Novel Optical Materials and Applications

29 July 2019 – 01 August 2019 Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, Burlingame, CA, California United States

NOMA is intended as a comprehensive conference that focuses on all types of optical materials and their application to optical technologies. The conference covers advances in design, synthesis, and structuring of optical materials from the ultraviolet to the terahertz spectral ranges, and their utility for applications. Topics will include the most recent advances in materials for nanoscale devices, imaging systems, lasers, optical waveguides and fibers, solar energy, and sensors, as well as other emerging applications. 


1. Optical Glasses, Crystals and Ceramics
2. Laser and LED Gain Media
3. Nonlinear Optical Materials
4. Organic and Polymeric Optical Materials
5. Metamaterials and Metasurfaces
6. Plasmonics
7. Biomimetic and Biocompatible Optical Materials
8. Nanomaterials
9. Two-dimensional materials
10. Phase-change materials
11. Advanced Optical Thin Films
12. Materials for Solar Energy Applications
13. Materials for Flexible Displays
14. Refractory optical materials for extreme environments



  • Alexandra Boltasseva, Purdue UniversityUnited States 
    Emerging Material Platforms, Design and Optimization Approaches for Nanophotonic Devices Tutorial
  • Rick Trebino, Georgia Institute of TechnologyUnited States 
    Measuring Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know about a Light Pulse Tutorial
  • Vladimir Aksyuk, National Inst of Standards & TechnologyUnited States 
    Plasmonic Nano-electro-mechanical Systems: From Local Motion Sensing to Powering Mechanical Oscillation
  • Andrea Armani, University of Southern CaliforniaUnited States 
    Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Integrated Photonics
  • Jiming Bao, University of HoustonUnited States 
    Origin of Luminescent Centers in Low-dimensional Lead Halide Perovskites: Controversies, Challenges and Instructive Approaches
  • Catherine Boussard-Pledel, Universite de Rennes IFrance 
    Chalcogenide Glasses and Fibers for Infrared Applications
  • Jakoah Brgoch, University of HoustonUnited States 
    The Pursuit of Novel Phosphors for the Next Generation of LED Lighting
  • Andrea Camposeo, Istituto Nanoscienze CNR Italy 
    Shaping of Photo-active Materials by 3D Printing
  • Artur Davoyan, University of California Los AngelesUnited States 
    Modular Photonics and Hot Electronics
  • Jennifer Dionne, Stanford UniversityUnited States 
    Beauty in Imperfection: How Subtle Structural Asymmetry Governs Emergent Classical and Quantum Photonic Phenomenon
  • Liang Feng, University of PennsylvaniaUnited States 
    Exceptional Photonics
  • Goëry Genty, Tampereen Teknillinen YliopistoFinland 
    Nonlinear Frequency Conversion in Multimode Soft Glass Fibers for High Power Supercontinuum Generation in the Near/Mid-IR
  • Alon Gorodetsky, University of California IrvineUnited States 
    Dynamic Materials Inspired by Cephalopods
  • Tony Heinz, Stanford University 
    Excitons in Atomically Thin 2D Materials and Heterostructures
  • Matjaz Humar, Jozef Stefan InstituteSlovenia 
    Soft Matter and Biological Lasers
  • Deep Jariwala, University of Pennsylvania 
    Two-Dimensional Semiconductors for Atomically-thin Opto-electronics
  • Hannah Joyce, University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom 
    Engineering III-V Nanowires for Optoelectronics: From Visible to Terahertz
  • Guglielmo Lanzani, Politecnico di MilanoItaly 
    Cell Photo-stimulation Mediated by Conjugated Polymer Substrates
  • Vladimir Liberman, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited States 
    Reconfigurable Infrared Flat Optics with Novel Phase Change Materials
  • Yu-Jung Lu, Academia SinicaTaiwan 
    Active Control of Plasmonic Enhanced Light Emission
  • Emir Salih Magden, Koc UniversitesiTurkey 
    Integrated Dichroic Filtering for Octave-spanning Silicon Photonics
  • Arka Majumdar, University of WashingtonUnited States 
    Ge2Sb2Te5 Integrated Silicon Photonics
  • Adam Moule, University of California DavisUnited States 
    Patterning Conjugated Polymers for Applications in Optics and Electronic Devices
  • Thomas Mueller, Universitat WienAustria 
    Second Harmonic Generation and Electroluminescence in 2D Semiconductors
  • J. David Musgraves, Irradiance IncUnited States 
    Designing Dispersion in Infrared-Transparent Glasses
  • Robert Norwood, University of ArizonaUnited States 
    Sulfur- and Selenium-based Polymers for Infrared Optics and Photonics
  • Anlian Pan, Hunan UniversityChina 
    Bandgap and Interface Engineering of Two-dimensional Layered Semiconductors
  • Shriram Ramanathan, Purdue UniversityUnited States 
    Phase Changing Correlated Oxides for Photonics
  • Robert Simpson, Singapore Univ. of Technology & DesignSingapore 
    Designing Chalcogenide Materials for Visible Photonics
  • Andrey Sukhorukov, Australian National UniversityAustralia 
    Manipulating and Imaging Quantum Light with Dielectric Metasurfaces
  • Polina Vabishchevich, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityUnited States 
    Enhanced Optical Nonlinearities in All-dielectric Metasurfaces
  • Luisa Whittaker-Brooks, University of UtahUnited States 
    Modulating the Optical and Electrical Properties of Two-dimensional Organic-inorganic Hybrid Perovskite Multiple Quantum Wells
  • Cathy Wong, University of OregonUnited States 
    In Situ Measurement of the Excited State Dynamics of Evolving Materials Systems
  • Wenzhuo Wu, Purdue UniversityUnited States 
    Piezo-phototronic Effect in Scalably-nanomanufactured 2-D Tellurene for Smart Optoelectronics



