Invited Speakers

Track 1: Enabling Technologies in Photonics (ETP)

Chairs: Mr. Alex Gracia (Air Force Research Laboratory), Dr. Monica Allen (Air Force Research Laboratory)

Opening Remarks: Ben Eggleton, University of Sydney, “Enabling Technologies in Photonics”

Abstract: This track will address enabling technologies for photonics. Topics include: microwave optics and RF photonics, higher level devices and integrated systems for photonics, and position navigation and time technologies, as well novel fabrication and characterization methods that enable advanced functionality in photonics.

  • Neda Aghamiri, University of Georgia, GA, USA, “Hyperspectral Time-domain Terahertz Nano Imaging”
  • Daniel Dolfi, Thales Group, FR, “New Trends in Photonics for Radar and Lidar Systems”
  • Laurie (Lorenzo) Faraone, University of Western Australia, Australia, “Gasb-based II-VI Semiconductors for Applications in Next Generation Infrared Detectors ID 63”
  • Charles Middleton, Harris, “Applications of Microwave Photonic Processing”
  • Dennis Prather, U Delaware, DE, USA, “Unlimited Beam-Bandwidth-Product Multifunctional RF Arrays”
  • Siddharth Rajan, OSU, “Next-generation Tunneling Based III-Nitride Visible and Ultraviolet Emitters”
  • Andrey Soloviev, QuNav, USA, “Lidar-based Techniques for Navigation in GPS-challenged Environments”
  • Nian Sun, Northeastern University, MA, USA, “Integrated Magnetoelectric Sensors”
  • Mike Veth, VRA, USA, “Image Aided Navigation Techniques for Autonomous Vehicles”
  • Weimin Zhou, ARL, MD, USA, “Integrated Photonics for RF-Photonic Phased-Array Radar Systems” 

Track 2: Materials and Manufacturing for Advanced Photonics (MMAP)

Chairs: Dr. Ruth Pachter (Air Force Research Laboratory), Prof. Michael Filler (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Opening Remarks: Ruth Pachter, Air Force Research Laboratory, OH, USA “Emerging Materials and Manufacturing Directions in Photonics”

Abstract: We overview emerging materials for innovative directions in photonics applications, for example, for quantum photonics or nonlinear optics. Advanced materials will be discussed, e.g. metallic and semiconducting nanostructures, bulk materials and thin films, and oxides. Scalable manufacturing and rapid prototyping for photonics will be outlined.

  • Seth Bank, University of Texas, TX, USA, “Digital Alloy Growth of Low-noise Avalanche Photodiodes”
  • Jim Cahoon, UNC, NC, USA, “Synthesized Silicon Nanostructures for Optical Switches and THz Electronics”
  • Enam Chowdhury, Ohio State, OH, USA, “Mid-IR Femtosecond Extreme Non-linearity in Materials”
  • Diana Craik, Harvard, MA, USA, “Spin-assisted Spectroscopy for Characterization of Solid-state Qubits”
  • Dennis Delic, Defence, Science and Technology Group, Australia, “Advanced Single Photon Detector Arrays for Imaging Applications”
  • Eric Furst, University of Delaware, DE, USA, “Scalable Directed Self-Assembly of Metamaterials From Nanoparticles”
  • Sid Ghosh, Raytheon, USA, “III-V Strain Layer Superlattice Based Band Engineered Low Noise Avalanche Photodiodes”
  • Francesca Iacopi, University of Technology, Australia, “Towards On-silicon Photonics with Graphene on Silicon Carbide”
  • Edward Kinzel, Missouri University of Science and Technology, MO, USA, “Additive Manufacturing Using Optical Fiber for Photonics Applications”
  • Qiong Ma, MIT, MA, USA, “Nonlinear Optoelectronic Measurements in Novel Quantum Materials”
  • Robert Norwood, University of Arizona, AZ, USA, “Nonlinear Optical Materials and Phenomena”
  • Konstantin Vodopyanov, UCF, FL, USA, “Optical Parametric Oscillation in Random Polycrystalline X(2) Medium” 

