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Technical Focus Sessions LiM-CLEO®/Europe 2017
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CLEO®/Europe 2017 Topics

CA - Solid-state Lasers
Chair: Valdas Pasiskevicius, KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Advances in solid-state lasers: novel solid-state lasers and amplifiers; high-power and high-energy lasers; power-scalable laser architectures, solid-state micro-chip, waveguide lasers; random and nano-lasers; pulse generation; short wavelength lasers; mid-infrared lasers; tunable lasers; intracavity wavelength conversion; upconversion lasers; thermal effects and their mitigation, beam quality characterisation; linewidth reduction and wavelength tuning techniques; amplitude and frequency stability; novel pump sources and pumping configurations; laser resonator design; spectroscopic characterisation of solid-state gain media; advanced laser crystals and glasses; laser characterisation and modelling, novel solid-state lasers for system applications.

CB - Semiconductor Lasers
Chair: Maria Ana Cataluna, University of Dundee, Nethergate, Dundee, United Kingdom

New technology, devices and applications; UV lasers, visible lasers, near-infrared lasers; mid to far-infrared semiconductor lasers including quantum cascade and inter-subband lasers; quantum well, wire, dot and dash lasers; high power and high brightness lasers; vertical (extended) cavity surface emitting lasers; optically-pumped semiconductor lasers; photonic crystal semiconductor lasers, micro-cavity lasers, nanolasers, plasmonic lasers, polariton lasers; semiconductor ring lasers; short-pulse generation, mode locking; semiconductor optical amplifiers; novel characterization techniques; functional applications, including but not limited to: switching, clock recovery, signal processing; semiconductor lasers in integrated photonic circuits; laser dynamics, synchronization, chaos.

CC - Terahertz Sources and Applications
Chair: Thomas Dekorsy, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR), Stuttgart, Germany

Sources for generating terahertz (far-infrared) radiation in the range from 200 GHz to 100 THz, based on various physical principles including ultrafast time-domain systems, direct generation using terahertz lasers, and sources based on nonlinear optical mixing and laser-created plasmas; applications using terahertz radiation for spectroscopy, nonlinear THz phenomena, sensing, and imaging; advances in terahertz communications; new terahertz measurement techniques and instrumentation, including advances in imaging, detector technologies, terahertz devices, terahertz imaging and environmental monitoring.

CD - Applications of Nonlinear Optics

Chair: Concita Sibilia, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Roma, Italy

Novel applications of nonlinear optical phenomena and new devices; nonlinear frequency conversion for the UV, visible and IR; telecommunications applications and all-optical switching; all-optical delay lines and slow light; optical parametric devices such as optical parametric amplifiers and oscillators; nonlinear optics in waveguides and fibres, including photonic crystal structures and microstructured optical fibres; quasi-phasematched materials and devices; novel nonlinear materials; metamaterials and nanostructures; stimulated scattering processes and devices; applications of optical solitons and photorefractives; electro-optic and Kerr devices in crystals and semiconductors; Raman based devices including amplifiers and lasers; nonlinear probing of surfaces; multi-photon imaging and coherent Raman microscopy; quantum oriented applications.

CE - Optical Materials, Fabrication and Characterisation

Chair: Pier Sazio, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom

Fabrication of optical materials; new crystalline and glass laser materials in bulk, fiber and waveguide geometry; micro- and nano-fabrication and -engineering techniques; heterogeneous integration techniques; optical characterisation of laser and nonlinear materials, micro-structured fibre and photonic crystal waveguides, micro- and nano-crystalline materials, single defect centres, quantum wells, quantum wires and quantum dots, nano-tubes and nano-needles, innovative organic materials.

