Special Sessions

SP1. "Metasurfaces at Terahertz, Infrared and Optical Frequencies"

Organizer: Tahsin Akalin, Lille I University, France.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Tahsin Akalin, Lille I University, France
  2.  Mona Jarrahi, Michigan University, USA
  3. Willie Padilla, Boston College, USA


SP2. "A bottom-up approach towards metamaterials and plasmonics"

Organizer: Dorota Pawlak, ITME, Poland & Wounjhang (Won) Park, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

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.  


SP3. "Transformation Electromagnetics concepts and applications"

Organizers: Shah Nawaz Burokur & Andre de Lustrac, IEF, Paris-Sud University, France.

Transformation Electromagnetics (TE) 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 TE and its application to the design of microwave and optical devices.


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

SP4. "Metamaterial-based radiating and absorbing structures"

Organizers: Shah Nawaz Burokur & Andre de Lustrac, IEF, Paris-Sud University, France.

Since the last decade, metamaterials have been used as basic structures in the design of microwave antennas and other related devices. This section will cover all topics related to the use of metamaterials and metasurfaces in radiating structures and absorbing screens.


  1. Design of metamaterial-based antennas;
  2. Fabrication and measuremenst of metamaterial structures for antenna applications;
  3. Design and measurements of absorbing materials and screens.


SP5. "Exciton-polaritons: basic physics and devices"

Organizer: Alexey Kavokin, University of Southampton, UK.

Polaritonics is an emerging new area of solid state optics and nanophotonics. Recent discoveries of Bose-Einstein condensation and polariton lasing open way to a new generation of opto-electronic devices based on bosonic effects in light-matter quantum liquids. This section will cover recent advances in physics of exciton-polaritons and polariton devices.


  1. Polariton lasers;
  2. Polariton logic: transistors, optical integrated circuits;
  3. Spin related effects in polariton liquids.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Alberto Bramati, University of Paris VI, France
  2. Sven Hoefling, St-Andrews university, UK
  3. Alexey Kavokin, University of Southampton, UK
  4. Na Young Kim, Stanford University, USA
  5. Pavlos Lagoudakis, University of Southampton, UK
  6. Elena Ostrovskaya, Australian National University, Australia
  7. Daniele Sanvitto, CNR, Lecce, Italy
  8. Ivan Shelykh, Nanyang university, Singapore


SP6. "Nonlinear metamaterials"

Organizer: Allan Boardman, Joule Physics Laboratory, University of Salford, UK.

It is widely recognised that both nonlinearity and tunability present major opportunities for the potential application of metamaterials. This is especially true in the optical domain, where nonlinearity really does have a very dramatic controlling impact upon the design of metamaterial-based devices. The outcomes can, for example, impact strongly upon the energy and medical sectors of society. Submissions are invited on a whole range of these nonlinear possibilities and they can include waveguide complexity, solitonic applications and vortices. Discussions on sensor waveguide forms will be welcomed in terms of their enhanced sensitivities and the discussion of novel boundary conditions. The nonlinear coupling of light to other excitations and the impact of metamaterial nonlinearity on the rising nanophotonic areas will be welcomed.


  1. Fundamental discussion of intrinsic and extrinsic nonlinearity, including quantum effects;
  2. Waveguide complexity using advanced software;
  3. Nonlinear switching;
  4. The soliton family, solitonic interactions and vortex solitons;
  5. Special metamaterials and solitonic junctions;
  6. Energy concentrators and graded-index materials.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Natalia Litchinitser, University at Buffalo, USA
  2. Mikhail Lapine, The University of Sydney, Australia


SP7. "Hyperbolic metamaterials"

Organizer: Allan Boardman, Joule Physics Laboratory, University of Salford, UK.

The global interest in hyperbolic metamaterials is now well established. This name is used simply because he isofrequency curve is hyperbolic. Submissions are sought in this area which can demonstrate the major features that are attracting such a lot of attention around the world. These include an impressive broadband capability, high tunability and potential deployment downstream as the basis of very commercial and socially useful applications. It is expected that all of these features will be strongly demonstrated in this exciting session.


