Novel Optical Materials and Applications

18 July 2016 – 20 July 2016 The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

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 design, fabrication and applications of 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 and fibers, solar energy, and sensors as well as any other cutting edge applications. 

  • Novel Optical Glasses, Crystals and Ceramics
  • Laser Gain and Nonlinear Optical Materials
  • Organic and Polymeric Optical Materials
  • Advanced Optical Thin Films
  • Novel Materials for Solar Energy Applications
  •  Metamaterials and Metasurfaces
  • Plasmonics
  • Biomimetic and Biocompatible Optical Materials
  • Flexible Display Materials
W. Algar, University of British ColumbiaCoupling Quantum Dots and Fluorescent Dyes Through Biopolymers and Energy Transfer: Concentric FRET and Its Applications, Invited

Craig Arnold, Princeton UniversityUnited StatesNanoparticle Enhanced Chalcogenide Glass, Invited

Debashis Chanda, University of Central FloridaUnited StatesImprinted Skin-Like Flexible Reflective Color Displays, Invited

Wallace Choy, University of Hong KongHong KongSimultaneously Realizing Plasmon-Optical and Plasmon-Electrical Effects for High Efficiency Solar Cells, Invited

Ertugrul Cubukcu, University of California at San DiegoTitle to be Announced, Invited

Andrei Faraon, CaltechUnited StatesTitle to be Announced, Invited

Reuven Gordon, University of VictoriaCanadaNonlinear Plasmonics: THz Resonances, Quantum Limits, Interband Enhancement and Aperture Metasurfaces , Invited

Shekhar Guha, US Air Force Research LaboratoryUnited StatesMaterials for High Power CW Mid-Infrared Generation, Invited

Zachary Hudson, University of British ColumbiaCanadaNanosegregation of Luminescence in Hierarchically-Assembled Soft Materials, Invited

Mikhail Kats, University of Wisconsin-MadisonUnited StatesReconfigurable Photonics with Phase-transition Materials, Invited

Mathias Kolle, MITTitle to be Announced, Invited

Ho Wai Lee, Baylor UniversityUnited StatesElectronically Tunable Conducting Oxide Metasurfaces , Invited

Ruiqing Ma, Universal Display Corp.United StatesMaterial Challenges in Flexible OLED Displays, Invited

Ludvik Martinu, Polytechnique MontrealCanadaChallenges and Advances in Passive and Active-Smart Optical Coatings for Energy Saving and Security Applications , Invited

Hooman Mohseni, Northwestern UniversityUnited StatesThe Ultimate Sensitivity of Photon Detectors, and the Impact of Plasmonics and Optical Antenna, Invited

Claude Montcalm, Iridian Spectral Technologies, LtdCanadaEvolution of the of Optical Interference Coatings Manufacturing to Address the Needs of High End-applications or High Volume Consumer Products, Invited

Barry Rand, Princeton UniversityUnited StatesUnlocking Efficient Perovskite-based Light Emitting Devices, Invited

Kevin Robbie, Queen's University at KingstonCanadaNano-engineered Light Scattering in Fractal Thin Films, Invited

Bruce Wessels, Northwestern UniversityUnited StatesEpitaxial BaTiO3 Thin Films for 50 GHz Electro-optic Modulators, Invited

Nikolai Zhitenev, National Inst of Standards & TechnologyUnited StatesNanoscale Characterization of Photovoltaic Devices , Invited
Ishwar AggarwalUniv of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States
Lynda BusseUS Naval Research Laboratory, United States
Optical Material Studies Technical Group Special Talk
Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 12:30 – 13:30
Garibaldi Room
Join the OSA Optical Material Studies Technical Group for a special talk focused on transparent conductors using silver nanowires and their application to OLED and OPV on flexible substrates. Dr. Craig Arnold of Princeton University will present his talk ‘Silver Nanowire Network Transparent Electrodes for Organic and Hybrid-Organic Devices’ as part of this technical group event. Includes lunch; RSVP required.

Contact to register, pending availability.

Ming Wu
University of California, Berkeley, USA

Biography: Dr. Ming Wu is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, and Co-Director of Berkeley Sensors and Actuators Center (BSAC). His research interests include optical MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems), optoelectronics, and biophotonics.

Professor Wu received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985 and 1988, respectively. From 1988 to 1992, he was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. From 1992 to 2004, he was a professor in the electrical engineering department at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he also served as Vice Chair for Industrial Affiliate Program and Director of Nanoelectronics Research Facility. In 2004, he moved to the University of California, Berkeley.

He has published six book chapters, over 140 journal papers and 290 conference papers. He is the holder of 15 U.S. patents. Prof. Wu is a Fellow of IEEE, and a member of Optical Society of America. He was a Packard Foundation Fellow from 1992 to 1997. He is the founding Co-Chair of IEEE/LEOS Summer Topical Meeting on Optical MEMS (1996), the predecessor of IEEE/LEOS International Conference on Optical MEMS. He has served in the program committees of many technical conferences, including MEMS, OFC, CLEO, LEOS, MWP, IEDM, DRC, ISSCC; and as Guest Editor of two special issues of IEEE journals on Optical MEMS.

Toward Hz-level Optical Frequency Synthesis Across the C-band
Larry Coldren
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Abstract: By using a stable comb as an input reference to an integrated heterodyne optical-phase-locked-loop consisting of a coherent receiver, feedback electronics, and an RF synthesizer, precise optical frequencies across many comb lines can be generated.

Biography: Larry A. Coldren is the Fred Kavli Professor of Optoelectronics and Sensors at the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.  He received his Ph.D. in EE from Stanford Univ. and spent 13 years in research at Bell Labs before joining UCSB in 1984, where he holds appointments in the ECE and Materials Departments. He acted as Dean of Engineering at UCSB from 2009-2011.  In 1991 he co-founded Optical Concepts, acquired as Gore Photonics, to develop novel Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) modules; and later in 1998, Agility Communications, acquired by JDS-Uniphase (now Lumentum), to develop widely-tunable integrated optical transmitters.

He has authored or co-authored over a thousand journal and conference papers, including numerous plenary, tutorial and invited presentations.  He has co-authored 8 book chapters and two textbooks.  He has been issued 65 patents and is a recipient of several awards, including the John Tyndall, Aron Kressel, David Sarnoff and IPRM Awards.  He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, and a Fellow of the OSA and IEE as well as a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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