CF - Ultrafast Optical Technologies
Chair: Hans-Jakob Woerner, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Femtosecond and picosecond pulse generation from solid state, fiber and waveguide sources; mode-locked lasers; few-cycle optical pulses; pulse compression, carrier-envelope phase stabilization and pulse characterization; light waveform synthesis metrology; ultrashort-pulse semiconductor lasers and devices; ultrafast parametric amplifiers and parametric chirped pulse amplifiers; ultrashort-pulse mid-IR generation; supercontinuum generation; dispersion management; ultrafast electro-optics; pulse-shaping; carrier-envelope effects; ultrafast characterization methods and measurement techniques, ultrafast optoelectronic systems and devices; applications of ultrafast technology, applications of femtosecond pulse filamentation; technological aspects of ultrafast spectroscopy; coherent control using femtosecond pulses; ultrafast microscopic techniques; electro-optic sampling; ultrashort XUV and  x-ray pulse generation and attosecond phenomena.

CG - High-Field Laser and Attosecond Science
Chair: Lukas Gallmann, University of Bern, Bern and ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Strong field ionization and attosecond XUV/x-ray pulse generation; novel technologies for high-field physics and attosecond science; generation of high-brightness attosecond pulses; probing of nonlinear and ultrafast dynamics by intense free-electron laser pulses; control of high-field and attosecond phenomena; laser-driven rescattering and recollision phenomena; time-resolved XUV/soft x-ray spectroscopy, interferometry and microscopy; attosecond and femtosecond electron diffraction imaging; time-resolved molecular imaging; strongly coupled electron-nuclear dynamics; dynamics in fixed-in-space molecules; attosecond or strong-field driven electron dynamics in bulk media, nanostructures, quantum-confined structures or at surfaces/interfaces; femtosecond-laser-produced plasmas and particle acceleration; relativistic nonlinear optical phenomena and related laser technologies.

CH - Optical Sensing and Metrology

Marian Marciniak, National Institute of Telecommunications, Warsaw, Poland

Inspection of a wide range of objects, from the macroscopic to the nanometric scale; recent progress in all aspects of optical sensing and metrology, particularly in new photonic sensor technologies and applications ; plasmonic sensors; metamaterial sensors; biosensors; terahertz sensors; new trends in optical remote sensing; fibre sensors using conventional and photonic crystal fibres; active multispectral and hyperspectral imaging; sensor multiplexing; novel spectroscopic techniques, nanospectroscopy; applications and systems; optical precision metrology; novel measurement methods and devices based on interferometry; holography; diffractometry or scatterometry; critical dimension metrology; virtual metrology; multiscale surface metrology; UV and DUV microscopy; resolution enhancement technologies in microscopy; inverse problems; adaptive optics; phase retrieval.

CI - Optical Technologies for Communications and Data Storage
Chair: Erwan Pincemin, Orange Labs Networks, Lannion, France

Fibre devices including dispersion compensating and nonlinear fibre, fibre propagation and polarization effects, fibre gratings; Semiconductor devices for generation, processing and detection of optical signals including laser sources, detectors and modulators, performance monitoring devices, switches, optical components for enabling WDM and OTDM systems including filtering and switching; Digital signal processing and coding techniques, forward error correction, coded-modulation, nonlinear Fourier transform, faster-than-Nyquist; Transmission techniques for submarine, core and metropolitan transport networks, communication and access networks;  Optical sub-systems including clock recovery techniques, packet/burst switching subsystems, advanced modulation formats, subcarrier-multiplexing, receivers for coherent detection, radio-over-fiber and microwave photonic technologies, optical regeneration, optics in storage area networks, optical delays and buffering, holographic and 3D optical data storage, near-field recording and super-resolution.

CJ - Fibre and Guided Wave Lasers and Amplifiers

Chair: Ammar Hideur, Université de Rouen, UMR 6614 CORIA, Saint-Etienne du Rouvray, France

Waveguide and fibre laser oscillator and amplifiers including novel waveguide and fibre geometries; power scaling of waveguide and fibre lasers - including beam combination techniques (for both pump and signal beams) and new waveguide coupling approaches; up-conversion lasers; nonlinear frequency conversion and pulse generation and compression; advances in fibre waveguide materials; fabrication techniques for doped waveguide and fibre devices; active microstructured fibre and waveguide laser devices; novel waveguide and fibre sources for industrial applications.

