Simons Collaboration:
Harnessing Universal Symmetry Concepts for Extreme Wave Phenomena

Past Talks and Activities

Year One

  • Alù, “Topological Light and Sound”, Summer School on Topological Matter, August 30, 2021
  • Alù, “Polaritonic Metasurfaces”, METANANO School on Photonics of 2D Materials, July 23, 2021
  • Alù, “Metasurfaces for Electromagnetic and Wireless Systems”, Distinghsuished Lecture, IEEE AP-S Summer School and 2nd International Metamaterial Workshop, July 17, 2021
  • Alù, “Metamaterial Technologies to Control Light, Radio Waves and Sound”, Lyteloop, July 2, 2021
  • Alù, “Metasurfaces for Radio-Frequency and Wireless Systems”, Elettronica, Roma, Italy, June 30, 2021
  • Alù, “Harnessing Broken Symmetries for Extreme Wave Phenomena”, Langevin summer school, June 29, 2021
  • Alù, “Polaritonic Metasurfaces”, University of California San Diego, June 2, 2021
  • Alù, “Nonlocal Metasurfaces”, Applied Materials, Flat Optics Open Innovation Workshop, May 27, 2021
  • Alù, “Metamaterials with Broken Symmetries”, Argonne National Laboratory, May 27, 2021
  • Alù, “Exotic Wave-Matter Interactions in Metamaterials”, IEEE AP-MTT Bangalore Chapter, April 15, 2021
  • Alù, “Extreme Wave Phenomena in Time-Varying Metamaterials”, Imperial College, March 31, 2021
  • Alù, “Exotic Interactions with Light and Sound in Metamaterials”, University of Toronto, March 18, 2021
  • Alù, “Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces”, 42nd European Doctoral School on Metamaterials, March 9, 2021
  • Alù, “Exotic  Interactions  with  Light  and  Sound  in  Metamaterials  with  Broken  Symmetries”, Northeastern University, February 26, 2021
  • Alù, “Exotic Wave-Matter Interactions Based on Metamaterials”, University of Pavia, February 11, 2021
  • Alù, “Optical Metamaterials Based on Broken Symmetries”, New York City College of Technology, Feb. 4, 2021
  • Alù, “Metamaterials with Broken Symmetries”, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, January 19, 2021
  • Alù, “Exotic Wave-Matter Interactions in Metamaterials with Broken Symmetries”, ITMO University, December 16, 2020
  • Alù, “Optical Metamaterials Based on Broken Symmetries”, Tel Aviv University, November 17, 2020
  • Alù, “Exotic Wave-Matter Interactions in Metamaterials Based on Broken Symmetries”, University of Illinois at Chicago, November 6, 2020
  • Alù, “Harnessing Broken Symmetries for Metamaterial Sensing”, Nocturno Workshop, November 4, 2020
  • Alù, “Metamaterials Based on Broken Symmetries”, University of Buffalo, October 29, 2020
  • Bertoldi, “Multistable structures – from energy trapping to morphing”, University of Michigan, November 3, 2020
  • Bertoldi, “Deployable origami structures”, University of Iowa, March 4, 2021
  • Bertoldi, “Origami: from deployable structures to robots”, University of Syracuse, April 30, 2021
  • Bertoldi, “Multistable structures: from deployable structures to robots”, Institute of Science and Technology Austria, May 10, 2021
  • Bertoldi, “Physics of Flexible Mechanical Metamaterials”, UMass Summer School on Complex Fluids and Soft Solids, June 2-4, 2021
  • Bertoldi, “Multistable inflatable origami: from deployable structures to robots”, Acoustic, mechanical and thermal metamaterials seminar, June 15, 2021
  • Christodoulides, “Symmetries, quantum analogies and thermodynamics in optics and photonics,” Walter Schottky Institute, May 25, 2021
  • Christodoulides, “Optical Thermalization in Highly Multimoded Integrated Nonlinear 2D Photonic Membrane Systems,” CLEO: QELS_Fundamental Science. Optical Society of America, May 09-14, 2021.