  1. Fundamental discussions of all aspects of hyperbolic metamaterials;
  2. Sub-wavelength applications;
  3. Quantum nanophotonics;
  4. Fluorescence engineering;
  5. Special plasmons;

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Michael Stoermer, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, Germany
  2. Zubin Jacob, University of Alberta, Canada
  3. L.Jay Guo, University of Michigan, USA
  4. Guy Bartal, Technion, Israel


SP8. "Diamond Nanophotonics"

Organizer: Igor Aharonovich, University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

Diamond is attracting considerable attention in nanophotonics and nanoplasmonics research fields due to its exceptional optical properties and the ability to host bright, single photon emitters. Recent realization of photonic crystal cavities, demonstration of Purcell enhancement and Raman lasing paves the way to new paradigms in light matter interactions and novel photonics devices. This section will cover recent progress in diamond nanophotonics including quantum optics and plasmonics experiments, devices and applications.


  1. Diamond nanophotonics: Photonic Crystals, Integrated nanophotonic circuits, Nonlinear optics, quantum optics;
  2. Nanoplasmonics;
  3. Single Spin Manipulation.


SP9. "New Materials for Plasmonics and Photonic Metamaterials"

Organizer:  Kevin MacDonald, University of Southampton, UK.

Optical responses in photonic metamaterial and plasmonic systems based on conventional metals are inevitably accompanied by significant losses, which obstruct practical applications by compromising performance. Increasing attention is consequently being focused on potential alternatives to the ubiquitous noble metal platforms, including conductive oxides, nitrides, semiconductors, graphene and other two-dimensional media. And these materials can bring additional benefits in functionality – dynamically controllable, adaptive or nonlinear responses, and in practicality. This session is open to papers on all aspects of novel materials research for plasmonic and photonic metamaterial applications.

SP10. "PT-symmetry in photonics, metamaterials and plasmonic systems"

Organizers: Anatole Lupu, IEF, Paris-Sud University, France & Henri Benisty, Institut d'Optique Graduate School, France.

The recent years have manifested a considerable interest for the novel physics and the novel opportunities offered by PT-symmetric systems that combine gain and loss in the same structure. This section will cover theoretical and experimental progress in the functionalization of combined gain and loss in photonics, metamaterials and plasmonics.


  1. Singularities and broken symmetries in systems with gain and loss;
  2. PT-Symmetry Plasmonics and Metamaterials;
  3. Transformation optics using PT symmetry.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Ashod Aradian, University of Bordeaux & CNRS, France
  2. Trevor Benson & Sendy Phang, University of Nottingham, UK
  3. Pierre Berini, University of Ottawa, Canada
  4. Subhasish Dutta Gupta, University of Hyderabad, India & Oklahoma State University, USA
  5. Liang Feng, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
  6. Yogesh N. Joglekar, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), USA
  7. Vladimir Konotop, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  8. Tsampikos Kottos, Wesleyan University, Middleton, USA
  9. Bernard Kress, Google, USA
  10. Chaohong Lee, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China
  11. Jensen Li, University of Birmingham, UK
  12. Anatole Lupu, IEF, Paris-Sud University, France
  13. Andrey Sukhorukov, Australian National University, Australia
  14. Giorgos Tsironis (Nikos Lazarides), University Crete and FORTH, Greece
  15. Alexey Vinogradov, Institute for Theoretical and Applied Electromagnetics RAS, Russia
  16. Lan Yang, Washington University, USA
  17. Xiang Zhang & Xuefeng Zhu, University of California, Berkeley, USA

SP11. "Fundamentals of quantum systems in nano-meta-environment"

Organizers:  Arkadi Chipouline, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany; Pavel Belov, ITMO University, Russia; Ildar Gabitov, University of Arizona, USA & Vasili Klimov, Lebedev's General Physics Institute, Russia.

There is a growing interest in various aspects of the interaction of the nanostructures with various quantum systems including quantum dots, dye molecules and etc. The interaction could be roughly subdivided by resonant (when energy difference of some transition in a quantum system coincides with one of the eigen mode of a nanoresonator) and nonresonant. The resonant interaction between nanostructures and quantum systems is a subject of this session. Spaser/nanolaser, plasmonic components with gain for information processing, and biosensors of different types based on localized plasmons are typical structures of interest. Förster resonant energy transfer (FRET) type of interaction is supposed to provide the loss compensation mechanism. In order to adequately describe regular and stochastic dynamics of the coherent nanosources (spasers/nanolasers), the involved physical processes (including FRET and Purcell effect) have to be correctly taken into consideration. In spite of the fact, that this topic receives great attention since approximately 2006, there are still fundamental questions to be fixed. Unfortunately, a vast majority of the appeared publications are devoted to particular problems, while the fundamentals have received just a little attention. In the Special Session we suggest to revisit basics of interaction between classical and quantum systems and consider applicability of different models, elaborated to describe the physical processes in such systems. The following three packages of problems are suggested for consideration:


  1. Package 1: Fundamentals of dynamics of quantum systems
    - general theory of relaxation of fundamental quantum systems,
    - effective excitation of fundamental quantum system
  2. Package 2: Fundamentals of interaction of quantum systems with nano-objects
    - fluorescent energy transfer (FRET) in Nano-meta-environment
    - single quantum emitter in nano-meta-environment
    - quantum properties of light in nano-environment
  3. Package 3: Practical realization of the coherent nanosources
    - nanolasers and spasers
    - single photon sources

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Arkadi Chipouline, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
  2. Vasily Klimov, Lebedev's General Physics Institute, Russia
  3. Dragomir Neshev, Australian National University, Australia
  4. Christophe Sauvan, Institut Optique Graduate School, France
  5. Tigran V. Shahbazyan, Jackson State University, USA
  6. Mark Stockmann, Georgia State University, USA
  7. Alexey Vinogradov, Institute for Theoretical and Applied Electromagnetics RAS, Russia
  8. Eli Yablonovitch, UC Berkeley, USA


SP12. "Bionanoplasmonics"

Organizer:  Arkadi Chipouline, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany; Alexey Vinogradov, Institute for Theoretical and Applied Electromagnetics RAS, Russia; Ilya Kurochkin, Moscow State University, Russia & Irina Nazarenko, University Clinic Freiburg, Germany.

Bionanoplasmonics is now rapidly developing branch of science, which appeared at the overlap between new functionalities provided by nanotechnology and actual needs of the bio/medical applications. This topic now covers a huge area of various researches, which obviously cannot be packed in one conference session. We propose to limit the discussion by several modern questions, which are very important for applications.


  1. Narrowband resonances for biosensors based on coupled localized plasmons and Active Plasmonic Platform;
  2. Coupled micro&nanoresonators as a biosensor platform;
  3. Phase detection scheme for biosensors with localized plasmons;
  4. Detection of exosoms as a new generation of the express cancer diagnostics;
  5. Composite Microcontainers for intracellular delivery, sensing and cellular traffic controlling.


SP13. "Graphene Plasmonics, Nano-photonics and Nano-optoelectronics"

Organizers: Pai-Yen Chen, Intellectual Ventures Lab, USA & Mohamed Farhat, KAUST, Saudi Arabia.

Graphene plasmonics is considered as the ultimate light manipulation at "atomic" scale. The field-tunable, collective oscillation of massless Dirac fermions in graphene leads to the exciting electrically-tunable surface plasmon polaritons. This session will cover recent advances in physics and applications of graphene in plasmonics, nano-photonics, nano-optics and nano-optoelectronics.


  1. Graphene Plasmonics: Wave Propagation, Absorption and Scattering in Graphene Structures, Metamaterials and Metasurfaces, Photonic Crystals, Nanocavities, Cloaking Devices;
  2. Graphene-Based sub-THz/THz/IR Optoelectronic Devices, Lasers, Antennas and Monolithic Integrated Circuits;
  3. Nonlinear Electrodynamics of Graphene, Graphene Complex Conductivity Model.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Muhammad Amin, KAUST, KSA
  2. Philippe Ben Abdallah, CNRS, France
  3. Christophe Caloz, Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal, Cannada
  4. Federico Capasso, Harvard University, USA
  5. Pai-Yen Chen, Intellectual ventures lab, USA
  6. Zheyu Fang, Rice University, USA
  7. Javier Garcia de Abajo, ICFO, Spain
  8. Julien Perruisseau, EPFL, Switzerland


SP14. "Liquid crystal-based photonic metamaterials"

Organizers: Vassili Fedotov, University of Southampton, UK & Ilya Shadrivov, The Australian National University, Australia.