  • Ishwar Aggarwal, Univ of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States , Chair
  • Lynda Busse, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States , Chair
  • Mikhail Kats, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States , Program Chair
  • Woei Ming Lee, Australian National University, Australia , Program Chair
  • Jonathan Fan, Stanford University, United States
  • Stephen Foulger, Clemson University, United States
  • Shekhar Guha, US Air Force Research Laboratory, United States
  • Christian Haffner, ETH Zurich, United States
  • Roman Holovchak, Austin Peay State University, United States
  • Jonathan Hu, Baylor University, United States
  • Juejun Hu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
  • Garo Khanarian, Consultant, United States
  • Ho Wai Lee, Baylor University, United States
  • Efrat Lifshitz, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  • Yongmin Liu, Northeastern University, United States
  • Arka Majumdar, University of Washington, United States
  • Feng Miao, Nanjing University
  • Jason Myers, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States
  • Sedat Nizamoglu, Koc Universitesi, Turkey
  • Dario Pisignano, Universita del Salento, Italy
  • Barry Rand, Princeton University, United States
  • Brandon Shaw, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States
  • Seok-Hyun Yun, Harvard Medical School, United States
  • Kevin Zawilski, BAE Systems , United States
  • Chenglong Zhao, University of Dayton, United States


Plenary Session

Keren Bergman

Columbia University, USA

Empowering Flexible and Scalable High Performance Architectures with Embedded Photonics

The explosive growth in data analytics applications that rely on machine and deep learning techniques are seismically changing the landscape of high performance architectures. Driven by these applications, systems' performance is increasingly bottlenecked by the energy and communications costs of interconnecting the numerous heterogeneous compute and memory resources. Recent advances in integrated silicon photonics offer the opportunity of embedding optical connectivity that directly delivers high off-chip communication bandwidth densities with low power consumption. This talk will review these advances and introduce the concept of embedded photonics for addressing data-movement challenges in high-performance systems. Beyond alleviating the bandwidth/energy bottlenecks, embedded photonics can enable new disaggregated architectures that leverage the distance independence of optical transmission. We will discuss how the envisioned modular system interconnected by a unified photonic fabric can be flexibly composed to create custom architectures tailored for specific applications.

About the Speaker

Keren Bergman is the Charles Batchelor Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University where she also serves as the Scientific Director of the Columbia Nano Initiative. Professor Bergman received a BS from Bucknell University in 1988, and a MS in 1991 and a PhD in 1994 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology all in electrical engineering. At Columbia, Bergman leads the Lightwave Research Laboratory encompassing multiple cross-disciplinary programs at the intersection of computing and photonics. Bergman serves on the Leadership Council of the American Institute of Manufacturing (AIM) Photonics leading projects that support the institute's silicon photonics manufacturing capabilities and Datacom applications. She is the recipient of the 2016 IEEE Photonics Engineering Award and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and IEEE.