CK - Micro- and Nano-Photonics

Chair: Tapio Niemi, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland

Nanostructured materials and fabrication techniques for photonic applications; novel phenomena occurring when light is created, transported and detected in environments where either dimensionality or size are reduced and, in particular, when light-matter interaction occurs in regions smaller than or similar to the wavelength of light (nanophotonics). Periodic or quasi-periodic nanostructures (photonic crystals); issues related to order/disorder in nanostructured materials; photonic integrated circuits and applications advancing the integration of photonic devices for biology, lighting, communication, sensing and energy efficiency; optical MEMS; hybrid and 2D nanomaterials including in-/organic nano-layers/wires, nanocrystals and single molecules.

CL - Photonic Applications in Biology and Medicine

Chair: Thomas Huser, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

Emerging concepts in biophotonics: single particle/molecule detection and tracking; spatio-temporal manipulation of light fields for biomedicine; enhanced linear and nonlinear excitation and detection; micro-fluidics, optofluidics and micro-optics; new optical probes for local measurements including organic and inorganic nanoparticles, electric fields and temperature measurements; New routes and modalities for optical detection in biophotonics : spectroscopy; holography, adaptive optics, phase conjugation time reversal; optics in biological media: scattering; coherence; polarization; symmetry and invariance. Advanced light sources and geometries for microscopy, phototherapy, surgery, biomedicine.

CM - Materials Processing with Lasers
Chair: Roberto Osellame, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie - CNR, Milano, Italy

Fundamentals of laser-materials interactions: phase transformation, chemical reactions, diffusion processes, ablation; high-power laser-materials processing: welding, cutting, surface treatment; laser ablation; thin-film growth: PLD, LCVD; direct write techniques: MAPLE, LIFT, near-field techniques; 2D and 3D micro/nano structuring; plasma related processes; laser assisted nanosynthesis; femtosecond micromachining; ultrafast laser processing: volume modification, index engineering; laser-assisted manufacturing; additive manufacturing: two-photon polymerization and 3D laser printing.

EQEC 2017 Topics

EA - Quantum Optics
Markus Hennrich, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

Quantum light sources and applications; nonlocality and quantum interference; squeezing and entanglement; quantum correlations, coherence, and measurement; multimode and mesoscopic quantum optics; single photon emission and absorption; quantum optics in cavities; slow light and quantum memories; quantum imaging and quantum lithography; quantum coherent effects in biology.

EB - Quantum Information, Communication, and Sensing

Chair: Gregor Weihs
, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

Quantum computers and quantum communication systems ; quantum algorithms and communication protocols, quantum simulations, quantum key distribution, quantum logic gates, entanglement distribution and distillation, interfaces between static and flying qubits, quantum memories;  integrated quantum devices, quantum nano-mechanics, ion-trap arrays, superconducting structures, quantum dots, cavity QED systems.

EC – Ultracold Quantum Matter and Quantum Simulation

Chair: Olivier Dulieu, Laboratoire Aimé Cotton, Orsay, France

Developments in few- and many-body phenomena with ultracold quantum gases of atoms and molecules; quantum simulation of strongly correlated systems with artificial gauge fields, frustration, disorder and impurities; out-of-equilibrium many-body phenomena; superfluidity and thermodynamics in Bose and Fermi systems; dipolar physics with atoms and molecules; Efimov physics; quantum atom interferometry; controllable multiparticle entanglement; hybrid systems such as cold and trapped ion/atom setups, optomechanical devices.

ED  – Precision Metrology and Frequency Combs

Chair: Thomas Udem, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany

Precision interferometry and spectroscopy including frequency combs; quantum metrology; ultimate limitations of measurement precision as imposed by the nature of quanta; tests of fundamental symmetries; definition of basic units; measurement of fundamental constants; applications in different spectral ranges, including mid-infrared.


