Novel Optical Materials and Applications

Novel Optical Materials and Applications

Addresses new, cutting-edge research in optical materials and applications spanning the transmission spectrum from UV through terahertz.
NOMA is intended as “one comprehensive” conference which focuses on all types of optical materials, which are the key to advances in optical applications. The focus is on advances in design, fabrication and applications of optical materials from ultraviolet to terahertz and their utility for a variety of applications, including the most recent advances in materials for nanoscale devices, imaging systems, lasers, optical waveguides and fibers, solar energy, and sensors as well as any other emerging applications. 

  1. Novel Optical Glasses, Crystals and Ceramics
  2. Laser Gain and Nonlinear Optical Materials
  3. Organic and Polymeric Optical Materials
  4. Advanced Optical Thin Films
  5. Novel Materials for Solar Energy Applications
  6. Metamaterials and Metasurfaces
  7. Plasmonics
  8. Biomimetic and Biocompatible Optical Materials
  9. Flexible Display Materials
  10. Nanomaterials
  11. 2D materials and graphene
  12. Phase change materials
Svetlana Boriskina, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited StatesTopological Materials: New Horizons for Energy and Sustainability, Tutorial

Barry Rand, Princeton UniversityUnited StatesMetal Halide Perovskites: Processing, Interfaces, and Light Emitting Devices , Tutorial

Amit Agrawal, National Inst of Standards & TechnologyUnited StatesUltrahigh Quality-Factor Plasmonic Resonators and Lasers, Invited

Colin Baker, US Naval Research LaboratoryUnited StatesRecent Advances in Nanoparticle Doping for Improved High Energy Fiber Lasers, Invited

Parag Deotare, University of MichiganUnited StatesHybrid Organic-2D Material Interfaces for Optoelectronic Devices, Invited

Jonathan Fan, Stanford UniversityNew Materials and Design Concepts in Meta-optical Devices, Invited

F. Pelayo García de Arquer, University of TorontoCanadaSolution-processed nanomaterials for advanced optoelectronic applications , Invited

Richard Haglund, Vanderbilt UniversityUnited StatesA Tunable Phase-Changing Metasurface for Near-Infrared Sensing and Imaging, Invited

Donhee Ham, Harvard UniversityUnited StatesUltra-subwavelength Flatland Passive and Active Plasmonics, Invited

Hayk Harutyunyan, Emory UniversityUnited StatesHybrid Plasmonic-dielectric Metamaterials for Enhanced Nonlinear Response, Invited

Ali Javey, University of California BerkeleyUnited States2D Semiconductor Optoelectronics , Invited

Mikhail Kats, University of Wisconsin-MadisonUnited StatesPhotonics with Low-index and Multi-index Materials, Invited

Christian Klinke, Universität HamburgGermanyRashba Spin-Orbit Coupling in Colloidal Lead Sulfide Nanosheets , Invited

Evan Lafalce, University of UtahUnited StatesParity-Time Symmetry and Coupling Effects in Quantum Dot MicroDisk Lasers, Invited

Minjoo Lee, Univ of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUnited StatesExtending the Operating Wavelength of Type-I InAs Quantum Well Lasers on InP , Invited

Efrat Lifshitz, Technion Israel Institute of TechnologyIsraelSpins in Colloidal Quantum Dots and Nano-Perovskites , Invited

Sheng Liu, Sandia National LaboratoriesUnited StatesIII-V Dielectric Metasurfaces: Enhanced Nonlinearities and Emission Control, Invited

Marko Loncar, Harvard UniversityUnited StatesLithium Niobate Nanophotonics , Invited

Arka Majumdar, University of WashingtonUnited StatesDielectric Resonator Integrated 2D Material Structures, Invited

Alina Manshina, Saint Petersburg State UniversityRussiaNovel 2D carbon allotrope intercalated with Au-Ag nanoclusters: from laser design to functionality , Invited

Ann-Katrin Michel, ETH ZurichLow-loss Materials for Active Mid-infrared Photonics and Plasmonics, Invited

David Norris, ETH ZurichSwitzerlandColloidal Quantum-Dot Spasers and Plasmonic Amplifiers, Invited

Erik Reimhult, Uni of Natural Resources & Life SciencesAustriaDesign of Nanoparticles for Self-assembly of Electromagnetically Interacting Composite Materials, Invited