Track 3: Optical Emitter/Detector Devices and Integrated Photonics (OEDDIP)

Chairs: Mr. Ronald Rapp (Air Force Research Laboratory), Prof. Daniel Wasserman (University of Texas)

Opening Remarks: Robert Magnusson, “Optical Emitter/Detector Devices and Integrated Photonics”

Abstract: We review integrated photonics including pertinent emitter and detector concepts. We discuss devices and materials enabling imaging and sensing platforms. Topics including silicon photonics, subwavelength structures, nanolasers and emitters, detectors and focal plane arrays, UV optoelectronics, and design and fabrication methods are addressed.

  • Andrew Allerman, Sandia National Lab, NM, USA, “The Growth of Vertically Conducting AIGaN Heterostructures on Patterned GaN Substrates”
  • Joshua Duran, AFRL, OH, USA, “Band Structure and Device Engineering of InGaAs/InAsSb Infrared Photodectectors”
  • Thomas Gaylord, Georgia Tech, GA, USA, “SI/SIO2 Interlayer Coupler Based on Cylindrical Resonant Cavities” 
  • Claire Gmachl, Princeton, NJ, USA, “Long-wavelength, Mid-infrared Lasers and Superluminescence Emitters” 
  • Sanjay Krishna, Ohio State University, OH, USA, “Antimonide Based Infrared Detectors and Focal Plane Arrays” 
  • Timothy Newell, AFRL, NM, USA, “Mode Creation in Quantum Cascade Lasers for High Brightness Applications”
  • Eric Shaner, NM, USA, “Microwave Based Lifetime Measurements and Analysis for Detector Materials” 
  • Zlatko Sitar, Adroit Materials Inc., NC, USA, “A Pathway to UV Laser Diodes”
  • Thomas Wunderer, PARC, USA, “Semiconductor UV Lasers – Conventional and Exotic Approaches”

Track 4: Optical Metamaterials, Plasmonics and Subwavelength Photonics (OMPSP)

Chairs: Dr. Jeffery Allen (Air Force Research Laboratory, FL, USA), Prof. Joshua Caldwell (Vanderbilt University, TN, USA)

Opening Remarks: Nader Engheta, U Penn, USA, “Metaphotonics: Where do we go from here?”

  • Haig Avedis Atikian, Harvard, MA, USA, “Nanostructured Diamond Optics for High Power Laser Applications”
  • Harry Atwater, Caltech, CA, USA, “Tunable Plasmonic & Dielectric Antenna Arrays”
  • David Bruce Burckel, NM, USA, “Unique Properties of 3D Infrared Metamaterials”
  • Jennifer Dionne, Stanford, CA, USA, “Nonreciprocal Nanophotonics with Dielectric and Plasmonic Metasurfaces”
  • Anderson Gomes, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil, “Third Order Nonlinear Optics in Self-Assembled Gold Metasurfaces”
  • Mikhail Kats, WI, USA, “Limiting Optical Diodes”
  • Sung Jin Kim, University of Miami, FL, USA, “Plasmon Field Effect Transistor for Visible to Near IR Detection”
  • Marina Leite, UMD, MD, USA, “Materials with on Demand Optical Response”
  • Daniel Lopez, Argonne, IL, USA, “Ultrathin Dielectric Metasurfaces for Manipulating Visible Light” 
  • Jaykob Maser, UIUC, IL, USA, “Dielectrophoretic Nanaoparticle Propellant Injection with Plasmonic Acceleration”
  • Ting Luk, Sandia, NM, USA, “ENZ Optical Modulator”
  • Kyoungweon Park, AFRL, OH, USA, “From Beaker to an Engineering Platform: Plasmonic Self-assembled Nanostructures”
  • Vladimir Shalaev, Purdue, IN, USA, “Metamaterials 2.0”
  • Gennady Shvets, Cornell, NY, USA, “Actively-tunable Metasurfaces Based on Semiconductors and Metals” 
  • Giuseppe Strangi, Case Western, OH, USA, “Interface of Physics and Biomedicine: The Next Big Thing is at the Nanoscale”
  • Ventsislav Valev, University of Bath, UK, “Ultrafast Optical Pulses for Characterising and Shaping Nanomaterials”

