The ability to control and modify the propagation and properties of electromagnetic waves is the backbone of modern communications, imaging, printing, display, and optical storage technologies. The coupling of light to various modalities such as strain, electric fields, or temperature allow for the direct control and manipulation of light. These novel materials and tunable optical phenomena are enabling future innovative photonic devices and emerging applications such as lasing, optical beam steering and shaping, solid-state lighting, spatial light modulators, optical storage, nonlinear optics and tunable and frequency selective filters. This session seeks to bring together researchers and engineers from academia and industry who share interests in materials and unconventional material effects that can be used to actively modulate and modify the performance of optical components. Emphasis will be placed equally on materials, devices, and applications.
David Scrymgeour, Sandia National Laboratories, USA