Novel Optical Materials and Applications (NOMA)

27 June 2015 – 01 July 2015 OSA Virtual Event

Optical materials are discussed as a subtopic in many of the current OSA conferences. At present, there is really no “one comprehensive” conference which focuses on all types of optical materials, even though optical materials are the key to advances in optical applications. This will be a comprehensive conference on advances in optical materials spanning the transmission spectrum from ultraviolet to terahertz and their utility for a variety of applications, including the most recent advances in optical materials for imaging systems, lasers, optical waveguides, optical fibers, and sensors as well as any new, cutting edge applications.  When co-located with other topical conferences involving materials, there can be joint symposia involving those topics.

  • Novel Optical Glasses, Crystals and Ceramics for Optical Components
  • Laser Gain and Nonlinear Optical Materials
  • Organic and Polymeric Optical Materials
  • Structured and Composite Optical Materials
  • Advanced Optical Coatings
  • Novel Materials for Solar Energy Applications
  • Metamaterials
  • Plasmonics

Benjamin Anderson, Washington State UniversityUnited StatesReversible Photodegradation of Organic-Dye-based Random Lasers, Invited

Svetlana Boriskina, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited StatesHybrid Optoplasmonic Structures and Materials: From New Physics to New Functionalities, Invited

Nathan Carlie, SCHOTT North America Advanced OpticsUnited StatesTailoring of Optical Glasses for Multi-spectral Applications using Instantaneous Dispersion, Invited

Jesse Frantz, US Naval Research LaboratoryUnited StatesRecent Progress in Sputtered Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Absorbers for Photovoltaics, Invited

Mikhail Kats, University of Wisconsin-MadisonUnited StatesTunable Thin Film Optics and Metamaterials Based on Vanadium Dioxide, Invited

Ho Wai Lee, California Institute of TechnologyUnited StatesGate-tunable Transparent Conducting Oxide Plasmonics, Invited

Pao Lin, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited StatesOptical Materials and Devices for A Mid-IR Sensing Platform, Invited

Yongmin Liu, Northeastern UniversityUnited StatesPlasmonic Metasurfaces to Steer Near-Field and Far-Field Optical Waves, Invited

Zhaowei Liu, University of California, San DiegoUnited StatesInvestigations of the Optical Properties of Nanoscale Gold Films, Invited

James Oliver, University of RochesterUnited StatesDevelopment of a Glancing-Angle Deposited Distributed-Polarization Rotator, Invited

Wolfgang Rudolph, University of New MexicoUnited StatesNew Developments In Optical Coating Characterization And Utilization Under High Power Laser Irradiation, Invited

Peter Schunemann, BAE Systems IncUnited StatesHigh Gain Nonlinear Optical Materials for the Mid-Infrared, Invited

Marin Soljacic, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited StatesNanophotonics in Material-systems of Large Sizes, Invited

Volker Sorger, George Washington UniversityUnited StatesStrong Light-Matter-Interactions in Nanoscale and 2D Material Systems, Invited

Zongfu Yu, University of Wisconsin Madison United StatesEngineering Absorption Cross Section for Extraordinary Light Concentration, Invited

Seok-Hyun Yun, Harvard Medical SchoolUnited StatesOptical Polymer Waveguides for Biomedical Applications, Invited

Aleksander Rebane, Montana State UniversityUnited StatesMulti-photon Quantitative Sensing of Electrostatic Molecular Interactions


Ishwar Aggarwal, Univ of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States
Lynda Busse, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States


Novel Optical Glasses, Crystals and Ceramics for Optical Components

John Ballato, Clemson University, United States
Jeujin Hu, MIT, United States
J. David Musgraves, Irradiance Inc, United States
Keith Rozenburg, SCHOTT AG, Germany

Laser Gain and Nonlinear Optical Materials

Peter Schunemann, BAE Systems Inc, United States
Brandon Shaw, NRL, United States

Organic and Polymeric Optical Materials

Guy Beadie, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States
Philip Brown, Clemson University, United States
Stephen Foulger, Clemson University, United States
Woei Ming Lee, Australian National University, Australia
Dario Pisignano, Universita del Salento, Italy

Advanced Optical Coatings

Carmen Menoni, Colorado State University, United States


Michael Fiddy, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States
Mikhail Kats, Harvard University, United States
Vladimir Shalaev, Purdue University/Birck Nanotechnology, United States


Alexandra Boltasseva, Purdue University, United States
Stephanie Law, University of Delaware, United States
Chenglong Zhao, National Institute of Standards and Technology, United States

Novel Materials for Solar Energy Applications

Jason Myers, US Naval Research LaboratoryUnited States
Svetlana Boriskina, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited States

Welcome Reception

Sunday, 28 June, 18:00 – 19:30
Join your fellow attendees for the Congress Reception. Enjoy delectable fare while networking. The reception is open to committee/presenting author/student and full conference attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest.

IPR Symposium: Integrated Quantum Photonics I and II

Sunday, 28 June, 13:30–15:30 and 16:00–18:00
Integrated Photonics Research, Silicon and Nano Photonics (IPR) will feature a special symposium on integrated quantum photonics, including generation, detection, transport and utilization of photons on the quantum levels.

Space-Division Multiplexing Workshop

Sunday, 28 June, 8:30–18:00
Join the Photonic Networks and Devices (Networks) topical meeting for a workshop discussing the latest developments and the future of space-division multiplexing. Workshop ses­sions will include:

  • High-Capacity Space-Division Multiplexing Transmission
  • Novel Applications using Multimode Photonics
  • Amplifiers and Spatial-Channel Equalization
  • Spatial Mode Control and Sensing

Welcome Remarks and Joint Plenary Session

Monday, 29 June, 08:15 – 10:00
Roel Baets, Universiteit Gent, Belgium
Kazuro Kikuchi, University of Tokyo, Japan

Joint Poster Session

Monday, 29 June, 13:30 – 15:30
Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-to-one with interested parties. Each author is provided with a board on which to display the summary and results of his or her paper.

International Year of Light Networking Social: A Discussion for Luminaries, Students and Young Professionals

Monday, 29 June, 18:00 – 19:00
This International Year of Light sponsored event gives young professionals and students the opportunity to hear from a panel of luminaries who will share their career experiences and offer professional development advice in the optics and photonics field. Enjoy light refreshments while networking.

Networking Reception with Benjamin Anderson and the Optical Material Studies Technical Group

Tuesday, 30 June, 16:00–18:00
Join Benjamin Anderson of Washington State University, an invited speaker at the Novel Optical Materials and Applications Topical Meeting, and members of the OSA Optical Material Studies Technical Group for a chance to connect with your fellow attendees, exchange ideas, and network. Refreshments will be served during the reception.

Postdeadline Paper Session

Tuesday, 30 June, 18:00–18:30

Roel Baets

Universiteit Gent, Belgium

Brillouin and Raman Scattering in Silicon and Siliconnitride Photonic Integrated Circuits

Roel Baets is full professor at Ghent University (UGent). He is also associated with IMEC. He has management responsibilities within the Photonics Research Group of UGent, the Center for Nano- and Biophotonics (NB Photonics) of UGent, the international Erasmus Mundus MSc program in Photonics and the joint UGent-IMEC research program on silicon photonics.

Kazuro Kikuchi

University of Tokyo, Japan

Past, Present and Future of Coherent Optical Communication

Kazuro Kikuchi was born in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, on March 6, 1952. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1974, 1976, and 1979, respectively. In 1979, he joined the Department of Electronic Engineering at the University of Tokyo. In 1997, he moved to the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), and since April 2007, he has been a professor at the Department of Frontier Informatics.

OSA - The Optical Society