“Nano and Integrated Photonics” Workshop took place 19-22 April 2021. We would be happy to host such an event in person, but due to Covid restrictions, the event went online. However, it was still incredibly interesting and inspiring!
The Workshop was co-organised by European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) projects COFUND MULTIPLY (GA 713694), EID FONTE (GA 766115), ITN MEFISTA (GA 861152), EID MOCCA (GA 814147), ETN POST-DIGITAL (GA 860360).
The Workshop lasted 4 days, and during this time 25 excellent talks were delivered by speakers from 12 different countries. Among the speakers there were 5 MULTIPLY Fellows: Dr. Tatjana Gric (Aston University, UK); Dr. Vladimir Kalashnikov ( Sapienza University of Rome, Italy); Dr. Lucas De Souza (Aston University, UK); Dr. Torgom Yezekyan (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark); Dr. Shubhadeep Biswas (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany); Dr. Shuangyou Zhang (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany). There were more than 100 listeners during these 4 days.
The first day of the workshop was devoted to the topic “Novel materials”. The section was chaired by two wonderful scientists – Dr.Maria Farsari and Dr.Maria Chernysheva. Talks were on micro/nano printing, metamaterial formalism, 3D nanoprinting in Photonic Integration, 2D materials integrated nonlinear photonics, Fibers, Nanostructures and Meta-Surfaces, photo-thermal Biomaterials, Organic small molecule integrated photonics. After each talk, there were many questions, which is not surprising – these are such interesting and relevant topics!
The second day of the workshop was devoted to the topic “Novel light sources”. The section was chaired by two scientists – Prof.Grigorii Sokolovskii and Prof.Edik Rafailov. Talks were about Metamaterial enhanced THz devices, Terahertz Sources as a Platform for Fine Spectroscopic and Imaging Applications, High-Power Mid-Infrared Quantum-Cascade Lasers, Plasmonic photodetector responsivity enhancement through laser induced crystallization, Nonlinear Meta-Optics, High-temperature THz quantum cascade lasers.
The third day was about «Micro-resonators and frequency combs». This day was the most popular, because the maximum number of listeners came and there were so many questions after some talks that the speakers did not have time to answer everything, even if the coffee breaks were canceled. The most lively and hot discussions took place on this day. Chairs of the day were Dr.Auro Perego and Dr.Sergey Sergeyev. What topics were discussed on this amazing day? Single-molecule sensing with optoplasmonic microcavities, Microcombs Based on Laser Cavity Solitons, Frequency combs in chi-2 microresonators, Parametrically driven cavity solitons, Dispersive Kerr Soliton Generation in a Microresonator via Bichromatic Pumping.
By the fourth day of the Workshop, the audience was absolutely not tired, so the last day began with joy and activity. There was a day dedicated to «Advanced concepts», and we heard different inspiring talks of a very high level. On this day, the speakers talked about Light sheet microscopy for fast functional volumetric imaging, Ultrafast photonic convolution processing, Spatiotemporal mode multiplexing/synthesizing for energy harvesting on femtosecond level, autonomous optical neural networks leveraging 3D integration, Strong-field interactions and Ultrafast Nanophotonics, Probing influence of molecular environment and dynamic polarization in photoemission delays, Customised 3D scaffolds for developing human stem cell-based organoids in advanced research, personalised medicine and cosmetics. Chairs of the day were Dr.Daniel Brunner and Prof.Edik Rafailov.
Thanks to the workshop on nano- and integrated photonics, the audience had a clear idea of what is happening in this area. The workshop was useful and interesting even for those who are engaged in other fields of photonics or science communication. Listeners benefit a lot from this virtual workshop and expand their knowledge boundary. The event gave them new insights about the work in progress and more importantly ideas for the next-step working area.
We would like to thank everyone who helped in organising the workshop, as well as all the speakers and listeners! More information: https://multiply.astonphotonics.uk/nano-and-integrated-photonics-multiply-workshop/