Engineering artificial photonic materials with dynamically controlled optical properties is one of the most important steps towards practical application of the metamaterial concept. It requires hybridisation of the metamaterials' composite structure with various types of tunable and nonlinear media. Among such media liquid crystals possess arguably the largest and most broadband optical nonlinearity, while their optical properties can be readily controlled by light, temperature, electric and magnetic fields. This special session aims to expose recent progress and discuss challenges in developing liquid crystal-based tunable and nonlinear metamaterials operating at THz and optical frequencies.


  1. Liquid crystal-based tunable metamaterials;
  2. Nonlinear metamaterials.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Olexandr Buchnev, University of Southampton, UK
  2. Vladimir Drachev, University of North Texas, USA
  3. Iam-Choon Khoo, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  4. Yanjun Liu, A*Star, Singapore
  5. Georg Mehl, University of Hull, UK
  6. Dragomir Neshev, Australian National University, Australia
  7. Salvatore Savo, Rowland Institute at Harvard, USA
  8. Jeong Weon Wu, Ewha Womans University, Korea


SP15. "Superconducting and Quantum Metamaterials"

Organizers: Nikos Lazarides, University of Crete, Greece.

Superconducting metamaterials is a rapidly developing area in the field of artificially structured media. The incorporation superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) or Josephson junctions extends the science of metamaterials to the quantum level. This section will cover all topics in metamaterials having superconducting constituents.


  1. Superconducting plasmonic metamaterials;
  2. Quantum superconducting metamaterials;
  3. SQUID-based and Josephson metamaterials;
  4. Layered and hybrid superconducting metamaterials.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Steven Anlage, University of Maryland, USA
  2.  Biaobing Jin, Nanjing University, China
  3. Juan J. Mazo, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
  4. Alvar Sanchez, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
  5. George Tsironis, University of Crete, Greece
  6. Antoinette Taylor, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
  7. Alexey V. Ustinov, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany


SP16. "Nano-apertures and applications"

Organizers: Sang-Hyun Oh, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, USA & Reuven Gordon, University of Victoria, Canada.

Following the discovery of extraordinary optical transmission, metallic nanoholes and slits have been the focus of intense research. These nanostructures provide a fascinating and practical platform for localization of analyte and light in a common region, resonant imaging, nonlinear optics, optical trapping, background-free illumination and collection of light, giant field enhancements, to name a few. This session will feature presentations on new fabrication techniques (e.g. ion-beam lithography, nanoimprinting, atomic layer lithography), aperture physics, as well as applications in sensing, imaging, trapping, and spectroscopy involving nano-apertures and related structures.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Steve Blair, University of Utah, USA
  2. Hyuck Choo, Caltech, USA
  3. Joshua Edel, Imperial College London, UK
  4. Carlos Escobedo, Queen's University, Canada
  5. Mathieu L. Juan, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  6. Byoungho Lee, Seoul National University, Korea
  7. Henri Lezec, NIST, USA
  8. David Norris, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  9. Jim Schuck, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  10. Qiuming Yu, University of Washington, USA


SP17. "Hybrid quantum systems and metamaterials"

Organizer: Didier Felbacq, Université Montpellier II, France & Alexandre Zagoskin, Loughborough University, UK.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Stephan André, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  2. Pavel Belov, National Research University, St Petersburg, Russia
  3. Philippe Ben-Abdallah, Institut d’Optique, France
  4. Patrice Genevet, Harvard University, USA
  5. Uwe Huebner, Institute of Photonic Technology, Germany
  6. Evgeni Il'ichev, Russian Quantum Center, Russia
  7. Alexei Kavokin, University of Southampton, UK
  8. Pascal Macha, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  9. Michael Marthaler, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  10. Hans-Georg Meyer, Institute of Photonic Technology, Germany
  11. Vito Mocella, CNR Napoli, Italy
  12. Gregor Oelsner, Institute of Photonic Technology, Germany
  13. Jan-Michael Reiner, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  14. Emmanuel Rousseau, Charles Coulomb Laboratory UMR-CNRS 5221, France
  15. Gerd Schön, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  16. Concita Sibilia, Universita' di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy
  17. Alexey V. Ustinov, National University of Science and Technology MISIS, Russia
  18. Guillaume Vienne, Data storage institute, Singapore
  19. Valery Zwiller, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft, Netherlands

SP18. "Numerical Modeling Techniques for Metamaterials"

Organizer: Ozlem Ozgun, TED University, Turkey & Mustafa Kuzuoglu, Middle East Technical University, Turkey.