Track 5: Photonics for Defense Systems (PDS)

Chairs: Mr. Robert Orgusaar (Air Force Research Laboratory), Mr. Mark Schmitt (Air Force Research Laboratory)

Opening Remarks: Dalma Novak, Pharad, LLC, “Photonics for Defense Systems – Opening Remarks”

Abstract: Photonic technology provides enhanced capabilities, performance improvements, and design flexibility for a variety of RF/microwave systems. Its signal remoting and distribution capabilities, along with advanced processing functionalities, offer the potential for increased insertion into military platforms. This talk introduces some defense applications of photonics.

  • Michael Deis, Ohio U, OH, USA, “Abstract: T&E Needs in Rapidly Changing Cyber Intensive Environments” 
  • Ronald Driggers, UCF, FL, USA, “Advanced Infrared Target Aquisition Systems”
  • Raul Faichnstein, Johns Hopkins University, MD, USA, “Infrared Scene Projector Based on Vertically Aligner Carbon Nanotubes”
  • Shermineh Rostami Fairchild, Florida Institute of Technology, Physics and Space Sciences Dept., FL, USA, “Free-space RF Confined Guiding with Laser Filaments”
  • Andreas Keipert, “Future Needs in Photonics: A T&E Perspective”
  • Daniel LeMaster, AFRL, OH, USA, “What Causes Disagreements Between Models and Measurements of Imaging System Performance?”
  • Michael MacDougal, “Light Emitting Arrays for High Temperature Scene Projection”
  • Hisham Menkara, “Quantum Dots for Multi-Band Infrared Scene Projector”
  • Diego Pierrottet, NASA, AL, USA, “Lidar Development at NASA Langley Research Center for Vehicle Navigation and Landing in GPS Denied Environments”
  • John Prineas, University of Iowa, USA, “Improved Quantum Efficiency in ALGAINSB/INAS Superlattices for Mid-infrared Optoelectronics”
  • Xiuling Xi, University of Illinois, IL, USA, “Metal-assisted Chemical Etching of β-Ga2O3 and Textured MSM Photodetectors with Enhanced Responsivity”

Track 6: Human State Measurement and Biosensing (HMB)

Chairs: Dr. Rajesh Naik (Air Force Research Laboratory), Dr. Brett Wenner (Air Force Research Laboratory)

Opening Remarks: Rajesh Naik, Air Force Research Laboratory, “Wearable Technologies for Human Performance and Health”

Abstract: Wearable sensing technologies can be used for monitoring the health and performance of our warfighters, to assess operator readiness and be an enabler for human-machine teaming. Challenges reamin with the implementation of wearables in a military domain to include device robustness, data analytics and augmentation strategies.

  • Netz Arroyo, UCSB, “Exploiting Biology-inspired Electrochemical Sensing in the Measurement and Control of Specific Molecular Targets Directly in the Living Body”
  • Thomas R. Bigott, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, “Ongoing Research in Operational Telemedicine at the Tactical Edge”
  • David Chenault, Polaris Sensors, USA, “Metrics for Comparison of Polarimetric and Thermal Target to Background Contrast”
  • Brian Cunningham, UIUC, IL, USA, “Pathogen Sensing and Identification using a Smartphone”
  • Steve Kim, AFRL, “Factors in Biomarker Sensor Development for Human Performance and Protection”
  • Laura Lechuga, CINN, “Spain Nanophotonic Biosensors for High Sensitive Detection of Biomarkers”
  • Matteo Palma, Queen Mary, University of London, UK, “Carbon Nanostructures Hybrids for Multiplexed Sensing and Single-molecule Investigations”
  • Anil Raj, IHMC, USA, “Cognitive State Change Detection Through Multispecitral Sensing”
  • Ervin Sejdic, University of Pttsburgh, USA, “A Human-in-the-loop Monitoring Via a Hybrid Brain-computer Interface Based on Electroencephalography and Functional Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound”
  • Jonathan Yuen, NRL, MD, USA, “Sensing Electronics on Ultra-thin Nanocellulose Sheets”

