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SPIE Professional October 2011

Winter College to focus on nano-optics, plasmonics

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The 2012 Winter College on Optics at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy, will focus on advances in nano-optics and plasmonics when it convenes for two weeks on 6 February.

Directed by SPIE Fellow Zohra Ben Lakhdar of Université de Tunis El Manar (Tunisia), Nikolay Zheludev of University of Southampton (UK), and Mario Bertolotti of the Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza (Italy), the annual event is attended by more than 100 students and optics experts from around the world who share the latest research in optical science. Local organizers are Joseph Niemela and Miltcho B. Danailov.

Instructors at the 2012 Winter College will present new advances in nano-optics and nanophotonics with emphasis on plasmon physics and plasmonic devices. Lectures and demonstrations will cover an introduction to nanophotonics as well as nonlinear optics at the nanoscale, basic plasmon physics, and applications in imaging, biosensors, nanoantennas, communications, energy, displays, and light sources.

SPIE supports the Winter College on Optics, along with the International Commission for Optics, OSA, European Optical Society, Società Italiana di Ottica e Fotonica, U.S. National Academy of Science, IEEE Photonics Society, and International Society on Optics Within Life Sciences.

The Winter College on Optics is generally aimed at researchers from developing countries. However, students and post-doctoral scientists from developed countries may also attend.

An ICTP Preparatory School will be organized from 30 January to 3 February for a limited number of selected participants. The Preparatory School will provide background tutorials and exercises in areas of electromagnetism, general optics, and Fourier transforms. The deadline to apply for this preparatory school is 14 October.

More information: bit.ly/winter12college

Have a question or comment about this article? Write to us at spieprofessional@spie.org.

DOI: 10.1117/2.4201107.19

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