The objective of this special session is to discuss analytical and numerical techniques for analysis and design of metamaterials with applications to antenna, microwave and optical devices.


  1. Analytical and numerical modeling of metamaterials;
  2. Homogenization of metamaterials and effective medium models;
  3. Transformation electromagnetics/optics.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Christophe Caloz, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada
  2. Hongsheng Chen, Zhejiang University, China
  3. Anthony Grbic, University of Michigan, USA
  4. Andrei V. Lavrinenko, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  5. Ferran Martín, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
  6. Ekmel Özbay, Bilkent University, Turkey
  7. Cheng-Wei Qiu, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  8. Alexander Schuchinsky, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
  9. Ari Sihvola, Aalto University, Finland
  10. Baile Zhang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


SP19. "Educational aspects of metamaterials"

Organizers:  Arkadi Chipouline, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany & Ari Sihvola, Aalto University, Finland.

In classical electromagnetics, physics, and materials science, the educational programs and structures are well established in the curricula of universities worldwide. The situation is different in the field of metamaterials, which is an area that is quite recent and multidisciplinary. As an emergent field of research, metamaterials do not fit into the traditional teaching models. Depending on the tradition from which a metamaterialist comes, the terminology, methodology, application interests, and scientific philosophy is different. This session focuses on the ways how universities in today’s landscape face these challenges. Which are the existing and new teaching methods and procedures in metamaterials education? Are there differences in the approaches in the European/American/Asian educational systems? We welcome all type of contributions related to this topic: case studies of individual courses, good practices in teaching particular physical concepts and phenomena, school and department level views about curriculum design, as well as all education-sciences research results.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Allan Boardman, University of Salford, UK
  2. Henrik Wallén, Aalto University, Finland


SP20. "Theoretical and Computational techniques for nanophotonics and nanoplasmonics"

Organizers: Iftikhar Ahmed, Chu Hong Son, Khoo Eng Huat & Ching Eng Jason Png, Institute of High Performance Computing (A-Star), Singapore.

Theoretical and computational techniques have played and are playing an important role in the prediction and verification of many phenomena such as negative refractive indices, superlens and development of novel optical devices. The focus of the proposed session will be on some recent advances and updates on the theory and computational techniques in the fields of nanophotonics and nanoplasmonics.


  1. Multiphysics nanoplasmonics and nanophotonics systems;
  2. Design of active nanodevices for light control;
  3. Advance theory and physics of nanoplasmonics and nanophotonics devices;
  4. Near and far field optics for metamaterial and plasmonics.


SP21. "Recent Advances in Active and Passive Nano-Particle Systems"

Organizers: Samel Arslanagic & Radu Malureanu, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark.

Recent years have witnessed an increased interest in passive and active nano-particle systems and the fascinating plethora of their applications with large societal impact. Among many, these include biomedical sensing, characterization, and imaging, efficient drug delivery, solar energy harvesting, near-field spectroscopy, optical nano-circuits and lasers, as well as material design. The successful exploitation of nano-particle systems relies highly on our understanding of their basic electromagnetic properties as well as on our ability to match the theoretical and experimental results.


  1. Analytical and numerical solutions of various passive and active canonical/complex nano-particle systems;
  2. Related experimental achievements.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Rasoul Alaee, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat Jena, Germany
  2. David Bruce Burckel, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
  3. Miguel Comesana-Hermo, Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal - CNRS, France
  4. Ben Hopkins, Australian National University, Australia
  5. Ivan Maksymov, University of Western Australia, Australia
  6. Valentyn Volkov, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  7. Sergei Zhukovsky, DTU Fotonik, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark


SP22. "Near field optical effects in metal-dielectric and acousto-optic metamaterials"

Organizers: Arup Neogi, University of North Texas, USA,  Motichi Ohtsu, University of Tokyo, Japan & Makoto Naruse, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan.


  1. Near-field optical effects in nanophotonic systems including dressed photons, phonons and electrostatics in nanoscale emitters, antennas and absorbers;
  2. Off-resonant plasmonic system of metal semiconductor system for efficient emitters, photovoltaics and sensors;
  3. Electromagnetically controlled acoustic-optical meta-materials;
  4. Optically controlled acoustic metamaterials.


