptics and nanophotonics, metamaterials and plasmonics, graphene photonics, nonreciprocal nanophotonics, biologically-inspired sensing and imaging, miniaturized antennas and nanoantennas, physics and reverse-engineering of polarization vision in nature, mathematics of fractional operators, and physics of fields and waves phenomena. He has co-edited (with R. W. Ziolkowski) the book entitled “Metamaterials: Physics and Engineering Explorations” by Wiley-IEEE Press, 2006. He was the Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Plasmonics in June 2012.

Plenary Lecture 4: Toward fJ/bit optical communication inside a chip


Masaya Notomi

NTT Basic Research Laboratories and NTT Nanophotonics Center, Japan

Masaya Notomi is Senior Distinguished Scientist at NTT Basic Research Laboratories, Director of NTT Nanophotonics Center, and heading Photonic Nanostructure Research Group. He is also Professor of Physics in Tokyo Institute of Technology. He received B.E., M.E. and Ph. D. degrees in Applied Physics from the University of Tokyo in 1986, 1988, and 1997, respectively. He joined Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) in 1988. Since then, his research interest has been to control the optical properties of materials and devices by using artificial nanostructures, and engaged in research on quantum wires/dots and photonic crystal structures. Especially, he and his colleagues predicted negative refraction in photonic crystals, found slow light in photonic crystals, demonstrated various ultralow power photonic devices based on photonic crystal nanocavities. In 1996-1997, He was a visiting researcher at Linköping University in Sweden. His work was selected as one of the Scientific American 50 Award in 2007. He received IEEE/LEOS Distinguished Lecturer Award (2006), JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Prize (2009), Japan Academy Medal (2009), and Commendation for Science and Technology by the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Prize for Science and Technology) (2010). IEEE Fellow since 2013.

Plenary Lecture 5: Quantum Amplification by Superradiant Emission using Metamaterials


Marlan Scully

Texas A&M and Princeton, USA

Marlan O. Scully is a laser physics pioneer. His work includes the first quantum theory of the laser with Lamb, the first demonstrations of lasing without inversion, the first demonstration of ultraslow light in hot gases, and the use of quantum coherence to detect anthrax in real time. Furthermore Scully's work on quantum coherence and correlation effects has shed new light on the foundations of quantum mechanics, e.g., the quantum eraser. He has been elected to the: National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Academia Europaea, and Max Planck Society; has numerous awards including the: APS Schawlow prize, OSA Townes Award, IEEE Quantum Electronics Award, Franklin Institute's Elliott Cresson Medal, OSA Lomb Medal, and Humboldt Senior Faculty Prize. More recently he was named Harvard Loeb Lecturer, received an honorary doctorate from Universität Ulm, and was awarded the OSA/DPG Hebert Walther Award.

Plenary Lecture 6: The Challenge of Using Optical Antennas to Accelerate Spontaneous Emission


Eli Yablonovitch

UC Berkeley, USA

Eli Yablonovitch is the Director of the NSF Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S), a multi-University Center based at Berkeley. He received his Ph.d. degree in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1972. He worked for two years at Bell Telephone Laboratories, and then became a professor of Applied Physics at Harvard. In 1979 he joined Exxon to do research on photovoltaic solar energy. Then in 1984, he joined Bell Communications Research, where he was a Distinguished Member of Staff, and also Director of Solid-State Physics Research. In 1992 he joined the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was the Northrop-Grumman Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering. Then in 2007 he became Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley, where he holds the James & Katherine Lau Chair in Engineering. Prof. Yablonovitch is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society. He is a Life Member of Eta Kappa Nu, and is elected as a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and is a Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London. He has been awarded the Harvey Prize (Israel), the IEEE Photonics Award, the IET Mountbatten Medal (UK), the Julius Springer Prize, the R.W. Wood Prize, the W. Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, and the Adolf Lomb Medal. He also has an honorary Ph.d. from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, and from the Hong Kong Univ. of Science & Technology.


Keynote Lectures


Metasurfaces for wavefront control
Federico Capasso, Harvard University, USA


Light can push in the "wrong" way
Che Ting Chan, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong


Light Harvesting with Metasurfaces: Applications to Sensors and Energy Generation
David Crouse, The City University of New York, USA


3D chiral photonic crystals inspired by butterfly wings
Min Gu, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia


Light produces a nano-forest of trees as metamaterials
Satoshi Kawata, Osaka University, Japan


All-dielectric nanophotonics: From magnetic light to Fano metasurfaces
Yuri Kivshar, The Australian National University, Australia


Self-assembling Nanoplasmonic Arrays: Novel Metamaterials for Smart Mirrors, Sensors and Antennas
Alexei A Kornyshev, Imperial College London, UK


Bottom-up crystal-growth-based manufacturing of bulk nanoplasmonic materials and metamaterials
Dorota Pawlak, Institute of Electronic Materials Technology, Poland


Ultrahigh-efficiency solar cells based on dielectric metamaterial design
Albert Polman, Center for Nanophotonics, FOM Institute AMOLF, Amsterdam


Meta-surface and Meta-light
Cheng-Wei Qiu, National University of Singapore, Singapore


Photonic Topological Insulators
Moti Segev, Technion, Israel


Enabling Nanophotonics with Plasmonics and Metamaterials
Vladimir Shalaev, Purdue University, USA


Optical study and near-field imaging of plasmonic structures
Zexiang Shen, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Variations in parametrization approaches of continuum metamaterials in two and three dimensions
Ari Sihvola, Aalto University, Finland


Solids in Ultrafast and Strong Optical Fields: New Phenomena
Mark Stockman, Georgia State University, USA


From plasmonic nanostructure, toroidal metamaterial, reective metasurface to holo- graphic metadevice
Din Ping Tsai, National Taiwan University, Taiwan


Polarization and photonic spin hall effects in plasmonics and metamaterials
Anatoly Zayats, King's College London, UK


Can cloaking research generate real technologies?
Baile Zhang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Coherent control of metamaterials
Nikolay Zheludev, NTU, Singapore & Southampton University, UK







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