Subwavelength Photonics Incubator

OSA Subwavelength Photonics Incubator
21-23 September 2016

American Geophysical Union, Washington D.C., USA

Pavel Cheben, National Research Council, Canada
Inigo Molina Fernandez, University of Malaga, Spain
David Smith, Duke University, USA
Weidong Zhou, University of Texas at Arlington, USA
Program Overview
Subwavelength Photonics incubator focuses on controlling flow of light in optical materials structured at sub-wavelength scale, i.e. with structural dimensions smaller than the wavelength of light. Much of exciting progress has been made in this area, including subwavelength index engineering in integrated optics, optical metamaterials, index and dispersion engineered silicon photonic devices, plasmonic devices, high-index-contrast gratings, anti-reflecting structures, resonant and holographic metasurfaces, nanostructured solar cells, ultra-thin lenses and nanophotonic couplers, to name a few. 

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  • Philip Russell, OSA President, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany, Photonic Crystal Waveguides, Bloch Waves and Subwavelength Photonics
  • Siegfried Janz, National Research Council, Canada, Subwavelength Silicon Photonics
  • David R. Smith, Duke University, USA, Photonic Metamaterials
  • Vladimir M. Shalaev, Purdue University, USA, Subwavelength Plasmonic Structures

Scope and Featured Topics
The scope of this Incubator is to explore emerging methods for controlling flow of light in optical materials structured at sub-wavelength scale. The Incubator’s goal is to establish new directions for the development of these emerging photonics structures and search for new applications that would be enabled by these structures. Utilizing a combination of invited presentations and group discussions the key challenges in the field will be addressed and new solutions to overcome the present limits will be assessed including:
  • Exploiting subwavelength structures for photonics and integrated optics. Subwavelength structured effective media and metamaterials.
  • Subwavelength refractive index and dispersion engineering in waveguide optics.
  • Subwavelength patterning of optical surfaces. Antireflective gratings.
  • High-index-contrast gratings and metastructures.
  • Subwavelength grating and metamaterials for silicon photonics and plasmonics.
  • Subwavelength engineered nanophotonic structures for photonic integrated circuits.
  • Resonant and holographic optical metasurfaces. Broadband achromatic metasurfaces, collimators and lenses.
  • Nanostructured solar cells.
  • Form birefringent photonic structures and chiral media.
  • Nano-materials synthesis, processing, and integration.
  • Advanced lithography techniques for fabrication of photonics devices with subwavelength nanostructures.
  • Theories, simulations and design tools for subwavelength nanostructures and devices.
  • Emerging nanophotonics and design automation standards.

Registration Information & Meeting Schedule (All times approximate and subject to change, check back for agenda.)
Registration information will be sent once the registration rate is finalized. If you are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities please contact The program, including breakfasts and lunches, will be held at American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20009. Diners, which along with the hotel are included in the registration, will be held at local restaurants.
21 September 2016

  • Dinner, location to be determined, at 18:00

22 September 2016

  • Breakfast begins at 8:00 at OSA headquarters

  • Program begins at 8:30, lunch is included onsite

  • Dinner, location to be determined, begins at 18:00

23 September 2016

  • Breakfast begins at 8:00

  • Program begins at 8:30, lunch is included onsite

  • Program adjourns at 15:00


Are you interested in attending?
A limited number of spots have been set aside at this invitation only meeting for interested individuals to apply for. Please send a brief letter of interest along with a CV to the hosts at
Additional Information
This page will provide you with information on receiving a letter of invitation if required for your visa as well as additional logistical and area information.