Sarah Kurtz

University of California Merced and NREL, USA

A New Era for Solar Electricity

The solar electricity industry has grown so big that it is now bumping up against limits of growth: In 2017, the net expansion of solar electricity generating capacity was greater than the combined net growth of fossil fuel and nuclear electricity generating capacity. As the industry works through a turning point, the technology continues to mature, with the optical design of solar cells becoming increasingly important.

About the Speaker

Sarah Kurtz obtained her doctorate in 1985 from Harvard University and has worked since then at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in Golden, Colorado. She is known for her contributions to developing multijunction, GaInP/GaAs solar cells, supporting the Concentrator Photovoltaic (PV) industry, and, more recently, her work with PV performance and reliability.  Her work has been recognized with a jointly received Dan David Prize in 2007 and the Cherry Award in 2012. She has now moved to the University of California Merced, where she is excited to be a small part of California's adoption of renewable energy.

Bryan Robinson

MIT Lincoln Lab, USA

Next-generation Space-based Laser Communications

Recent successful demonstrations have proven that free-space optical communications (FSOC) are possible and capable of exceeding the performance of traditional radio frequency space communications links. Rapid advancement of optical communications technology, driven by developments in the fiber telecommunications industry, will enable revolutionary future space communications systems. This plenary presentation will review the current state of the art for free-space optical communications and discuss efforts underway to provide new operational capabilities.

About the Speaker

Bryan Robinson is the associate leader of the Optical Communications Technology Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. For the past decade, Dr. Robinson has led efforts to develop and demonstrate free-space laser communications systems. He was the lead systems engineer for the Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration (2009-2014), where he helped architect the laser communication system, oversaw development of the space and ground terminals, and led the system operations for NASA's first successful demonstration of high-rate laser communications from space. Today he leads a variety of follow-on efforts to develop enabling laser communications capabilities for future near-Earth and deep-space missions, including NASA's human exploration efforts on the International Space Station and the upcoming Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle.


Special Events

Congress Reception - A Culinary Tour of San Francisco

Monday, 29 July 2019, 18:30 – 20:00
Grand Peninsula D

Join us for a Culinary Tour of San Francisco at the Congress Reception. Tickets for this event are included in the registration fee for Technical Attendees. Additional guest tickets can be purchased for US$ 75.

Student & Early Career Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, 30 July, 12:30 - 14:00
Bayside Room

This program will provide a unique opportunity for students and early career professionals, who are close to finishing or who have recently finished their doctorate degree, to interact with experienced researchers. Key industry and academic leaders in the community will be matched for each student based on the student's preference or similarity of research interests. Students interested in all career paths – from those seeking an academic position, to those wishing to start a technology business, to those interested in government/public service, to those looking to translate their benchwork skills to product development – are encouraged to apply.  Students will have an opportunity to discuss their ongoing research and career plans with their mentor, while mentors will share their professional journey and provide useful tips to those who attend. Lunch will be provided.

This workshop is complimentary for OSA Members and space is limited. Not all who apply will be able to attend due to space limitations and priority will be given to those who have most recently or are close to graduation.

Hosted by OSA Foundation 

Workshop: Hands-on Introduction to Data Analytics and Machine Learning in Optical Networks

Wednesday, 31 July, 12:30 – 14:00 (time subject to change)
Bayside Room

Organizers: Carlos Natalino Silva and Marija Furdek, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Please note, participants must supply their own laptop and install the development tools utilized during the tutorial prior to attending this workshop. If you have any questions or issues while installing the platform necessary to follow this hands-on tutorial, please email directly.

In this workshop/tutorial, the audience will be guided through the first steps necessary for applying data analytics and machine learning to optical networks. We will begin with a brief introduction to the fundamentals of data analytics and machine learning. We will then focus on representative optical networking use cases suitable for the application of machine learning. Using the available development tools (e.g., Jupyter Lab), the attendees will be encouraged to explore a previously defined dataset using their laptops. The workshop will enable the participants to perform data importing and selection (e.g., removing samples with missing features), as well as visualizing the dataset characteristics. Normalization techniques will be discussed and applied to the dataset. Then, the attendees will explore the correlation between the different features of the dataset. An unsupervised learning algorithm will be applied to the dataset, followed by a supervised learning algorithm that will build upon the information learned from the unsupervised approach. The tutorial will be concluded with an interactive discussion on the remaining challenges and ideas for extensions.