Track 7: Optical Imaging and Sensing Technology (OIST)

Chairs: Dr. Michael Eismann (Air Force Research Laboratory), Prof. Robert Magnusson (University of Texas at Arlington)

Opening Remarks: Michael Eismann, AFRL, OH, USA, “Airforce S&T Directions in Optical Imaging and Sensing Technology”

  • Abul K. Azad, Los Alamos National Lab, NM, USA, “Harnessing Light-Metasurface Interactions for Enabling Technologies”
  • Mikhail Belkin, U Texas, TX, USA, “Room-temperature THz Quantum Cascade Laser Sources Based on Intra-cavity Difference-frequency Mixing with Improved Outcoupling Efficiency”
  • David Chenault, Polaris Sensors, USA, “IR Polarimetry: Sensors and Applications”
  • Margaret Cheney, CSU, OH, USA, “Doppler-only Imaging”
  • James Gord, AFRL/RQTC, USA, “Laser-Based Diagnostics for Measuring Gas-Phase Temperature and Species”
  • Nick Glumac, UIUC, IL, USA, “Prompt Optical Spectral Signatures of High Explosives”
  • Craig Hoffman, NRL, DC, USA, “Photonics Research at the Naval Research Laboratory”
  • Mike Kudeno, UNSW-Canberra, Australia, “Modulated Polarimeters for Space Situational Awareness”
  • Josep Miquel Jornet, University at Buffalo, NY, USA, “Hybrid Graphene/Semiconductor Technology for Terahertz Communications”
  • Nazih Pala, Florida International University, FL, USA, “Advanced THz Plasmonic Devices”
  • Francis Pantuso, Army, MD, USA, “Polarization Enhanced IR Imagery for Improving Detection of Man-Made Objects”
  • Michael A. Saville, Wright State, OH, USA, “Designing Empirical Lab Experiments for SAR-ATR”
  • Jason Zeibel, Army, MD, USA, “Advances in Hyperspectral Sensors and Phenomenology for Array Applications”
  • Weili Zhang, Oklahoma State, OK, USA, ” Near-field Experimental Characterization of Terahertz Plasmonic Meta-systems”

Track 8: Bioinspired and Bioprincipic Technologies (BBT)

Chair: Mr. Ric Wehling (Air Force Research Laboratory)

Opening Remarks: Ric Wehling, Air Force Research Laboratory, “Why should engineers be interested in vision in animals, especially arthropods?”

Abstract: Nature provides an astonishing array of approaches to the vision problem: extracting information vital for life processes from the electromagnetic radiation field. Our human-engineered optical systems designs could benefit by considering the knowledge being discovered in these systems.

  • Gregor Belusic, University of Ljubljana, Dept. of Biology, Slovania, “Visual Guidance of Polarotactic Horseflies”
  • Kwabena Boahen, Stanford, USA, “Neuromorphic Computing with Mixed Analog-Digital Chips”
  • Alan Gorodetsky, University of California, CA, USA, “Dynamic Materials Inspired by Cephalopods”
  • Timmer Horiuchi, University of Maryland, MD, USA, “A Dynamically-Positioned, Time-Domain Winner-Take-All Circuit for Spike-Based Path Planning”
  • Sonke Johnsen, Duke, NC, USA, “The Biophotonics of Open-Ocean Animals: Anti-Reflective Coatings, Super-Black Skins, and Transparent Interiors” 
  • Mark Massie, Raytheon, FL, USA, “Infrared Biologically-Inspired Imaging Sensors – A Review”
  • Stanley Pau, AZ, USA, “Bioinspired Micro-Optics and Applications to Imaging Polarimetry”
  • Franck Ruffier, AMU, FR, “Local Motion Sensor, Curvace Artificial Compound Eye and M2APIX Retina: From Sensors Design to Robotics Application”  
  • Doekele Stavenga, University of Groningen, “Biomimicry of Insect Eyes and Wings”
  • Miao Yu, UMD, MD, USA, “Bio-inspired Mechanosensors”