SP23. "Photonic Crystals (Theory and Applications)"

Organizers: Gandhi Alagappan, &  Du Qingguo, Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), Singapore

Photonic crystals (PCs) are truly important building blocks of photonic integrated circuits in the optical communications. Almost all essential component of optical communication system can be designed efficiently using photonic crystals s. Photonic crystals also have many important applications in wide range of other fields such as display, photonics, energy harvesting systems, and defences.


  1. Quantum optics in photonic crystals;
  2. Passive photonic crystal devices;
  3. Active photonic crystal devices;
  4. Photonic crystal architectures for Solar Light Harvesting;
  5. Slow light in photonic crystals;
  6. Novel phenomena in photonic crystals.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Fang-Fang Ren, Australian National University, Australia
  2. Haitao Dai, Tianjin University, China
  3. Bing Gu, Southeast University, China
  4. Peter Halevi, Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica Electronica (INAOE), Mexico.


SP24. "Active and Tunable Metamaterials"

Organizers: Zhengtong Liu, Dongying Li & Yaxin Yu, Institute of High Performance Computing (A-Star), Singapore.

The scope of research on metamaterials and plasmonics has been greatly expanded in recent years, and a huge variety of devices has been studied. This session focuses on active and tunable metamaterial and plasmonic devices, including but not limited to:


  1. Frequency reconfigurable and tunable metamaterial antennas;
  2. Plasmonic sources and spasers;
  3. Gain-compensated metamaterials;
  4. Reconfigurable metamaterial surfaces and cloaks;
  5. Tunable metamaterials using MEMS techniques.


SP25. "Plasmonically Enhanced Nanoimaging and Nanospectroscopy"

Organizers: Prabhat Verma, Osaka University, Japan.

There is a huge demand for research tools allowing one to “see” nanostructures and to characterize and understand materials as well as biochemical process at nanoscale resolution. Optical imaging and spectroscopic techniques based on plasmonic confinement and enhanced of light field make this possible as these techniques have pushed the limits of spatial resolution and sensitivity to new scales. Continuous improvements open ways to novel applications at the forefront of scientific knowledge. The purpose of this special session is to encompass all aspects of plasmonic confinement and enhancement in optical nanoimaging and nanospectroscopy in the UV, visible and near-IR spectral range.


  1. Near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM/SNOM);
  2. Tip-enhanced Raman scattering (TERS), anti-Stoke's Raman scattering (TE-CARS) and Fluorescence (TEF) spectroscopy and microscopy;
  3. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and anti-Stoke's Raman scattering (SE-CARS) spectroscopy;
  4. Particle-enhanced Raman scattering (PERS) spectroscopy;
  5. FDTD and other theoretical studies of plasmonically enhanced spectroscopies;
  6. Other related topics.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Katsumasa Fujita, Osaka University, Japan
  2. Bin Ren, Xiamen University, China
  3. Yuika Saito, Osaka University, Japan
  4. Nicholas Smith, Osaka University, Japan
  5. Yung Doug Suh, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Korea
  6. Prabhat Verma, Osaka University, Japan
  7. Taka-aki Yano, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  8. Remo Proietti Zaccaria, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
  9. Dai Zhang, University of Tuebingen, Germany


SP26. "Scattering and diffraction phenomena in plasmonics and semiconductor nano-optical systems"

Organizers: Fernando Moreno, University of Cantabria, Spain  & Manuel Nieto-Vesperinas, ICMM - CSIC, Spain.

Recent research has shown that high refractive index dielectric materials with sizes smaller than the incident wavelength can be excellent candidates for controlling light scattering directionality and consequently, optical forces. Also, because of their low losses in spectral ranges of interest, like VIS and NIR, some of these materials become possible basic elements for applications in plasmonics with dielectrics: spectroscopy for material analysis (SERS and equivalent surface enhanced techniques), optical communications, microscopy, new materials research, energy storing (solar cells), optical information storing, etc. With this session, we pursue to follow, among other, the following topics:.


