OSA Incubator on the Fundamental Limits of Optical Energy Conversion
12-14 November 2014
Svetlana V. Boriskina, Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
Jurgen Michel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Alexander Kildishev, Purdue University;
Vivian Ferry, University of Minnesota; Jonathan Tong, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
This Incubator brought together experts from various fields including classical and quantum photonics, plasmonics, metamaterials, colloidal chemistry, nano-mechanics as well as material, chemical, and thermal engineering to explore the fundamental limits of optical energy conversion. The Incubator focused on recent advances in the field of renewable energy and sustainability that are directly or indirectly enabled by progress in optical science and engineering research.
Utilizing a combination of invited presentations and facilitated group discussions attendees explored thermodynamic limits of optical energy conversion platforms and searched for new platforms that overcome those limits. Featured topics included:
- Heat is the new light: expansion of optical system and material design to cover visible and infrared bands with the aims to harvest waste heat and light, to reduce the thermal emission losses of solar harvesting platforms, and to achieve non-contact cooling of optical and electronic circuitry.
- Photons, meet electrons and phonons: enhancement of the efficiency of the energy harvesting and conversion devices via synergistic optical, electronic and thermal design as well as cross-fertilization of the approaches to bandstructure and energy transport engineering in optical, electronic, and thermal systems.
- Think small: development of nanoscale devices and nanostructured materials that make use of size quantization effects to manipulate photon and electron density of states and to increase light trapping and energy conversion efficiencies.
- Mix and match: exploration of hybrid optics-enabled approaches to energy harvesting and conversion such as solar thermophotovoltaics, solar thermoelectrics, PV + solar-thermal, incorporation thermal storage units into solar energy conversion platforms.
- Bend the curve: assessment of the potential of new light harvesting and conversion technologies to bend the cost and/or efficiency curves and break through the trajectory of the traditional technologies.
Gang Chen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Shanhui Fan, Stanford University, USA
Eli Yablonovitch, University of California, Berkeley, USA
|Ashwin Atre, Stanford University, USA
Koray Aydin, Northwestern University, USA
Matthew Beard, NREL, USA
Peter Bermel, Purdue University, USA
David Bierman, MIT, USA
Howard Branz, ARPA-E, USA
Steve Byrnes, Harvard University, USA
Wallace Choy, The University of Hong Kong, China
Martin Cryan, Bristol University, U.K.
Keivan Esfarjani, Rutgers University, USA
Benjamin Franta, Harvard University, USA
Sasha Govorov, University of Ohio, USA
Urcan Guler, Purdue University, USA
Matthew Klug, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Michael Haney, ARPA-E, USA
Krzysztof Kempa, Boston College, USA
Minh Le, DOE SunShot, USA
Minjoo Larry Lee, Yale University, USA
Antti Makinen, Navy Research Laboratory, USA
Miguel A. Modestino, EPFL, SwitzerlandJeremy Munday, University of Maryland, USA
Michelle Povinelli, University of Southern California, USA
Avi Niv, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Ralph Nuzzo, University of Illinois, USA
Mordechai Rothschild, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, USA
Carmel Rotschild, Technion, Israel
Vladimir Shalaev, Purdue University, USA
David Shrekenhamer, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Marin Soljacic, MIT, USA
Volker Sorger, George Washington University, USA
Myles Steiner, NREL, USA
Maria Strojnik, Centro de Investigaciones en Optica AC, Mexico
Mohammad Tahersima, George Washington University, USA
Lenny Tinker, DOE SunShot, USA
Susanna Thon, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Jao VandeLagemaat, NREL, USA
David Woolf, Physical Sciences, Inc., USA
Zongfu Yu, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Alvin G. Yew, NASA, USA