Angela Seddon, University of NottinghamUnited KingdomReview of Recent Progress Towards Mid-infrared Fiber Lasers for 4-9 mm Window , Invited

Christopher Spillmann, US Naval Research LaboratoryUnited StatesLiquid Crystal-based Refractive Beamsteering in the Infrared, Invited

Yuebing Zheng, University of Texas at AustinUnited StatesColloidal Nanomaterials: From Single-nanoparticle Study to Directed Assembly of Superstructures, Invited


Ishwar AggarwalUniv of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States
Lynda BusseUS Naval Research Laboratory, United States


Craig ArnoldPrinceton University, United States
Shyam BayyaUS Naval Research Laboratory, United States
Svetlana BoriskinaMassachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
Debashis ChandaUniversity of Central Florida, United States
Ertugrul CubukcuUniversity of California San Diego, United States
Stephen FoulgerClemson University, United States
Shekhar GuhaUS Air Force Research Laboratory, United States
Roman HolovchakAustin Peay State University, United States
Juejun HuMassachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
Mikhail KatsUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison, United States
Garo Khanarianconsultant, United States
Ho Wai LeeBaylor University, United States
Woei Ming LeeThe Australian National University, Australia
Efrat LifshitzTechnion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Yongmin LiuNortheastern University, United States
Tony LowUniversity of Minnesota Twin Cities, United States
Arka MajumdarUniversity of Washington, United States
Jason MyersUS Naval Research Laboratory, United States
Sedat NizamogluKoc University, Turkey
Dario PisignanoUniversita del Salento, Italy
Angela SeddonUniversity of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Brandon ShawUS Naval Research Laboratory, United States
Franky SoNorth Carolina State University
Fengnian XiaYale University, United States
Seok-Hyun YunHarvard Medical School, United States
Kevin ZawilskiBAE Systems , United States
Chenglong ZhaoUniversity of Dayton
Wenqi ZhuNIST, United States

OSA FoundationStudent & Early Career Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, 25 July, 12:30 - 14:00
Toulouse A

Join us for an interactive lunch and learn program focused on professional development within the Advanced Photonics field. This program will engage students and early career professionals with the key leaders in the field who will share their professional development journey and provide useful tips to those who attend. Lunch will be provided.

OSA Material Studies Technical GroupEmerging Optical Materials: Perovskites, 2D Optical Materials and Nanocolloids

Wednesday, 26 July, 12:30 – 14:00
St Charles B

Join the OSA Optical Material Studies Technical Group for a panel discussion exploring new and emerging optical materials. The panel will feature Dr. Barry Rand of Princeton University, Dr. Christian Klinke from the University of Hamburg, Dr. Parag Deotar from the University of Michigan, and Dr. García de Arquer from the University of Toronto. Each panelist will give a five minute talk highlighting the progress and challenges of their respective areas. Following their talks Dr. Garo Khanarian, who serves as chair of the Optical Material Studies Technical Group, will lead a discussion bringing together the different topics and opening the conversation to participation from attendees. An RSVP is required for this technical group event as lunch will be provided.

Plenary and Tutorial Speakers

Ben EggletonBen Eggleton, University of Sydney, Australia
Inducing and Harnessing Photon-phonon Interactions in Nanoscale Integrated Circuits

Professor Benjamin Eggleton is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney, Director of the ARC Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), and Director of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) at the University of Sydney. He obtained the Bachelor's degree (with honors) in Science in 1992 and Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Sydney in 1996.

Shu Namiki
Shu Namiki, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
Challenges and Impact of Dynamic Optical-Layer Switching - Ten years of VICTORIES and Beyond

Shu Namiki is a Director of Data Photonics Project Unit of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Japan. His current research interests include software defined dynamic optical path networking and their enabling devices such as nonlinear fiber-optics and silicon photonics. He is currently serving as Chair of Executive Committee of a national project called “Vertically Integrated Center for Technologies of Optical Routing toward Ideal Energy Savings (VICTORIES)” in collaboration with ten telecom-related companies. He has co-authored more than 300 conference presentations, papers, book chapters, articles, and patents. Dr. Namiki is a Fellow of OSA, and a member of IEICE, JSAP, and IEEE Photonics Society and Communications Society

Dimitra Simeonidou
Dimitra Simeonidou, University of Bristol, UK
Lighting the Way Towards a New Era of Digital Transformation