  • Christodoulides, “Establishing a Rigorous Relation Between Thermodynamic and Electrodynamic Pressures in Highly Multimoded Nonlinear Dielectric Waveguides,” CLEO: QELS_Fundamental Science. Optical Society of America, May 09-14, 2021.
  • Christodoulides, “Thermalization of Orbital Angular Momentum in Highly Multimoded Nonlinear Optical Fibers,” CLEO: QELS_Fundamental Science. Optical Society of America, May 09-14, 2021.
  • Engheta, “Structuring Light with Spatiotemporal Metamaterials,” Physics Department, University of Trento, Trento, Italy, November 11, 2020 (online).
  • Engheta, “Structuring Light with Spatiotemporal Metamaterials,” Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California Davis, Davis, CA, December 4, 2020 (online).
  • Engheta, “Structuring Light with Spatiotemporal Metamaterials,” The Mercer Distinguished Lecture Series, Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, December 9, 2020 (online).
  • Engheta, “Structuring Light with Spatiotemporal Metamaterials,” Department of Physics, MIT, Cambridge, MA, December 10, 2020 (online).
  •  Engheta,   “Structuring   Light   with   Spatiotemporal   Metamaterials,”   The    Toronto    IEEE-AP- S/SPIE/OSA/PIC Chapter, Toronto, Canada (online), January 20, 2021 (online).
  • Engheta, “Structuring Light with Spatiotemporal Metamaterials,” The Appunti di Fisica, Universita di Messina, Italy (online), January 28, 2021 (online).
  • Engheta, “Structuring Light with Spatiotemporal Metamaterials,” Physics Department, University of Iowa (online), February 16, 2021 (online).
  • Engheta, “Structuring Light with Spatiotemporal Metamaterials,” The CREOL University of Central Florida (online), March 5, 2021 (online).
  • Engheta, “Structuring Light with Spatiotemporal Metamaterials,” Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Utah (online), March 8, 2021 (online).
  • Engheta, “Structuring Light with Spatiotemporal Metamaterials,” College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona (online), April 29, 2021 (online).
  • Engheta, “Structuring Light with Spatiotemporal Metamaterials,” IEEE AP/MTT joint Scotland Chapter, University of Glasgow, June 3, 2021 (online).
  • Engheta, “4D Metastructures for Waves and Diffusion Phenomena,” The MetaMat (Mechanical-Acoustic- Thermal) Imperial College (online), February 2, 2021 (online).
  • Engheta, “A Journey with Waves and Matters,” (2021 Distinguished Lecture Series of the College of Engineering, Villanova University) April 9, 2021 (online)
  • Engheta, “A Journey with Waves and Matters,” The Tempere University SPIE Student Chapter (online), February 4, 2021 (online).
  • Engheta, “Extreme Optical Metamaterials and Applications,” The OSA Optical Society of Southern California (OSA-OSSC) (online), February 10, 2021 (online).
  • Engheta, Metaphotonics,” The iCAN-X talk (online), May 28, 2021 (online).
  • Engheta, Extreme Metamaterials,” National Research Council of Canada, Nanotechnology Research Center, June 2, 2021 (online).
  • Engheta, “Photonic Metamaterials” Short Course (SC438) at the 2021 Conference on Laser and Electrooptics/Quantum Electronics and Laser Science (CLEO/QELS), San Jose, CA, May 11, 2021.
  • Engheta, “Near-Zero-Index Media and Dispersion Engineering,” a tutorial talk at the 2020 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall/Spring 2020 (online), November 27, 2020.
  • Fink, “Wave control in complex media with intelligent metasurface,” Webinar Series on acoustic mechanical metamaterials, December 2020
  • Fink, “Wave control in complex media for wireless communications”, Vebleo Webinar on Materials Science, Engineering and Technology, January 2021
  • Fink, “Wave control in complex media : from time-reversal to reconfigurable intelligent surfaces”, TII Advanced Material Seminar, February 2021
  • Pestourie, G. Chomette, Y. Mroueh, P. Das, R. Radovitzky, & S. G. Johnson (2021). “Active learning of deep surrogates for PDEs.” ICLR SimDL Workshop, 5.
  • Pestourie & S. G. Johnson (2021). “Complex design of metasurfaces.” OSA Optical Design and Fabrication Congress.
  • Benzaoiua, J. Michon, R. Christiansen, W. Yao, O. Miller, O. Sigmund, & S. G. Johnson (2021), “Limits to surface-enhanced Raman scattering near arbitrary-shape scatterers,” SPIE Photonics West.
  • Benzaouia (August 2021), “On applications of resonances: From one to infinity,” seminar at Stanford University for S. Fan research group (EECS).
  • Khanikaev, “Topological photonic and polaritonics”, Colloquium at the Physics Department, Texas Tech University, March 23, 2020. (online)
  • Kottos, “Sublinear Response as a means for Hypersensitive Sensing”, Colloquium, University of Haifa, April 7, 2021
  • Kottos, “Non-Hermitian wave Transport with Spatio-Temporal Symmetries”, Precision Many-Body Physics Seminar, UMass Amherst, March 1, 2021
  • Kottos, “Sublinear Response as a means for Hypersensitive Sensing”, Colloquium, Univ. of Crete, February 25, 2021
  • G. Silveirinha, Lecturer on “Topological photonics” and co-organizer of the “Quantum Matter Research internship” (3 months summer school), Sept. 2020.
  • G. Silveirinha, “Nonreciprocal and topological electromagnetics”, Colloquium at the Exeter Metamaterials Center, Exeter, UK, 13 Nov, 2020.
  • G. Silveirinha, “Nonreciprocal and topological electromagnetics”, Sociedade Brasileira de Metamateriais, 18 Dec, 2020, (Online).
  • G. Silveirinha, “Fractional Chern numbers and topological pumping in photonic systems”, Advanced Photonics Colloquium, 12 Jan 2021
  • G. Silveirinha, “Metamaterials: A new twist in electromagnetism”, Univ. Nova Lisboa, Portugal, 19 Feb. 2021.
  • G. Silveirinha, “Topological and Non-Hermitian Electromagnetism”, OSA Webinar, 30 April 2021.
  • D. Stone, “Non-Hermitian Eigenvalue Problems: A General Framework”, Simons Collaboration Seminar, Feb 15, 2021
  • Vitelli, “Non reciprocal phase transitions, WAM Seminar, Harvard, April 16, 2021
  • Vitelli, “Non reciprocal phase transitions”, Physics Department, University of Minnesota, February 24, 2021
  • Vitelli, “Non reciprocal phase transitions”, Physics Department Colloquium, Drexel, January 28, 2021
  • Vitelli, “Non reciprocal phase transitions”, Physics Department Colloquium, CUNY, December 7, 2020
  • Vitelli, “Non reciprocal phase transitions”, Physics Department Colloquium, UCLA, December 3, 2020
  • Vitelli, “Non reciprocal phase transitions”, Physics Department Colloquium, George Town, November 7, 2020
  • Vitelli, “Machine learning active nematic hydrodynamics”, Physics Department, Technion, November 11, 2020
  • Bender, “PT Symmetry,” Holotube Network (Webinars on applied holography), 10/13/2020
  • Bender, “PT Symmetry,” Sci-Foo (Google) Conference, 10/24/2020
  • Bender, “PT Symmetry,” Cornell University colloquium, 11/09/2020
  • Bender, “PT Symmetry,” Technical University Dresden, Germany, colloquium, 12/15/2020
  • Bender, “PT Symmetry,” Center for Theoretical Physics of Complex Systems. S. Korea, colloquium, 01/18/2021
  • Bender, “PT Symmetry,” University of Bangalore, India, colloquium, 04/16/2021
  • Bender, “PT Symmetry,” Simons group meeting presentation, 06/07/2021
  • Bender, “Unmasking PT Symmetry,” Australian National University, colloquium, 08/26/2021

Andrea Alù

T1. Metamaterial   Structures   for   Advanced   Sensing   and   Information   Processing,”   XXXIII  General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI GASS), Roma, Italy, August 29 – September 5, 2021, (invited talk).

T2. “Exotic Leaky- Wave Phenomena in Meta- Structures and Their Connections to the Electromagnetic Pioneers f rom Last Century,” XXXIII General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI GASS), Roma, Italy, August 29 – September 5, 2021, (invited talk).

T3. “Metamaterials Based on Broken Symmetries,” XXXIII General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI GASS), Roma, Italy, August 29 – September 5, 2021, (invited talk).

T4. “Tailoring Nanoscale Light with Polaritonic Metasurfaces,” AAAFM-UCLA International Conference on Advances in Functional Materials, August 18-20, 2021, (plenary talk).

T5. “Metamaterials Baked on Broken Symmetries,” 2021 IEEE International Conference on Manipulation, Manufacturing and Measurement on the Nanoscale (3M Nano), Xi’an, China, August 2-6, 2021, (keynote talk).

T6. “Exotic Wave- Matter Interactions in Metamaterials Based on Broken Symmetries,” IEEE Research and Applications of Photonics in Defense (RAPID), August 2-4, 2021, (plenary talk).

T7. “Spatio- Temporally Modulated Metamaterials,” 2021 International Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) Symposium, August 1-5, 2021, (invited talk).

T8. “Time- Varying Metamaterials,” 2021 International Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) Symposium, August 1-5, 2021, (plenary talk).

T9. “Exotic Scattering Features in Plasmonic Structures,” SPIE Optics and Photonics, San Diego, CA, August 1-5, 2021, (invited talk).

T10. “Optical Metamaterials Based on Broken Symmetries,” SPIE Optics and Photonics, San Diego, CA, August 1-5, 2021, (invited talk).

T11. Magnet Free  Approaches  for  Nonreciprocal  Photonics,”  OSA Advanced Photonics Congress, July 26-30, 2021, (tutorial talk).

T12. “Nonlocal Metasurfaces,” 12th International Conference on Information Optics and Photonics (CIOP 2021), Xi’an, China, July 23-26, 2021, (invited talk).

T13. “Nonlocal Metasurfaces,” International Conference on Materials for Humanity (MH 21), July 6-9, 2021, (invited talk).

T14. “Active, Time- Varying and Nonlinear Metasurfaces for Enhanced Wireless Communications,” Joint European Conference on Networks and Communications (EUCNC) & 6G Summit, Porto, Portugal, June 8-11, 2021, (keynote talk).

T15. “Spatio- Temporal Metasurfaces,” International Microwave Symposium, Atlanta, GA, June 6-11, 2021, (invited talk).

T16. “Homogenization and Effective Constitutive Parameters o f Electromagnetic Metamaterials,” 15th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EUCAP), Virtual Conference, March 22-26, 2021, (invited talk).

T17. “Gain- Free Routes to Parity- Time Symmetry and Non- Hermitian Physics,” SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, CA, March 6-11, 2021, (invited talk).

T18. “Nonlocal Metasurfaces,” SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, CA, March 6-11, 2021, (invited talk).

T19. “Polaritonic Metasurfaces,” SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, CA, March 6-11, 2021, (invited talk).

T20. “Nanostructured Metasurfaces for Optical Wavefront Manipulation,” SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, CA, March 6-11, 2021, (invited talk).

T21. “New Frontiers for Wave Engineering Using Metamaterials,” European Microwave Week, Utrecht, Netherlands, January 10-15, 2021, (plenary talk).

T22. “Virtual Absorption and Gain Through Excitation at Complex Frequencies,” National Radio Science Meeting, January 4-9, 2021, (invited talk).

T23. “Optical Metamaterials Based on Broken Symmetries,” Smart Nanomaterials (SNAIA 2020), Paris, France, December 8-11, 2020, (plenary talk).

T24. “All- Dielectric Nonlocal Metasurfaces,” Smart Nanomaterials (SNAIA 2020), Paris, France, December 8-11, 2020, (invited talk).

T25. “Magnet- Free Routes to Nonreciprocal Photonics,” ECOC 2020, Brussels, Belgium, December 6-10, 2020, (invited talk).

T26. “Extreme Wave Interactions in Metamaterials with Broken Symmetries,” MRS Fall and Fall Meeting & Exhibit, Boston, MA, November 28-December 4, 2020, (plenary talk).

T27. “Twisted Polaritonics,” MRS Fall and Fall Meeting & Exhibit, Boston, MA, November 28-December 4, 2020, (keynote talk).

T28. “Exotic Light- Matter Interactions in Metamaterials with Broken Symmetries,” MRS Fall and Fall Meeting & Exhibit, Boston, MA, November 28-December 4, 2020, (tutorial talk).

T29. Harnessing  Broken  Symmetries  in  Metamaterials  for  Sensing  Applications,”  Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (INO)Annual Symposium, Boston, MA, November 28-December 4, 2020, (keynote talk).

T30. “Exotic Wave- Matter Interactions in Metamaterials Based on Broken Symmetries,” International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE), Portland, OR, November 15-19, 2020, (plenary talk).

T31. “Harnessing Broken Symmetries for Extreme Wave Phenomena,” Simons MPS Annual Meeting, New York, NY, October 15-16, 2020, (plenary talk).

T32. “Polaritonic Metasurfaces for Enhanced Light- Matter Interactions,” 4th International Conference on Photonics and Optical Engineering (icPOE 2020), Xi’an, China, October 15-16, 2020, (invited talk).

T33. “Broken Symmetries in Phononic and Mechanical Metamaterials,” Nanoscience Days, October 6-7, 2020, (plenary talk).

Katia Bertoldi

T34. “Programming Sequences in Multistable Mechanical Metamaterials,” APS March Meeting, March 15-19, 2021.

Nader Engheta

T35. (Plenary) N. Engheta, “Metacomputing with Metastructures,” METANANO’20  online  conference (originally planned to be held in Tbilisi, Georgia), September 14-18, 2020.

T36. (Plenary) N. Engheta, “Metastructures with Four Dimensions and High Degrees of Freedom,” 14th International Congress on Artificial Materials for Novel Wave Phenomena, (online) New York, NY, USA, September 28-October 3, 2020.

T37. (Invited) N. Engheta, “ENZ Optics,” 14th International Congress on Artificial Materials for Novel Wave Phenomena, (online) New York, NY, USA, September 28-October 3, 2020.

T38. (Invited) N. Engheta, “Metamaterial Computing Machines,” at the 2020 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall/Spring 2020 (online), November 27-December 4, 2020.

T39. (Keynote) N. Engheta, “Wave Interaction in Spatiotemporal Metastructures,” a keynote talk at the 2020 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall/Spring 2020 (online), November 27-December 4, 2020.

T40. (Keynote) N. Engheta, “Metamaterials that Solve Equations,” a keynote talk at the 2020 Mediterranean Microwave Symposium (online), December 9-11, 2020.

T41. (Plenary) N. Engheta, “Extreme Metastructures,” a plenary talk at the 2020 Asia-Pacific Microwave Conference (online), Hong Kong, December 8-11, 2020.

T42. (Plenary) N. Engheta, “Four-Dimensional Spatiotemporal Metamaterials,” a plenary talk at the 2021 URSI-USNC National Radio Science Meeting (online), January 4-9, 2021.

T43. (Plenary) N. Engheta, “Nanophotonics as Computing Machines,” a plenary talk at the 2021 SPIE Advanaced Lithography Symposium (online), February 21-25, 2021.

T44. (Keynote) N. Engheta, “Four-Dimensional (4D) Metamaterials for Structuring Fields and Waves,” a keynote talk at the 2021 Marina Forum on EMetamaterials Singapore (online), March 4-5, 2021.

T45. (Keynote) N. Engheta, “Structuring Light with 4D Metamaterials,” a keynote talk at the 2021 Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting (online), April 18-22, 2021.

T46. (Plenary) N. Engheta, “4D Metastructures,” a plenary talk at the 2021 Waves in Time-Varying Media Workshop (online), April 28, 2021. (Presented by N. Engheta).