  1. Scattering and diffraction phenomena from magnetodielectric particles and structures. Semiconductor, ceramics and plasmonics;
  2. Dual scattering systems, Kerker and Fano resonances;
  3. Light currents: Linear, angular and spin momenta of light;
  4. Conservative and non-conservative optical forces.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. K. Y. Bliokh, iTHES Research Group, RIKEN, Japan
  2. N. Bonod, Institut Fresnel, France
  3. M. A. Fiddy, University of North Carolina Charlotte, USA
  4. L. S. Froufe-Pérez, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, Spain
  5.  L. Gao, Soochow University, China
  6. A. García-Martín, IMM-Instituto de Microelectrónica de Madrid (CNM-CSIC), Spain
  7. I. Liberal, Universidad Publica de Navarra, Spain
  8. F. J. Meseguer, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Valencia, Spain
  9. G. Molina-Terriza, Macquarie University, Australia
  10. M. Nieto-Vesperinas, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Spain
  11. T. Philbin, University of Exeter, UK
  12. M. V. Rybin, University ITMO, Russia
  13. J. M. Sanz, Univ. of Cantabria, Spain
  14. X. Zambrana-Puyalto, Macquarie University, Australia


SP27. "The strong light-matter interaction in Photonic crystals and plasmonics"

Organizers: Ran Hao, Min Qiu, Zhejiang University, China & Jian Wang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

The strong light-matter interaction is one of the common feature of photonic crystals and plasmonics, and lots of novel phenomena in nanophotonics are based on the enhanced light-matter interactions, such as slow light, large dispersion, sub-wavelength light confinement, hybrid plasmonics, enriched nonlinear effects, etc. this special section would focus on the phenomena, physical understanding, and potential applications based on enhanced light-matter interaction.


  1. Recent progress in Slow light researches in Photonic crystal and plasmonic devices;
  2. The strong light-matter interaction in nanoplasmonic structures (including graphene);
  3. Passive and active hybrid plasmonic devices;
  4. Enriched nonlinear effects in Photonic crystal waveguide and plasmonic structures;
  5. Photonic crystal based metamaterials.


SP28. "Atoms with nanophotonic or/and nanoplasmonic structures"

Organizers: Christophe Couteau, CINTRA CNRS, Singapore & University of Technology of Troyes, France & David Wilkowski, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

The scope of this session is to bring closer two rapidly growing expertise. From one side atomic physic, atoms cooling and trapping and from the other side nanostructures and metamaterials utilized to engineer unconventional field patterns.


  1. Atomic spectroscopy with nanostructures and metamaterials;
  2. New devices and methods to manipulate and trap cold atoms;
  3. Quantum emitter and nanostructures.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Alexey Akimov, RQC, Russia
  2. Aidan S. Arnold, University of Strathclyde, UK
  3. Fetah Benabid, University of Limoges, France
  4. Daniel Bloch, Universite Paris 13, France
  5. Darrick Chang, Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques, Spain
  6. Vasily Vasilievich Klimov, Lebedev Physical Institute, Russia
  7. Uriel Levy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  8. Holger Schmidt, University of California Santa Cruz, USA
  9. Sebastian Tobias Slama, University of Tuebingen, Germany


SP29. "Acoustic and elastic metamaterials"

Organizers: Yoon Young Kim, Seoul National University, Korea & Jensen Li, University of Birmingham, UK.

The special session of "Acoustic and elastic metamaterials" is focused on the emerging applications of metamaterial concepts to acoustic and elastic waves. Theories, applications, experimental/numerical methods and new findings related to acoustic and elastic metamaterials are welcome. This session will cover the following topics, but any topic not explicitly listed below is welcome as long as it is related to novel approaches for manipulating acoustic and elastic waves.


  1. Acoustic and elastic Metamaterials;
  2. Acoustic and elastic Phononic Crystals (PCs);
  3. Cloaking and transformation approach on acoustic and elastic waves;
  4. Active and Tunable Acoustic Metamaterials;
  5. Numerical and Experimental Methods in Acoustic Metamaterials & PCs;
  6. Novel phenomena with photonic or plasmonic analogies;
  7. New phenomena enabled by acoustic metamaterials.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Johan Christensen, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  2. Nicholas Fang, MIT, USA
  3. Yoon Young Kim, Seoul National University, Korea
  4. Sam Hyeon Lee, Yonsei University, Korea
  5. Andrew Norris, Rutgers University, USA
  6. John Page, University of Manitoba, Canada


SP30. "Photonic Dirac cone and topological photonic states"

Organizers: Vassilis Yannopapas, University of Patras, Greece & Kazuaki Sakoda, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan.