Track 9: Novel Phenomena and New Materials for Advanced Photonics (NPNMAP)

Chairs: Prof. Dmitri Basov (Columbia University), Prof. Yohannes Abate (University of Georgia, Athens)

Opening Remarks: Dmitri Basov, Columbia University, NY, USA, “Nano-optical Phenomena in Quantum Materials”

  • Andrea Alu, TX, USA, “Wave Propagation in Time-Modulated Metamaterials”
  • Alireza Fali, University of Georgia, GA, USA, “Nanoimaging and Nano-FTIR of Muscovite Mica”
  • Liang Feng, UPenn, PA, USA, “Quantum Inspired Integrated Photonics”
  • Chris Hammel, Ohio State University, OH, USA, “Local Manipulation and Characterization of Spin and Magnetization Dynamics” 
  • Nicolas Harmon, University of Iowa, IA, USA, “Single Photon Detection Using Chromophores and Nitrogen Vacancies in Diamond”
  • Boubacar Kante, UCSD, CA, USA, “Topological Light Sources”
  • Michal Lipson, Columbia University, NY, USA, “Next Generation Photonics on 2D Materials”
  • Ruth Pachter, AFRL, “Optical Response of Two-dimensional Nanostructures by Theoretical Prediction”
  • Maxim Sukharev, ASU, AZ, USA, “Optics of Hybrid Nanomaterials: From Collective Resonances to Nonlinear Spectroscopy”
  • Xiaodong Xu, UWA,WA, USA, “2D Semiconductor Quantum Optoelectronics”

Track 10: Advanced Nanophotonics Platform (ANP)

Chair: Prof. Hayk Harutyunyan (Emory University)

Opening Remarks: Alexandra Boltasseva, Purdue University, IN, USA

  • Svetlana V. Boriskina, MIT, USA, “Topologically-engineered Flat-surface Metamaterials for the Far- & Near-field Nanophotonics”
  • Mark Brongersma, Stanford, CA, USA, “Resonant Semiconductor Nanostructures for Optoelectronics”
  • Wenshan Cai, Georgia Tech, CA, USA, “Ultrafast All-Optical Modulation of Light with Hot-Carrier Plasmonics”
  • Luca Dal Negro, Boston Univ, MA, USA, “Novel Silicon-compatible Plasmonic Materials”
  • Jacob Khurgin, John Hopkins, MD, USA, “Nanoplasmonics: How to Avoid the Loss”
  • Tomer Lewi, Bar Ilan University, ” Ultrawide Thermal Tuning of Semiconductor Metasurface Resonators”
  • Henri Lezec, NIST, “Surface Plasmon Polariton Laser Based on a Metallic Trench Fabry-Perot Resonator”
  • Otto Muskens, University of Southhampton, UK, , UK, “Infrared and Active Photonics Using Nanoantennas and Metasurfaces”
  • Christian Nijhuis, National University of Singapore, Singapore, “Highly Efficient Excitation of Plasmons Across (Molecular) Tunneling Junctions”
  • Vladimir Shalaev, Purdue, USA, “New Materials and Designs for Nano-& Topo-Photonics”
  • Jason Valentine, Vanderbilt, TN, USA, ” Dynamic All-Dielectric Metasurfaces”