Congress Banquet (Separate Fee Required)

Wednesday, 31 July, 18:30 – 20:30 (time subject to change)
Domenico Winery, San Carlos, CA

Enjoy the evening with your fellow colleagues amid the aromas of wine aging in French oak barrels at the Congress Banquet. This boutique winery specializes in “Cal-Italia” varietals such as Primitivo, Barbera, and Sangiovese. Come enjoy a glass of wine and a delicious meal with your colleagues! Tickets can be purchased for US $85.

Guided  Google Campus Tour(Separate Fee Required)

Friday, 2 August, 10:00 - 12:00
Google Campus, Mountain View

Thanks to Shuang Yin and Jusue Kuri of Google and members of the NETWORKS Program Committee, 40 attendees will have the opportunity to visit Google Headquarters on Friday, 2 August from 10:00 – 12:00. The visit will include a Google Visitor Center tour, Google Campus tour, and a Google Onsite Merchant Store visit. The expected duration of the tour is approximately 2 hours. Buses will depart the hotel at 09:20, 40 minutes prior to the start of the tour.

Seats are filling up fast for this special event. The cost to attend is $20. If you would like to purchase a ticket please log into your registration and add it as an optional item. You will be asked to enter your confirmation number.

Deadline for registration is Wednesday, 31 July. Should you have any questions or concerns, please email

For all the Google Tour photos, please visit here.


Special Sessions

Symposium: A Light in Digital Darkness: Optical Wireless Communications to Connect the Unconnected

Tuesday, 30 July 2019, 19:00 - 21:00
Grand Peninsula EF

The role of Internet and Communication Technology (ICT) in bringing about a revolution in almost all aspects of human life needs no introduction. It is indeed a well-known fact that the transmission of information at a rapid pace has transformed all spheres of human life such as education, health, and economy to name a few. Despite this tremendous advantages that come with ICT, it is a fact that almost 4 billion people in the world are still “unconnected or under-connected” or suffer from the “digital/connectivity divide,” a term coined in order to emphasize the lack of communications infrastructure in many parts of the world. In this symposium, top experts will offer ways to provide high speed connectivity in rural areas along with efficient and cost-effective backhauling methods for rural traffic. In particular, Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC)-based solutions for both: (i) integrated satellite-airborne-ground networks providing global coverage and connectivity and (ii) terrestrial mesh/multi-hop directive networks connecting far-flung regions of the state will be discussed and debated.

Moderator: Hany El-Gala, University at Albany – State University of New York (SUNY), USA


Title: Smart Villages: When Affordablity Meets Connectivity
Mohamed-Slim Alouini (Fellow IEEE), KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Title:  Loon's SDN and its Applicability in Stratospheric and Satellite Network Operations
Brian Barritt, Loon, USA

Title:  Free-space Optical Communications (FSOC) for Connectivity in the Emerging World
Baris I. Erkmen, X, USA

Title:  Connectivity for the Unconnected Population
Hamid Hemmati, Facebook Inc., USA

Title: THz and Photonic Seamless Networks for Easy-deployable High-speed Access
Tetsuya Kawanishi, Waseda University, Japan

Title: Issues Relevant to Implementing All-optical Technologies for Free-space Optical Wireless Communications Global Internet Connectivity in Remote Places
Arun K. Majumdar, Colorado State University-Pueblo, USA

Title: Development of Hybrid High-throughput Satellite (HTS) Communications System with Optical Feeder Links for the Next Generation Satellite Communications
Morio Toyoshima, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan

Quantum Technologies Symposium

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 08:00 - 16:00
Grand Peninsula EF

Quantum technology is maturing, with fields like quantum computing and quantum key distribution approaching commercialization. First quantum computers are being made available to the general public and quantum key distribution systems are being deployed. Quantum computers promise a significant increase in the speed at which complex mathematical problems can be solved. As a result, numerous classical encryption algorithms used in telecommunication are in danger of being easily broken. Next to “post-quantum cryptography”, quantum key distribution (QKD) has been proposed as a solution to ensure secure communication in the era of quantum computing. Most systems shown so far are laboratory prototypes to prove the general concept and to build first QKD links, whose stringent requirements for a successful deployment in commercial networks are yet to be addressed. Transforming QKD into a widely deployable technology entails major challenges that require close interaction between the quantum and the telecommunications community. The long history and deep knowledge of classical communication principles from the latter group can support the commercialization of the theoretical findings of the former, leading to more elegant and simpler solutions for future quantum systems.

