OSA Incubator on the Fundamental Limits of Optical Energy Conversion


OSA Incubator on the Fundamental Limits of Optical Energy Conversion

12-14 November 2014
OSA Headquarters • 2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW • Washington, DC, USA

HOSTED BY:

Svetlana V. Boriskina, Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
Jurgen Michel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology;  Alexander Kildishev, Purdue University;
Vivian Ferry, University of Minnesota; Jonathan Tong, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 

This Incubator will bring together experts from various fields including classical and quantum photonics, plasmonics, metamaterials, colloidal chemistry, nano-mechanics as well as material, chemical, and thermal engineering to explore the fundamental limits of optical energy conversion. The Incubator will focus on recent advances in the field of renewable energy and sustainability that are directly or indirectly enabled by progress in optical science and engineering research.

Utilizing a combination of invited presentations and facilitated group discussions attendees will explore thermodynamic limits of optical energy conversion platforms and search for new platforms that overcome those limits. Featured topics will include:

  1. Heat is the new light: expansion of optical system and material design to cover visible and infrared bands with the aims to harvest waste heat and light, to reduce the thermal emission losses of solar harvesting platforms, and to achieve non-contact cooling of optical and electronic circuitry.
  2. Photons, meet electrons and phonons: enhancement of the efficiency of the energy harvesting and conversion devices via synergistic optical, electronic and thermal design as well as cross-fertilization of the approaches to bandstructure and energy transport engineering in optical, electronic, and thermal systems.
  3. Think small: development of nanoscale devices and nanostructured materials that make use of size quantization effects to manipulate photon and electron density of states and to increase light trapping and energy conversion efficiencies.
  4. Mix and match: exploration of hybrid optics-enabled approaches to energy harvesting and conversion such as solar thermophotovoltaics, solar thermoelectrics, PV + solar-thermal, incorporation thermal storage units into solar energy conversion platforms.
  5. Bend the curve: assessment of the potential of new light harvesting and conversion technologies to bend the cost and/or efficiency curves and break through the trajectory of the traditional technologies.
 

Keynote Speakers (as of 09-08-2014)

Gang Chen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Shanhui Fan, Stanford University, USA
Eli Yablonovitch, University of California, Berkeley, USA
 

Participants (as of 9-08-2014)

 

Ashwin Atre, Standford University, USA; Koray Aydin, Northwestern University, USA; Matthew Beard, NREL, USA; Peter Bermel, Purdue University, USA; Steve Byrnes, Harvard University, USA; Martin Cryan, Bristol University, United Kingdom; Harbans Dhadwal, Stony Brook University, USA; Keivan Esfarjani, Rutgers University, USA; Nicholas Fang, MIT, USA; Sasha Govorov, University of Ohio, USA; Urcan Guler, Purdue University, USA; Krzysztof Kempa, Boston College, USA; Minh Le, DOE SunShot, USA; Swee Hoe Lim, Epiworks, USA; Antti Makinen, Navy Research Laboratory, USA; Miguel A. Modestino, EPFL, Switzerland; Martin Moskovits, UC Santa Barbara, USA; Jeremy Munday, University of Maryland, USA; Michael J. Naughton, Boston College & Solasta Inc., USA; Avi Niv, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel; Ralph Nuzzo, University of Illinois, USA; Pablo Aitor Postigo Resa, Instituto de Microelectronica de Madrid, Spain; Mordechai Rothschild, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, USA; Carmel Rotschild, Technion, Israel; Jas Sanghera, Naval Research Laboratory, USA; Vladimir Shalaev, Purdue University, USA; Marin Soljacic, MIT, USA; Myles Steiner, NREL, USA; Jao VandeLagemaat, NREL, USA;  David Woolf, Physical Sciences, Inc., USA; Zongfu Yu, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

 

Sponsors (as of 9-09-2014)
 

   



Meeting Schedule (All times approximate and subject to change, check back for updates.)

The program, including breakfasts and lunches, will be held at OSA Headquarters, 2010 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036.

Day 1: 12 November 2014
  • Begins with dinner, location to be determined, at 18:00

Day 2: 13 November2014
  • Breakfast begins at 8:00
  • Program begins at 8:30, lunch is included onsite
  • Dinner, location to be determined, begins at 18:00

Day 3: 14 November 2014
  • Breakfast begins at 8:00
  • Program begins at 8:30, lunch is included onsite
  • Program adjourns at 14:00
 

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 osaincubator@osa.org.
 

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.

Koray Aydin, Northwestern University, USA; Matthew Beard, NREL, USA; Peter Bermel, Purdue University, USA; Steve Byrnes, Harvard University, USA; Martin Cryan, Bristol University, United Kingdom; Harbans Dhadwal, Stony Brook University, USA; Keivan Esfarjani, Rutgers University, USA; Nicholas Fang, MIT, USA; Sasha Govorov, University of Ohio, USA; Urcan Guler, Purdue University, USA; Krzysztof Kempa, Boston College, USA; Minh Le, DOE SunShot, USA; Swee Hoe Lim, Epiworks, USA; Antti Makinen, Navy Research Laboratory, USA; Miguel A. Modestino, EPFL, Switzerland; Martin Moskovits, UC Santa Barbara, USA; Jeremy Munday, University of Maryland, USA; Michael J. Naughton, Boston College & Solasta Inc., USA; Avi Niv, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel; Ralph Nuzzo, University of Illinois, USA; Pablo Aitor Postigo Resa, Instituto de Microelectronica de Madrid, Spain; Mordechai Rothschild, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, USA; Carmel Rotschild, Technion, Israel; Jas Sanghera, Naval Research Laboratory, USA; Vladimir Shalaev, Purdue University, USA; Marin Soljacic, MIT, USA; Myles Steiner, NREL, USA; David Woolf, Physical Sciences, Inc., USA; Zongfu Yu, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Koray Aydin, Northwestern University, USA; Matthew Beard, NREL, USA; Peter Bermel, Purdue University, USA; Steve Byrnes, Harvard University, USA; Martin Cryan, Bristol University, United Kingdom; Harbans Dhadwal, Stony Brook University, USA; Keivan Esfarjani, Rutgers University, USA; Nicholas Fang, MIT, USA; Sasha Govorov, University of Ohio, USA; Urcan Guler, Purdue University, USA; Krzysztof Kempa, Boston College, USA; Minh Le, DOE SunShot, USA; Swee Hoe Lim, Epiworks, USA; Antti Makinen, Navy Research Laboratory, USA; Miguel A. Modestino, EPFL, Switzerland; Martin Moskovits, UC Santa Barbara, USA; Jeremy Munday, University of Maryland, USA; Michael J. Naughton, Boston College & Solasta Inc., USA; Avi Niv, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel; Ralph Nuzzo, University of Illinois, USA; Pablo Aitor Postigo Resa, Instituto de Microelectronica de Madrid, Spain; Mordechai Rothschild, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, USA; Carmel Rotschild, Technion, Israel; Jas Sanghera, Naval Research Laboratory, USA; Vladimir Shalaev, Purdue University, USA; Marin Soljacic, MIT, USA; Myles Steiner, NREL, USA; David Woolf, Physical Sciences, Inc., USA; Zongfu Yu, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA