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Topic Areas

For POM January 2021, we selected three new topics for the oral presentations: Frequency Combs, Biosensors, and Metasurfaces. These three topic areas are described in more detail below. We encourage everyone in the optics community to submit high-quality posters, even if they are not within one of the three core topics. Abstract submission is here. The program is located here.

Frequency Combs

Alessia Pasquazi, University of Sussex, England

François Leo, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Xiaoxiao Xue, Tsinghua University, China

Optical frequency combs have developed dramatically in the last twenty years, their exceptional metrological properties are making them the perfect tool for applications as diverse and the global positioning system, molecular spectroscopy, or LIDAR. This session will focus on frequency comb development and applications. Topics of interest for frequency comb applications include, but are not limited to, novel frequency comb metrology techniques, dual-comb spectroscopy, precision metrology, and optical atomic clocks. We also welcome contributions regarding the development of comb sources, including advances in mode-locked lasers, microresonator-based frequency comb, quantum cascaded lasers for frequency comb, electro-optic frequency comb, novel material and platforms, fibre resonators-based sources, quadratic frequency comb, dissipative temporal and spatiotemporal systems.

Invited Speaker: Maria Soler, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Spain


Imran Cheema, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan

Tatevik Chalyan, Vrije Universiteit Brussell, Belgium
Esen Sokullu, Montreal Clinical Research Institute, Canada

Biophotonics plays a foundational role in solving global health challenges, from understanding fundamental biological processes to accelerating disease diagnosis. This session will focus on recent advances in optical biosensing technologies for a range of applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, integrated biosensors, fiber biosensors, smartphone-based biosensors, wearable biosensors, surface functionalization strategies in biosensors, microfluidics integration with biosensors, and applications of machine learning in biosensors.

Invited Speaker: Miriam Vitiello, Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, Istituto Nanoscienze, Italy



Sean Rodrigues, Toyota Research Institute of North America, United States

Arka Majumdar, University of Washington, United States
Humeyra Caglayan, Tampere University, Finland

The field of nanophotonics continues to evolve as metasurfaces define new ways to interact with light. Metasurfaces enable wide flexibility in manipulating optical waves by utilizing precisely engineered materials to enact control over the structure’s relative refractive index. Given the wide range of functionality offered by metasurfaces, this session will broadly accept talks on the application, fabrication, and simulation of these metamaterials. Topics may include, but are not limited to, nonlinear wave generation, optical processing in free-space, advancements in large-scale fabrication, topological optimization, and optoelectronic modulation.

Invited Speaker: Jason Valentine, Vanderbilt University, United States