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AOMatSens 2018 - Special Session in Advanced Optical Materials, Sensors an...

Jan 25, 2018 - 08:00 AM - Jan 27, 05:00 PM
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Special Session in Advanced Optical Materials, Sensors and Devices - AOMatSens 2018

25 January - 27 June, 2017 - Funchal, Madeira, Portugal Within the 6th International Conference on Photonics, Optics and Laser Technology - PHOTOPTICS 2018




Maria Raposo 

Brief Bio

Maria Raposo received the PhD degree in Materials Sciences and Engineering by Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil in 1999 and, since 2000, is professor at Physics Department of Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, lecturing Solid State Physics, Surface and Interfaces Technology, Conducting Polymers, Molecular Electronics and Physics of Functional Macromoleculares Systems. Since 2008 is head of the Functional Molecular Systems group which research interests include electric and optical properties of ultra-thin films of polymers and biomolecules, interfaces and nano-technology, colloids, molecular architectures for electronics, photonics and magnetism, biomimetic membranes and radiation effect in biological systems. She had several chapters of books and an half hundred of research papers, has been supervisor of Postdocs, PhD students, Master students and undergraduate students, has been coordinator and participant of projects with financial support and has been participant of European Scientific Networks.

Orlando Frazão 
INESC Porto 

Brief Bio

Orlando Frazão graduated in Physical Engineering from the University of Aveiro, Portugal. He received his Ph. D. in Physics from University of Porto, Portugal. From 1997 to 1998, he was with the Institute of Telecommunications, Aveiro. Presently, he is an invited Assistant Professor at Dept. Physics and Astronomy of Faculty of Science at University of Porto and he is also a Senior Researcher at Optoelectronics and Electronic Systems Unit, INESC Porto. His present research interests included optical fiber sensors and optical communications. He has more than 300 papers in international journals and conferences. He participated as organized committee of several International conferences. He has three scientific awards. He is senior member of the SPIE and OSA.


The AOMatSens special session addresses topics related with advances in optical materials sensors and devices covering aspects related with design, processing, characterization and applications. Main suggested target topics include:
- Lighting and lasing materials and devices
- Solar energy materials and devices
- Optically active organic-based materials
- Optical supramolecular structures
- Photonic nanostructured materials and devices
- Plasmonic materials and devices
- Metamaterials
- Optical storage materials and devices 
- Photorefractive materials 
- Nonlinear-optical materials
- Light trapping materials
- Optical storage materials and devices, 
- Light detection materials and devices
- Optical fibers sensors and devices


Important Dates


Regular Papers
Paper Submission: September 12, 2017 (extended) 
Authors Notification: October 20, 2017 
Camera Ready and Registration: November 3, 2017

Position Papers
Paper Submission: September 29, 2017 
Authors Notification: November 7, 2017 
Camera Ready and Registration: November 20, 2017

Workshop Proposal: August 31, 2017

Doctoral Consortium
Paper Submission: November 9, 2017
Authors Notification: November 22, 2017
Camera Ready and Registration: December 5, 2017

Special Sessions
Special Session Proposal: August 31, 2017
Paper Submission: November 7, 2017
Authors Notification: November 21, 2017
Camera Ready and Registration: November 29, 2017

Tutorial Proposal: November 24, 2017

Demo Proposal: November 24, 2017

Panel Proposal: November 24, 2017

Open Communications
Paper Submission: November 9, 2017
Authors Notification: November 22, 2017
Camera Ready and Registration: December 5, 2017


Keynote Lectures

Glass-based Photonic Structures: Advances and Perspectives
Maurizio Ferrari, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie (CNR-IFN), Italy

The Physics and Technology of Metadevices and Metasystems
Kevin MacDonald, Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

The Optical Characterisation of the Cold, Atmospheric Pressure Plasmas used for Medical Applications
Bill Graham, Queens University of Belfast, United Kingdom


Glass-based Photonic Structures: Advances and Perspectives 

Maurizio Ferrari 
Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie (CNR-IFN) 

Brief Bio

Maurizio Ferrari, physicist, is research director at the Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnologies (IFN) of the National Research Council (CNR) in Trento. He has been prime investigator or key researcher in many national and international projects. He has 256 scientific articles on international journals (ISI-JCR), 214 papers in proceedings of national and international conferences, 450 communication at national and international congress, and several other publications and book chapters (h-index: 34). His main areas of research include: glass photonics; glasses obtained by melting and by sol-gel route activated by rare-earth ions and chromophores; planar waveguides obtained by different techniques (dip-coating, spin-coating rf-sputtering, ionic-exchange), both passive and active; nanostructured, composite and nano phase materials; confined optical structures (photonic crystals, microcavities, and microresonators); applications to sensing and energy. He has been program chair or member of scientific and program committees of many national and international conferences. He was co-founder of the PRE Workshops series and will be co-chair of PRE'17 in Rome in November 2017.

Glass photonics is pervasive in a huge number of human activities and drive the research in the field of enabling technologies. Glass materials and photonic structures are the cornerstones of scientific and technological building in integrated optics. Photonic glasses, optical glass waveguides, planar light integrated circuits, waveguide gratings and arrays, functionalized waveguides, photonic crystal heterostructures, and hybrid microresonators are some examples of glass-based integrated optical devices that play a significant role in optical communication, sensing, biophotonics, processing, and computing. We present some recent results obtained by our consortium in rare earth doped photonic glasses and confined structures, in order to give some highlights regarding the state of art in glass photonics. To evidence the unique properties of transparent glass ceramics we will compare spectroscopic and structural properties between the parent glass and the glass ceramics. Starting from planar waveguides we will move to spherical microresonators, a very interesting class of photonic confined structures. Then we will present 1D-potonic crystals and opals allowing management of optical and spectroscopic properties. We will conclude the short review with some remarks about the more significant applications such as laser action and structural sensing and the appealing perspective for glass-based photonic structures.


The Physics and Technology of Metadevices and Metasystems 

Kevin MacDonald 
Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton 
United Kingdom 

Brief Bio

Professor MacDonald is a member of the Optoelectronics Research Centre’s Nanophotonics & Metamaterials Group, and Manager of the University’s Centre for Photonic Metamaterials. He received MPhys and PhD degrees from the University of Southampton’s School of Physics and Astronomy before joining as a Research Fellow in 2001, subsequently moving to the ORC in 2006. His research interests include active/adaptive, all-dielectric and opto-mechanical metamaterials; as well as ultrafast, electron-beam-driven and phase-change nanophotonics. He has published more than 60 journal articles and presented almost 200 conference papers on these subjects including more than 60 keynote or invited talks. Prof. MacDonald sits on the steering committee of the Institute of Physics’ Quantum Electronics & Photonics Group, is a member of the Editorial Board for the Nature Publishing Group journal Scientific Reports, and is co-chair of the Metamaterials conference at SPIE Photonics Europe.

Photonic metamaterials research has migrated in recent years from the study of almost exclusively plasmonic metal nanostructures to embrace a variety of advanced material platforms, including dielectrics, semiconductors, superconductors, phase-change media, and topological insulators. Optically- and electronically-actuated reconfigurable photonic metasurfaces based on such materials offer a range of low-loss, nonlinear, tuneable and switchable optical functionalities in ultra-compact form-factor – for example, engaging nano(opto)mechanical or phase-change response mechanisms to serve signal modulation, spectral/polarization selection or dispersion manipulation applications. In this talk I will review recent developments in the field, ranging from the demonstration of compositionally-tuneable plasmonic properties in chalcogenides to the integration of active all-dielectric and plasmonic metamaterials with optical fibre waveguides.


The Optical Characterisation of the Cold, Atmospheric Pressure Plasmas used for Medical Applications 

Bill Graham 
Queens University of Belfast 
United Kingdom 

Brief Bio


From an early background in the study of atomic and molecular physics including high energy ion-atom collisions, I became interested in the characterisation and physics and chemistry of plasmas starting with negative ion sources and their application in magnetic fusion, then RF driven plasma processing devices and my current research is focused on the fundamental physics and chemistry of atmospheric pressure low temperature (around room temperature) plasmas and plasmas created in liquids. This involves the use and development of a wide range of diagnostic and computer simulation and modelling techniques and of diverse plasma sources. I have an increasing commitment to the application of these plasma sources in medicine, catalysis and surface modification. 

In the last decade plasma devices capable of producing cold gas (~ 60 0C), reactive, plasmas at atmospheric pressure have been developed. This has been followed by the rapid growth of interest in the applications of such plasmas in areas such as medicine, food and agriculture where they have demonstrated, for example, antimicrobial capabilities. This has placed a urgent requirement on understanding the physics and chemistry of these plasmas. Following an introduction to the plasmas and their applications, the diagnostics of these systems using fast imaging, spectroscopy and laser-based techniques e.g. induced fluorescence and Thomson scattering will be discussed.


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