EE - Ultrafast Optical Science

Goëry Genty, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland

Fundamental aspects of ultrafast science in all spectral regimes; propagation and instabilities of ultrashort pulses in linear and nonlinear media, supercontinuum generation, ultrafast filamentation, extreme events, rogue waves and turbulence dynamics; ultrafast spectroscopy of molecules, solids and low dimensional structures; applications to physics, chemistry and biology; propagation media: gas, liquid, and solid materials; free-space and waveguided geometries.

EF - Nonlinear Phenomena, Solitons and Self-organization
Andrei Vladimirov, Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics, Berlin, Germany

Nonlinear optical phenomena including dynamics and self-organization; frequency conversion, wave mixing, parametric processes, conservative and dissipative solitons, pattern formation, interaction between disorder and nonlinearities, complex behaviours and statistically heavy-tailed phenomena. Applications of nonlinear phenomena; nonlinear imaging and manipulation, novel optical materials, devices and systems. Fundamental aspects of nonlinear dynamics in single or coupled photonic devices, polariton condensates, micro and nano lasers, photonic crystals, optomechanical systems.


EG – Light-matter Interactions at the Nano-scale

Chair: Mario Agio
, University of Siegen, Siegen, Germany

Fundamental aspects of light-matter interactions at the nanoscale: nanoantennas and nanophotonic architectures, classical and quantum models, detection, emission and manipulation of light and/or matter; quantum nano-optics: coherent, quantum and nonlinear optical effects; ultrafast and strong-field phenomena at the nanoscale: interactions with electrons/plasma and their applications, ultrafast dynamics; optical imaging and spectroscopy: nanoscopy, nano-optical forces and tweezers; nano-energy: radiative transfer, photovoltaics and catalysis.

EH –
Plasmonics and Metamaterials
Chair: Jérôme Wenger
, Institut Fresnel, Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France

Metal nanophotonics from fundamentals towards applications and including all spectral regimes: plasmonic nanostructures, antennas, cavities and waveguides; metamaterials; hybrid materials; nonlinear structures and effects; active systems, systems with gain.

EI - Two-dimensional Materials

Thomas Mueller
, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria

Fundamental aspects and applications of graphene and other two-dimensional materials in optics and optoelectronics; light-matter interactions in 2D materials; ultrafast dynamics, nonlinear phenomena, and mode-locked lasers; light sources, modulators, detectors, and other optoelectronic devices; photovoltaics; smart windows and flexible displays; terahertz devices; tunable plasmonics and metamaterials; integration with cavities and waveguides; multi-layered 2D heterostructures.

EJ – Theoretical and Computational Photonics
Chair: Stefan Skupin
, CELIA, Université Bordeaux 1, Talence, France

Predictive theoretical and computational approaches for all fields of optics and photonics: full and semi-analytical treatments; applied mathematics and numerical analysis of partial differential equations; high-performance computing, massively parallel codes, including utilization of hardware accelerators; singular nonlinear processes, shocks, wave collapse; material processing; first principle calculations of optical properties in dielectrics, plasmas, semiconductors and plasmonic structures; artificial optical materials.


CLEO®/Europe-EQEC 2017 Joint Symposia Topics


JSI - Free Electron Lasers and Applications
Thomas Tschentscher, European XFEL GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
Christoph Bostedt, Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University, USA

Free-electron lasers are rapidly developing novel light sources, pushing the frontiers of time-resolved experiments and non-linear optics into the short-wavelength regime. The intense, femtosecond ultraviolet and x-ray light pulses from free-electron lasers have led to many new discoveries in a wide spectrum of applications, ranging from atomic and condensed matter physics to chemistry, and to materials, biological, and high-energy density sciences. Novel two-color two-pulse modes enable x-ray/x-ray pump/probe experiments with femtosecond resolution. Fully coherent pulses open the door for quantum control approaches involving inner-shell levels. High-repetition rate operations from superconducting accelerators are becoming available allowing to pursue photon-hungry experiments such as ultrafast inelastic scattering. The JS will start with a tutorial on free-electron lasers and bring together scientists from the optical to the ultraviolet and x-ray spectral regime.