The topological description of the quantum states of matter sets in a new paradigm in the description and classification of atomic solids. The advent of artificial electromagnetic structures such as photonic crystals and metamaterials has established over the years a continuous conveyance of ideas and methods from atomic solids to their EM counterparts. Quite naturally, the concept of topological order has been adapted to photonic systems. For example, 2D lattices of gyromagnetic cylinders simulate the integer quantum Hall effect, chiral metamaterials simulate topological insulators, chiral plasmonic surfaces simulate the Bohm - Aharonov effect and spin-orbit coupling, etc. The aim of this session is to gather experts in this emerging field of photonics addressing the topological phenomena associated with the electromagnetic field.


  1. Photonic simulators for the integer and fractional quantum Hall effect;
  2. Photonic counterparts of topological insulators/ photonic crystals with gapless surface states;
  3. Dirac singularities, negative-zero-positive refractive index and related phenomena (Klein tunneling, Zitterbewegung);
  4. Axion electrodynamics;
  5. Spin-dependent plasmonics;
  6. Berry phase in optical systems;
  7. Unidirectional waveguiding and non-reciprocal optical transmission;
  8. Magneto-optical photonic crystals and metamaterials.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. C. T. Chan, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  2. M. Onoda, Akita University, Japan
  3. K. Sawada, RIKEN, Japan
  4. A. Sanada, Yamaguchi University, Japan
  5. T. Ueda, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
  6. Ying Wu, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
  7. Erez Hasman, Technion, Israel
  8. Ling Lu, MIT, USA
  9. Mohammed Hafezi, University of Maryland, USA
  10. Dimitris Angelakis, Technical University of Crete, Greece


SP31. "Plasmonic assisted far-field microscopy"

Organizers: Yonatan Sivan, Ben-Gurion University, Israel; Yannick Sonnefraud, Institut NEEL, France & Stefan Maier, Imperial College London, UK.

One of the reasons for the exponential growth of interest in plasmonics and metamaterials in recent years is their potential use in imaging applications. This session will cover theoretical and experimental progress in the use of nano-structures and nano-particles to assist various aspects of far-field microscopy techniques, including resolution and brightness enhancement, metamaterial-based imaging, time-reversal-based super-resolution imaging etc.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Zubin Jacob, university of Alberta, Canada
  2. Satoshi Ishii, NICT, Japan
  3. Yuan Guanghui, NTU, Singapore


SP32:  "Hybrid metastructures and their applications for energy, lighting, catalysis and sensing"

Organizers: Hilmi Volkan Demir (NTU Singapore & Bilkent University, Turkey); Sergey Gaponenko (National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Belarus) and Alexandre Govorov (Ohio University, USA).

The focus is on optically-active hybrid structures composed of materials with different physical and chemical properties. Nanoscale elements of hybrid metamaterials may include semiconductors, metals, polymers, and bio-molecules.  The central issues within the scope of hybrid systems are the electromagnetic, Coulomb and charge-transfer interactions between nanoscale building blocks and new physical and chemical properties emerging from such interactions.


  1. Excitonic metamaterials for solar cells and lighting
  2. Organic/inorganic solid-state lighting
  3. Plasmonic structures for light harvesting and concentration
  4. Hybrid structures with exciton and plasmon resonances
  5. Energy and change transfer in hybrid nanomaterials
  6. Photo-injection of plasmonic electrons from metal nanostructures for photo-detectors and catalysis
  7. Hybrid nanomaterials for photo-catalytic applications
  8. Metamaterials with bio-sensor properties
  9. Chiral plasmonic metamaterials
  10. Bio-conjugated chiral nanocrystals and nanostructures
  11. Theoretical models of optically-active hybrid nanostructures and metamaterials

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Pierre-Michel Adam, University of Technology of Troyes, France
  2. Renaud Bachelot, University of Technology of Troyes, France
  3. Kylie R. Catchpole, The Australian National University, Australia
  4. Yurii Gun'ko, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  5. Dongling Ma, INRS-Énergie, Canada
  6. Q-Han Park, Korea University, Korea
  7. Jerome Plain, University of Technology of Troyes, France
  8. Zhiming Wang, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China
  9. Gary Wiederrecht, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  10. Ulrike Woggon, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany


To submit your papers to a special session, please select the special session name as the conference Track /Category during the submission process.

Participants interested in organizing Special Sessions as part of META'14 are requested to submit a proposal according to the following guidelines.







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