Internationales Congress Center
Munich, Germany
25 - 29 June 2017
Plenary Events
Congress-wide Plenary Session
Date: Monday 26 June 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Saal 1, ICM

World of Photonics Congress-wide Plenary Session


Putting a Spin on Photons
Jörg Wrachtrup,
Univ. of Stuttgart (Germany)



Efficient matter photon interfaces are key ingredients of quantum technology. Quantum communication relies on photon storage and processing but spin photon interfaces can also increase the sensitivity of quantum sensors.

Biography: Prof. Dr. Jörg Wrachtrup, who is the head of the 3rd Institute of Physics at the University of Stuttgart, received the first ever Zeiss Research Award this year. He received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award for his research work in 2011 and the Max Planck Research Award in 2014.
SPIE Plenary Session
Date: Wednesday 28 June 2017
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:25 AM
Location: Saal 1, ICM

10:30 to 10:40
Welcome and Introduction
Bernard C. Kress, Microsoft Corp. (United States)
Wolfgang Osten, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)

10:40 to 11:25
Metasurface diffractive optics


Federico Capasso, Robert L. Wallace Professor of Applied Physics and Vinton Hayes Senior Research Fellow in Electrical Engineering, Harvard Univ., United States

Metasurfaces based on sub-wavelength patterning have major potential for arbitrary control of the wavefront of light by achieving local control of the phase, amplitude and polarization and allowing greater functionality and more compact devices. High performance metalenses for the visible, achromatic lenses, axicons, vortex plates, holograms, ultracompact spectrometers and polarimeters will be discussed along with the potential of this technology for a wide range of applications.

Biography: Federico Capasso is the Robert Wallace Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University, which he joined in 2003 after 27 years at Bell Labs where his career advanced from postdoctoral fellow to Vice President for Physical Research. He pioneered bandstructure engineering of semiconductor heterostructures, including the invention of the quantum cascade laser; investigated Casimir forces using micromechanics and performed the first measurement of the repulsive Casimir force. Recent contributions include wavefront control using metasurfaces including the generalized laws of refraction and reflection and a new class of flat optical components such as high efficiency diffraction limited metalenses in the visible. He is the recipient of the 2016 Balzan prize for Applied Photonics. Other awards include the King Faisal Prize for Science, the IEEE Edison Medal, the American Physical Society Arthur Schawlow Prize, the SPIE Gold Medal, the Rumford Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Franklin Institute Wetherill Medal, the European Physical Society Quantum Electronics Prize, the Materials Research Society Medal, Jan Czochralski Award for lifetime achievement in Materials Science, the IEEE D. Sarnoff Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academia Europaea and a foreign member of the Accademia dei Lincei; he holds honorary doctorates from Lund University, University Paris-Diderot and University of Bologna.

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