T47. (Invited) N. Engheta, “Functional Four-Dimensional Metastructures,” at the Spatiotemporal Metastructures for Microwave Applications at the 2021 International Microwave Symposium (IMS’21), (online), June 25, 2021.

T48. (Invited) N. Engheta, “4D Metamaterials,” at the Summer School on “Wave Propagation and Control  in Complex Media: From Order to Disorder,” Paris, France (online), June 28, 2021.

T49. (Invited) E. Nahvi, I. Liberal and N. Engheta, “Nonlinear Doping of Epsilon-Near-Zero Media,” an invited talk at the 2021 META’21: The 11th International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics, Warsaw, Poland (online), July 22, 2021 (presented by N. Engheta)

T50. (Plenary) N. Engheta, “4D Structured Waves,” a plenary talk at the 2021  META’21:  The  11th International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics, Warsaw, Poland (online), July 22, 2021

Mathias Fink

T51. “ A metamaterial approach to the cochlear wave,” Forum Acusticum 2020 Congress, December 7-11, 2020 (invited talk).

T52. “Wave control in complex media: from time- reversal to reconfigurable intelligent surfaces,” 6G Wireless Foundations Forum, EURECOM, June 2021 , plenary Talk)

T53. “Wave control in complex media for wireless communications” Workshop on “Wave propagation and control in complex media — From order to disorder 2021”, June 2021, (plenary Talk

T54. “Revisiting Huygens-Fresnel Principle with Time Varying Medium: From Physics to Biology” Workshop on “Waves in Time-Varying Media” 2021, London, April 2021 (plenary talk)

T55. “Wave control in complex media for wireless communications : f rom t ime reversal to RIS” IEEE WCNC 2021, Nankin, March 2021, (plenary Talk)

T56. “Wave Control in Complex Media: From Time- Reversal to Reconfigurable Metasurfaces. Applications to Wireless Communications. METANANO 2020, Russia, September 2020, (plenary Talk)

Steven Johnson

T57. “Inverse design o f metasurfaces,” plenary lecture at Metamaterials 2020 (New York, remote): September 2020.

Alexander Khanikaev

T58. (Keynote talk) “Observation of Topolaritonic Spin-Hall Phase in Transition Metal Dichalcogenide based Polaritonic Metasurfaces,” PLMCN2020: 2020 International Conference on Physics of Light-Matter Coupling in Nanostructures, October 27-30th 2020 (Online due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

T59. (Invited) “Far- and Near-Field Imaging of Higher-Order Topological Photonic States at Optical Frequencies”, Metamaterials’2020, The 14th International Congress on Artificial Materials for Novel Wave Phenomena, September 28th- October 4th 2020 (Online due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

Tsampikos Kottos

T60. Reflective Receiver Protectors with non- Hermitian CT- symmetric Spectral protection o f Nonlinear Defect Modes”, SPIE Optics+Photonics, 1-5 August, 2021

T61. “Optical phase t ransitions in photonic networks: a spin system formulation”, GdR Complexe Annual Workshop, November 30-December 2, 2020

Mario Silveirinha

T62. S. V. Silva, T. A. Morgado, M. G. Silveirinha, Multiple Embedded Eigenstates in Nonlocal Plasmonic Nanostructures, 14th International Congress on Artificial Materials for Novel Wave Phenomena – Metamaterials 2020 New York, USA, Sept. 28th – Oct. 3rd, 2020, (invited talk).

A.Douglas Stone

T63. “Theory o f Reflectionless Scattering Modes”, Wave propagation and control in complex media — From order to disorder 2021, hybrid conference at Institut Langevin, Paris, June 30, 2021.

T64. “Theory o f Reflectionless Scattering Modes”, Frontiers of Quantum and Mesoscopic Thermodynamics, hybrid conference, Prague, July 22, 2021.

Vicenzo Vitelli

T65. “Dualities,” CLEO, November 5, 2020, (invited tutorial talk).

Carl Bender

T66. “PT Symmetry,” Dynamics Days, Singapore, plenary talk, 11/16/2020

T67. “PT Symmetry,” Varanasi Conference on non-Hermitian Physics, India, plenary talk, 03/21/2021