U.S./Middle East Conference on Photonics - November 4-6, 2019

Conference Outline

The conference will take place from Monday-Wednesday, November 4-6 at the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) on the campus of City College. Scientific sessions with invited talks will be held over the course of all three days.

All invited talks will be held in the main-floor auditorium of the ASRC.  The talks will be open to the public and will be live-streamed online for remote participation. Attendees are encouraged to use the cafe and other informal meeting spaces on each floor of the ASRC to meet and work together between sessions.

Aside from the public scientific sessions, there will be a breakout session in which 2-4 groups from different regions working on related problems will interact directly. Younger scientists will be encouraged to sit in on these discussions.

All invited talks will be recorded and made available for online viewing after the conference.


Session Chair: Andrea Alú
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:15 a.m. Federico CapassoHarvard University, Cambridge
Multifunctional Metasurface Flat Optics
9:40 a.m. Nader EnghetaUniversity of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Photonic Mathematics
10:05 a.m. Dmitry BasovColumbia University, New York City
Programmable Quantum Materials
10:30 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. Demetrios ChristodoulidesUniversity of Central Florida (CREOL), Orlando
Optical Thermodynamics of highly-multimoded nonlinear photonic systems
11:25 a.m. Igal BrenerSandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque
Nonlinear Optics with Metasurfaces and Epsilon Near Zero Materials
11:50 a.m. Lunch and APS Poster Session
Session Chair: Michael Shlesinger
1:00 p.m. Mercedeh KhajavikhanUniversity of Central Florida (CREOL), Orlando
Enhanced Sagnac Sensitivity at Exceptional Points
1:25 p.m. Mikael RechtsmanPenn State University, State College
Nonlinear topological photonics
1:50 p.m. Francisco J. Garcia-VidalUniversidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Manipulating matter in dressed vacuum
2:15 p.m. E. Ercan AlpArgonne National Laboratory, SESAME
Modern Applications of X-Ray Spectroscopy at Synchrotron Sources
2:40 p.m. Owen D. MillerYale University, New Haven
Maximal Free-Space Concentration of Light
3:05 p.m. Break
Session Chair: Manolis Antonoyiannakis
3:30 p.m. Tsampikos KottosWesleyan University, Middletown
Light Propagation in Disordered Multimode Fibers
3:55 p.m. Andrea FrattalocchiKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal
Ultra-flat meta-optics with experimental efficiency exceeding 98% in the visible for vectorial light control designed via artificial intelligence
4:20 p.m. Hakan TüreciPrinceton University, Princeton
Quantum Electrodynamics with non-Hermitian modes
The following activities will be held at The Graduate Center, CUNY
6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Reception
(registered attendees only)
6:30 p.m. Panel:
Photonics 3.0: A Worldwide Quest for the Next Technology Revolution

The Graduate Center, CUNY
7:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Reception
(general public)
7:45 p.m. Early-Career Scientist Symposium
Session Chair: Tsampikos Kottos
9:00 a.m. Mordechai SegevTechnion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
Topological Photonics
9:25 a.m. Vladimir ShalaevPurdue University, West Lafayette
Plasmonic Metamaterials Meet Quantum
9:50 a.m. Ewold VerhagenFOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF), Amsterdam
Photons and phonons move like electrons: Unidirectional and topological states of light and sound at the nanoscale
10:15 a.m. Sahin Özdemir, Penn State University
Optomechanics and Optics at non-Hermitian Degeneracies
10:40 a.m. Coffee Break
11:05 a.m. Alexandra BoltassevaPurdue University, West Lafayette
Artificial Intelligence Assisted Photonic Design and Measurements
11:30 a.m. Giuseppe StrangiCase Western Reserve University, Cleveland
Crossroads Between Photonics and Biology: The Next Big Thing will be at the Nanoscale
11:55 a.m. Lunch/Poster Session
Session Chair: Mikael Rechtsman
1:00 p.m. A. Douglas StoneYale University, New Haven
Theory of Reflectionless Scattering Modes
1:25 p.m. Carl BenderWashington University, St. Louis
PT symmetry
1:50 p.m. Jacob KhurginJohns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Miniature Lasers: what does and what does not matter?
2:15 p.m. Ori KatzHebrew University, Jerusalem
Imaging with Scattered Light
2:40 p.m. Patrick SebbahBar-Ilan, CNRS, Ramat-Gan and Paris
From Opaque to Transparent: Control of Light Scattering by Gain and Loss
3:05 p.m. Break
Session Chair: Vinod Menon
3:30 p.m. Simon Gröblacher, Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands
Quantum optomechanics at room temperature
3:55 p.m. Ben SteinbergTel Aviv University
Metamaterials on a carousel: a journey in a non-inertial landscape
4:20 p.m. Michael WeinsteinColumbia University, New York City
Edge States and the Valley Hall Effect
4:45 p.m. Evgenii NarimanovPurdue University, West Lafayette
Ballistic Metamaterials
Session Chair: Matthew Sfeir
9:00 a.m. Amnon YarivCalifornia Institute of Technology, Pasadena
The Semiconductor for Laser The Next Phase
9:25 a.m. Alireza MarandiCalifornia Institute of Technology, Pasadena
Half-Harmonic Generation: Enabling Photonic Solutions for Molecular Sensing and Non-Classical Computing
9:50 a.m. Alexander GaetaColumbia University, New York City
Synchronization of Microresonator Frequency Comb
10:15 a.m. Ertugrul Cubukcu, University of California, San Diego
Ultimate Thickness Limit of Optical Waveguiding and Resonators for Visible Photons
10:40 a.m. F. Omer Ilday, Bilkent University
Ultra-efficient laser-material processing in the ablation-cooled regime
11:05 a.m. Lunch and APS Poster Session
Session Chair: Azriel Genack
1:25 p.m. Yaron BrombergHebrew University, Jerusalem
Shaping the Wavefront of Entangled Photons
1:50 p.m. Ziad MusslimaniFlorida State University, Tallahassee
Solitons in complex integrable media
2:15 p.m. Hasan YilmazYale University, New Haven
Controlling coherent light propagation through opaque media
2:40 p.m. Stephen ArnoldNYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
From the death of an icon to the birth of the world’s most sensitive photonic biosensor
3:05 p.m. Break
Session Chair: Andrea Alù
3:30 p.m. Andrea Blanco-RedondoNOKIA Bell Labs
Topological quantum photonics
3:55 p.m. Yakir HadadTel Aviv University
Wave engineering in active and dynamic media
4:20 p.m. Ying WuKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal
Zero-index material
4:45 p.m. Award Ceremony and Closing Remarks