Dimitra is a Full Professor at the University of Bristol, the Director of the Smart Internet Lab (, the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of Bristol Is Open and the Head of the High Performance Networks group (HPN). 
Her research is focusing in the fields of High Performance Networks, Software Defined Networking, Network Convergence and Smart City infrastructures. She is the author and co-author of over 400 publications, numerous patents and several major contributions to standards. She worked in Alcatel Submarine Networks as a Principle Engineer and she has been co-founder of two spin-out companies. The latest company is the University of Bristol, venture capital funded, spin-out Zeetta Networks (, delivering SDN solutions for enterprise networks. Since 2015,  Dimitra has been the technical architect and the CSO of the smart city project Bristol Is Open (, delivering the world’s first open and programmable experimental test-bed at city-scale. Dimitra is a Royal Society Wolfson scholar

Tutorial Speakers

Svetlana BoriskinaSvetlana Boriskina, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Novel Optical Materials and Applications (NOMA)

Topological Materials: New Horizons for Energy and Sustainability

Svetlana V. Boriskina is a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. Her research blends nanophotonics, plasmonics, hydrodynamics, thermodynamics and mechanics to explore intricate details of light-matter interaction on the nanoscale. Svetlana is interested in fundamental aspects of energy transfer between quantum emitters, propagating and trapped photons, electron plasma oscillations (plasmons) and nanomechanical oscillations as well as in thermodynamic limitations on light trapping and energy conversion. These fundamental studies have already directly contributed to the development of new multi-functional devices and nanostructured materials for applications ranging from light generation and optical information processing to bio(chemical)sensing and solar energy harvesting and conversion.

Barry RandBarry Rand, Princeton University, USA
Novel Optical Materials and Applications (NOMA)

Metal Halide Perovskites: Processing, Interfaces, and Light Emitting Devices
We study the use of metal halide perovskites for light emitting diodes (LEDs). By understanding interface chemistry and improving film formation, we demonstrate green and red perovskite LEDs with external quantum efficiencies of approximately 10%.

Barry Rand earned a BE in electrical engineering from The Cooper Union in 2001. Then he received MA and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Princeton University, in 2003 and 2007, respectively. From 2007 to 2013, he was at imec in Leuven, Belgium. Since 2013, he is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University. He has authored more than 85 refereed journal publications, has 19 issued US patents, and has received the 3M Nontenured Faculty Award (2014), DuPont Young Professor Award (2015), DARPA Young Faculty Award (2015), and ONR Young Investigator Program Award (2016).

Frans WillemsFrans M.J. Willems, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Signal Processing in Photonics Communications (SPPCom)

Information Theory and its Application to Optical Communication
The tutorial focuses on the foundations of communication which were developed and are further investigated within the field of information theory. The lecture starts with the equivalence between waveform and vector communication in the additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) case. Then the capacity of the AWGN channel is discussed and we briefly focus on the error-correcting codes that achieve capacity. It turns out that for larger signal- to-noise ratios codes based on uniform signalling do not achieve capacity. Shaping methods are required to close the gap. We will discuss enumerative shaping techniques, and will demonstrate that their performance is good also at small block-lengths.

In the second part of the tutorial we will discuss communication over optical channels with intensity modulation and direct detection. We will show that by using the so-called square- root transform this channel becomes equivalent to a one-sided AWGN channel. This result makes it possible to directly apply the signal processing techniques that were developed for the AWGN case. The tutorial ends with some consequences of the square-root transform (signalling on a square grid, dependence of signal-to-noise ratio on distance, filtering in the optical domain). 

Frans M.J. Willems was born in Stein, The Netherlands, on June 26, 1954. He received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and the Ph.D. degree from the Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain, Belgium, in 1979 and 1982 respectively. From 1979 to 1982 he was a research assistant at the Catholic University of Louvain. Since 1982, he is a staff member at the Electrical Engineering Department of Eindhoven University of Technology. His research contributions are in the areas of multi-user information theory and noiseless source coding. Dr. Willems received the Marconi Young Scientist Award in 1982. From 1988 to 1990, he served as Associate Editor for Shannon Theory for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. He is co-recipient of the 1996 IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Award. From 1998 to 2000 he was a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society. Since 1999 he is connected to Philips Research Laboratories as an advisor. From 2001 to 2004 he served as an Associate Editor for Information Theory for the European Transactions on Telecommunications. Dr. Willems is a Fellow of the IEEE since 2005.