25th Congress of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) • 16th International Conference on Optics Within Life Sciences (OWLS)
Winner of the 2016-ICO Prize
Andrea Alu (CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, City University of New York, NY, USA)
Extreme Light-Matter Interactions in Polaritonic Metasurfaces

I will discuss our recent progress in controlling and tailoring light using polaritonic metasurfaces. I will discuss in particular the role of broken symmetries in enhancing and control light-matter interactions at the nanoscale.

Curriculum Vitae
Andrea Alù is Einstein Professor and Founding Director at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center. He received his Laurea (2001) and PhD (2007) from the University of Roma Tre, Italy.

Winner of the 2017 Galileo Galilei Medal
Alexander I. Nosich (Institute of Radiophysics and Electronics NASU, Laboratory of Micro and Nano Optics, Kharkiv, Ukraine)
Microcavity lasers and plasmonic nanolasers on threshold: Essentials and examples of full-wave electromagnetic analysis

Quoting Niels Bohr, “Each time when we need something working, we have to descend from the heights of quantum theory to Maxwell equations, and sometimes even to Newton equations.” This is about the lasers too.

Curriculum Vitae
IEEE Fellow (2004), DHC Universite de Rennes (2015), ICO Galilei Medal (2017), National Prize (2017), NASU Solomon Pekar Award in Solid-State Physics (2018), OSA Fellow (2019), National Research Foundation of Ukraine (2019-2022), H-index = 36.

Jorge Ojeda-Castañeda (Universidad de Guanajuato, Salamanca, Mexico)
Tunable optical systems using phase conjugate pairs

We use pairs of helical modulated phase masks, for controlling the optical path of refractive elements. This allows us to tune the optical power of lenses, to implement aberration generators, and to create diffraction attenuators.

Curriculum Vitae
Jorge Ojeda-Castañeda. Ph. D., University of Reading, United Kingdom (1976). B. Sc, National Autonomous University of México, México (1972). Jorge has written 174 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals and 119 papers in conference proceedings.

Winner of the 2017-ICO Prize
Francesca Calegari (DESY-Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, Hamburg, Germany)
Winner of the 2018-ICO Prize
Mikael Rechtsmann (Penn State University, Physics, University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America)
Topological Photonics

The goal of the field of topological photonics is to employ "topological protection" (as originally conceived for solid-state electronic devices) to protect photonic devices against parasitic disorder. I will provide an introduction and overview.

Winner of the 2018 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize
Can Bayram (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Urbana, Illinois, United States of America)
Cubic-phase III-nitrides for Next Generation Quantum Devices

Here we report band structure engineering of cubic-phase III-nitride semiconductors and provide access to previously unseen quantum phenomena in III-nitride heterostructures for use in advanced energy devices.

Curriculum Vitae
Prof. Can Bayram is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA. He is an expert in III-V materials, and photonic and electronic devices.

Winner of the 2019-Galileo Galilei Medal
Malik Maaza (UNISA &iThemba LABS-NRF, UNESCO Africa Chair, Somerset West, South Africa)
Biomimicking for Solar energy conversion & Solar Heat management

The natural world is rich in nanostructured systems. Generally, such a multiscale nanostructuring is correlated to various functionalities such as body thermal regulation among others.

Winner of the 2019 ICO-IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Optics
Chao-Yang Lu (University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China)
Toward quantum computational advantage with photons
Winner of the 2017 ICO-IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Optics
Giulia Grancini

Important Dates

24 April 2022
Extended Deadline for papers

22 May 2022
1st Early bird registration deadline

May 2022
Abstract acceptance / grants application

June 2022
Program issue

27 July 2022
2nd Early bird registration deadline

5 - 9 September 2022
ICO-25 - OWLS-16


Important Information

A Special Issue of the Journal of the European Optical Society – Rapid Publications (JEOS:RP) with papers from the congress ICO-25-OWLS-16-Dresden-Germany-2022 is planned. The general chair of the congress, Prof Juergen Czarske is associate editor of the JEOS:RP: jeos.springeropen.com


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