Session Chair: Virginijus Barzda, University of Toronto, Canada
Biophotonics and sensors encompass a range of rapidly advancing technologies. Superresolution and deep tissue nonlinear optical microscopy, fiber-optic and optical waveguide techniques, novel in-vivo optical methods, as well as surface plasmon resonances, micromechanical oscillators, microcavity resonators, nanoparticles and fluorescent markers are being widely investigated for novel imaging and sensing applications. Theory, simulation, and experiment are combining to produce new capabilities and applications, for example in optofluidics, advanced microscopy and brain imaging. The ultimate detection limit of some of these new devices can approach the single molecule level, with specificity ensured via chemical functionalization. Photonic sensors can feature multiplexed analysis and are compatible with microfluidics or “lab-on-a-chip” geometries that are enabling the development of small footprint devices. Many new techniques and novel prototypes have been developed in recent years. This session encourages the submission of abstracts relating to all types of optical imaging and sensing technologies.
Green photonics, energy, and related technologies
Session Chair: Maxime Darnon, Sherbrooke University, Canada
Efficient utilization of light, both natural and artificial, is an essential goal of photonics technology. This session investigates photovoltaics and photonics applications in energy efficiency and manufacturing. Paper with novel results in the following topics will be considered: Materials, Characterization techniques, Numerical modeling, Advanced light management and spectral shaping, Devices including photovoltaics, LEDs, power converters, low power sensors, fuels generation, System architectures, Solar resource and economics models, Converged bidirectional power and data andAgricultural adaptations
High Power Laser Technology, Ultrafast Optics and Applications
Session Chair: Arkady Major, University of Manitoba, Canada
This session will provide a forum to present and explore recent developments in the areas of high power laser technology, ultrafast optics and applications. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas: advances in laser sources; ultrafast solid-state, fiber, waveguide and semiconductor laser sources; nonlinear frequency conversion; high peak power lasers and amplification technologies; high intensity laser-matter interactions; laser-based XUV and X-ray sources; applications of novel short wavelength sources; laser-based particle acceleration; attosecond science; high harmonic generation; relativistic nonlinear phenomena; intense pulse propagation; sources of THz radiation; THz spectroscopy, sensing, and imaging; new THz measurement techniques; THz nonlinear optics; ultrafast devices, systems and measurement techniques; applications of ultrafast technology.
Nonlinear Optics, Nanophotonics and Plasmonics
Session Chair: Luca Razzari, INRS University, Canada
This session aims at giving an overview on recent trends and achievements in nonlinear optics, nanophotonics and plasmonics, with a particular emphasis on fundamental nonlinear radiation-matter interactions, practical applications of nonlinear spectroscopy, integrated nonlinear optical devices, deep-subwavelength investigations, nanostructures and nanomaterials for photonics, nanoplasmonic systems, metasurfaces and metamaterials. We encourage the submission of abstracts that are related to one or more of the above topics.
Session Chair: Robert Corriveau, Photons Canada, Canada
Photonics technologies provides excellent tools for manufacturing optical components and equipments as well as equipments in all application fields. This session therefore includes photonic solutions for manufacturing and measurement processes which are very important to improve industrial productivity.
Session Chair: Tigran Galstian, COPL, Canada
Innovative photonic solutions often heavily rely on material properties of components used. The traditional approach was to choose those materials at relatively late stages of the design. However, many solutions may benefit from the “smart” design of optical materials keeping in mind their specific use. Multi-functional optical materials are the focus of our attention in this symposium. We would like invite contributions describing innovative photonic devices with particularly emphasized role of photonic materials used as well as innovative multifunctional photonic materials that may enable new photonic devices. The symposium is also open for contributions describing natural photonic materials and structures (since we have so much to learn from the nature) as well as materials with potential use in biophotonics and biomedicine.
Photonic theory design and simulations
Session Chair: Pavel Cheben, National Research Council, Canada
This session focuses on the physics, design and simulations of optical and photonic structures, devices and systems. It is intended to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas on optics, photonics and optoelectronics theory, design, simulation and verification techniques at different levels, including material properties, components, devices, systems, fabrication, and applications. The session covers a wide range of topics in photonic theory, simulation and design, including: waveguide photonic bandgap engineering, microcavities, passive and active photonic devices, sensors, diffractive and subwavelength structures, integrated optical circuits for datacom, WDM and coherent communication systems, light sources, photodetectors, modulators, amplifiers, wavelength converters, switches, couplers, resonators, filters, free-space optics, optical interconnects, optics for aerospace and defense, photonic design automation, manufacturing and verification tools, and novel algorithms and photonic CAD software for photonics and integration with electronics.
Light-matter Interactions at the quantum limit: atoms, molecules and photons
Session Chair: Benjamin Sussman, National Research Council, Canada
Considerable efforts are underway globally to employ fundamental aspects of quantum physics to develop quantum technologies. This session will bring together leading theoretical and experimental physicists to discuss the latest developments in various implementations of quantum applications using atoms, molecules, and photons.