JSII - Advanced Microscopy and Nanoscopy
Melike Lakadamyali, ICFO, Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain
Pietro Ferraro, CNR, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie, Trento, Italy

Microscopy, and more generally imaging, is becoming a ubiquitous tool that is useful in any branch of science and technology, spanning from the field of life sciences to materials and nanotechnologies. The recording and processing of optical signals are two main issues to consider for developing and exploiting novel advanced methodologies. Actual sensors and detectors can record a large amount of data, extremely rich in information. This information is convoluted in different ways, depending on the optical configurations adopted. New strategies for extracting useful information are currently under investigation in all labs around the world. Consequently computational aspects are becoming the essence of novel emerging and future advanced microscopy and imaging approaches. Novel computational policies and processing embrace all the most advanced approaches in microscopy for extracting and analysing information from complex optical signals and advanced photonics probes. Hence, new efforts are directed towards modelling and fabricating advanced photonic tools, devices and imaging modalities and by combining nanolenses, scanning probe microscopy with computational aspects for infringing the barriers of resolution of classical microscopy, thus opening the route for a reliable inspection of world at nanoscale.
The topic will be organised in two sessions, named “Tomography and computational imaging” and “Superresolution nanoscopy”, respectively.
The first session will be devoted to cutting-edge strategies for retrieving tomographic data for full-characterization, especially those applied to biological samples. This topic is of great importance for real-world needs in future biomedical applications. The presentations will cover 3D full characterization of cells in static conditions, as well as in-flow along microfluidic channels, and this will pave the way for identification of blood disease or the identification and sorting of tumour cells. Accurate analysis of flowing blood will be also reported by accessing to a new modality in 4 dimensions.
The second session will address the fundamental issues of superresolution and nanoscopy with the aim of debating the most recent advancements and achievements in microscopy and imaging at the nanoscale. In fact, “superresolution” and “nanoscopy” are the two most important pillars of imaging at the nanoscale in the future. Results on imaging whole cells in 3D with sub-20nm resolution in live-modality will be presented. Further contributions will address the imaging of protein structures by advanced fluorescent microscopy and the modelling and application of superlenses inspired by Mother Nature.

JSIII - Photonics in Cancer Detection and Therapy
Katia Parodi, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany
Nick Stone, University of Exeter, United Kingdom

Cancer is a major societal challenge with a steady increase of incidence, threatening to soon become the leading cause of death in developed countries. Hence, improvements in diagnostic and therapeutic approaches can play a fundamental role in the fight against cancer, to increase the probability of a successful cure. In this context, several promising applications of photonics are emerging, which cover the entire spectrum from highly sensitive spectroscopy for early cancer detection and identification of relevant biomarkers, up to efficient generation of different types of radiation for diagnostic imaging and, ultimately, therapy. 
This symposium will provide an overview of the perspectives offered by modern photonics in cancer detection and therapy. These will include novel light based biomedical imaging and spectroscopic approaches; light mediated therapeutics and innovative laser-developments likely to have an impact in this field. Contributions are expected to address the important link between laser-based technologies and their rapidly increasing biomedical applications.
Topics will include, but are not limited to: highly-sensitive detection of biomolecules and molecular fingerprinting; nanophotonics and nanoparticles for detection and treatment of malignancies; generation of compact sources of THz and X-ray radiation for diagnostic imaging; laser-driven acceleration of electrons and protons or ions for targeted therapeutic applications.