This symposium will provide an introduction to quantum technologies and a platform to improve collaboration and understanding between the classical communication community and the quantum community. Quantum researchers, classical communication researchers and telecome operators will provide  a broad range of insights.

Chairs & Speakers


Marija Furdek, Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan Kista, Sweden
David Hillerkuss, Huawei Technologies, Germany

Keynote Speaker:

Alexander Ling, Centre for Quantum Technologies, Singapore (Keynote)
Quantum Key Distribution and Miniaturization of Quantum Systems

Part One:

Qiang Zhang, Univ of Science and Technology of China, China (Tutorial)
Quantum Key Distribution

Part Two:

Jelena Vuckovic, Stanford University, USA
Quantum Photonics

Daniel J. Blumenthal, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
Ultra-low Loss Waveguide Platforms for Integration of Quantum Circuits

Imran Khan, InfiniQuant, Germany
Commercialization of QKD

John Gariano and Ivan B. Djordjevic, University of Arizona, USA
SKR Improvement for an Entanglement Assisted BB84 FSO System Using Adaptive Optics

Leif Katsuo Oxenløwe, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
High-dimensional Quantum Communication in Optical Fibres Using Spatial States​

Part Three:

Andrew Lord, British Telecom, IK
QKD and its Application in Future Telecoms Networks

Tobias Eriksson, National Inst of Information & Comm Tech, Japan 
Challenges in Parallel Operation of Quantum Key Distribution and Data Transmission

Akihisa Tomita, Hokkaido University, Japan
A Long-term Secure Data Transmission and Storage Network Based on Quantum Key Distribution

Reza Nejabati, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Pushing Boundaries of Quantum Secured Networking: Towards a Fully Dynamic Quantum Secured Optical Network

Vicente Martin, Politechnical University of Madrid, Spain
The Madrid Quantum Network: A Quantum-classical Integrated Infrastructure


Best Student Paper Prize

Congratulations to the 2019 Advanced Photonics Best Student Paper Prize Recipients

Integrated Photonics Research, Silicon and Nanophotonics

1st: Qianhuan Yu, High-Responsivity Photodiodes Heterogeneously Integrated on Silicon Nitride Waveguides
2nd: Victoria Rosborough, Monolithic Integration of Widely-Tunable DBR and DFB Lasers with One-Step Grating Formation
3rd: Abu Naim Rakib Ahmed, Electro-Optically Tunable Modified Racetrack Resonator in Hybrid Si3N4-LiNbO3

Novel Optical Materials and Applications

1st: Alireza Shahsafi, Decoupling of temperature and thermal radiation
2nd: Evan Wang, Realization of Topology-Optimized Multilayer Metasurfaces
3rd: Kyun Kyu Kim, Transparent Wearable 3D touch: Self-generated Multiscale Structure Engineered by Laser-induced Thermal Gradient

Optical Devices and Materials for Solar Energy and Solid-state Lighting

Shared 1st:
Raphael Schmager, Nanophotonic perovskite thin-film solar cells by thermal nano-imprint lithography
Woochan Lee, Down-conversion based near-infrared organic light-emitting diodes with high efficiency and low roll-off
Eryn Fenning, Planar Light Guide Concentrators for Building Integrated Photovoltaics

Signal Processing in Photonic Communications

1st: Erik Borjeson, Towards FPGA Emulation of Fiber-Optic Channels for Deep-BER Evaluation of DSP Implementations
2nd: Saikrishna Reddy Konatham, GHz-speed Tracking of the Frequency Spectrum of Complex Continuous Waveforms through Photonic Analog Processing
3rd: Arnaud Dumenil, Low-Complexity PDL-Resilient Signaling Design