JSIV - Topological Insulators in Optics
Alberto Amo, CNRS - Laboratoire de Photonique et Nanostructure, Marcoussis, France
Alexander Szameit, Institute of Applied Physics, Jena, Germany

The discovery of topological insulators relying on spin-orbit coupling in condensed matter systems has created much interest in various fields, including in photonics. In two-dimensional electronic systems, topological insulators are insulating materials in the bulk, but conduct electric current on their edges such that the current is completely immune to scattering. Demonstrating such effects in optics poses a major challenge because photons are bosons, which fundamentally do not exhibit fermionic spin-orbit interactions (i.e., Kramer’s theorem). The field of topological photonics has emerged calling for original strategies to overcome this problem. Photonic topological insulators would have enormous potentialities in the lossless transport of photons. For example, topological protected devices could act as compact optical isolators and solve insertion loss problems in wave guiding structures, overcome the key limitation from disorder and localization in slow light and coupled resonator waveguides, and could decrease the power requirements of classical signals and improve coherence in quantum links.
In parallel to these features, the flexibility of photonic platforms provides an excellent playgroung to investigate topological properties from a fundamental point of view. The engineering of parity-time symmetric Hamiltonians, nodal Weyl points, the topological properties of quasi-crystals, the interplay of nonlinearity and topology or fractional quantum Hall physics are among the research lines recently emerging.
Much like the field of topological insulators in electronics, topological photonics promises an enormous variety of breakthroughs in both fundamental physics and technological outcomes.
This symposium will provide an overview of novel achievements in the field of topological photonics. Topics will include, but are not limited to: photonic topological insulation, nonlinear topological effects, non-hermitian topological effects, photonic spin-orbit coupling, non-reciprocity, …

JSV - Perovskite Optoelectronics
Annamaria Petrozza, Istituto Italiano di Technologia, Genova, Italy
X.Y. Zhu, Columbia University, New York, USA

This symposium will cover both fundamental and applied aspect of metal-halide perovskite semiconductors, which have been listed by the World Economic Forum as one of the top 10 technologies of 2016. Topics include, but are not limited to: structure-properties relationship; 2D and 3D systems; interface phenomena; electron-phonon coupling; charge and energy transport; defect physics; quantum confinement; lasing; optoelectronic devices, from photovoltaics to photonics.


LiM - CLEO®/Europe 2017 Joint Technical Focus Sessions

JS LiM/CLEO - Polymer Optics and Photonics
Roberto Osellame, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
Ralf Bergmann, Bremer Institut für angewandte Strahltechnik, Germany

Two sessions on Polymer Optics and Photonics to take place on Wednesday morning will be jointly held by CLEO®/Europe and LiM and will only comprise invited speakers.


Joint Session ECBO-CLEO®/Europe 2017

Thomas Huser, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
Rainer Leitgeb, Medical University Vienna, Vienna, Austria

One session to be presented on Monday morning will comprise a tutorial talk and two contributed talks from CLEO®/Europe (CL topic - Photonic Applications in Biology and Medicine) and ECBO.

Joint Session SPIE-Optical Metrology-EQEC 2017

JSM - Computational Photonics for Metrology Application
Stefan Skupin, CELIA, Université de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
Karsten Frenner, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

One session called Light and Structure will take place on Wednesday afternoon and include 2 invited and 2 contributed talks.

Joint Session World of Photonics-CLEO®/Europe 2017

JSQ -Industrial Perspective on Quantum Technologies


Peter Loosen, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
(Chair of the World of Photonics steering committee board)
Thorsten Ackemann, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Giulio Cerullo, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
Valerio Pruneri, ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences and ICREA, Castelldefels, Spain

(CLEO®/Europe-EQEC 2017 general chairs)

This new event will consist in a special World of Photonics-CLEO®/Europe 2017 session on Quantum Technologies. The session called Industrial Perspectives on Quantum Technologies will take place on Monday afternoon and feature invited talks.

Sponsored and organised by

European Physical Society
European Physical Society

IEEE Photonics

Optical Society of America

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