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SYMPOSIUM 3: Optical and Electronic Materials and Devices—Fundamentals and Applications



SYMPOSIUM 3: Optical and Electronic Materials and Devices—Fundamentals and Applications

Optical and electronic materials and devices are of critical importance for a broad range of applications, including sustainable energy, information technology, nonvolatile memory, sensing, medical diagnostics and treatment, and national defense. This symposium will address processing and properties of optical and electronic materials as well as design, fabrication, and performance of functional devices. A variety of interesting topics will be included.

  • Electronic ceramics
  • Dielectric materials
  • Optically active materials and devices
  • Phase change memories
  • Conducting bridge materials
  • Laser interactions with glasses
  • Glass-ceramics and glass-matrix composites for optical and electronic applications
  • Fibers and on-chip photonic and optoelectronic devices
  • Optical coatings
  • Novel material processing
  • Fabrication methods


Session 1: Photon and glass interaction

With the technology advancement and the broad application of glass in electronic devices and information technology, the interaction between photon and glass is becoming a critical topic of research. Applications, such as plasma cleaning, ultraviolet cleaning, and ultraviolet curing, involve high-energy high-intensity photons, where the interaction of photon on glass generates electron or hole centers. Photons in the form of laser pulses can be tuned to cover a wide range of time, temporal, and energy scales. This session will focus on the fundamental understanding of the generation and identification of defect centers. The effect from photon energy, energy density, and pulse frequency as well as glass-matrix and existing multivalent species in the glass will be covered during the session.



Xiaoju Guo, Corning, Incorporated

Albert Heberle, Corning, Incorporated

S.K. Sundaram, Alfred University


Session 2

Quantum processes in glasses encompass quite a wide range. For example, large quantum fluctuations serve to inhibit glass formation as tunneling and zero-point energy allow particles to traverse barriers, facilitating movement. Quantum efficiency and energy transfer processes in rare-earth-doped glasses show strong compositional dependence. Quantum-doped glasses unravel nonlinear optical processes. Selected topics of interest will be included.

  • Quantum mechanic modeling of glasses
  • Quantum fluctuations and glass formation
  • Quantum dots and other structures in glasses
  • Quantum optical processes in rare-earth-doped glasses



S.K. Sundaram, Alfred University

D.A. Nolan, Corning Incorporated

N.F. Borelli, Corning Incorporated


Session 3: Charge and energy transport in disordered materials

The control of charge and energy streams in materials is central to their application in a broad range of thermal, energy generation/storage, and electronic technologies. As the underlying structure of these systems become disordered, challenges in understanding and manipulating transport phenomena become paramount in establishing structural design criteria, formulation, and processing methods to provide optimized properties. With the increased consideration and application of glassy and nanoheterogeneous (e.g., glass-ceramics, nanocomposite) materials in such areas as energy generation and storage (e.g., photovoltaics, fuel cells, thermoelectrics, batteries), thermal isolation or conduction media, and low-loss dielectrics and electronic conduction (microelectronics, nanoelectronics), new insights into the fundamental nature and control of transport processes and their coupling become important. This symposium is intended to provide a general forum for the discussion of the mechanisms, properties, and applications of charge and energy transport phenomena in such disordered systems. Contributions on the experimental, theoretical, and modeling aspects of these topics are encouraged. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to those listed.

  • Material synthesis and characterization (thin film, bulk, fiber)
  • Novel experimental methods and instrumentation
  • Charge transport theory and measurement (including ionic and electronic conduction)
  • Thermal transport (including phononic systems and processes)
  • Computational modeling of energy and charge transport
  • Applications



B.G. Potter Jr., University of Arizona

Krishna Muralidharan, University of Arizona

Gang Chen, Ohio University

David Drabold, Ohio University

Mario Affatigato, Coe College


Session 4: Sciences and applications of optical ceramics and glass-ceramics

Glass-ceramic and optical ceramic materials are emerging as a highly promising alternative to single-crystal materials for potential use in a wide range of optical and photonic applications. This session will provide a forum for researchers, students, and entrepreneurs to present and discuss their recent scientific results on a wide variety of topics related to science and engineering issues associated with glass-ceramic and optical ceramic materials. A particular emphasis will be placed on the fundamental issues to advance our understanding and utilization of glass-ceramics and optical ceramics and related devices. Session topics include science of transparent glasses and ceramics, novel processing, scintillators and spectroscopy, laser materials, modeling, and theory computation. Proposed topics are listed.

  • Science of optical transparent materials
  • Ceramic scintillators and spectroscopy
  • Transparent laser ceramics and glass
  • Modeling and theory computation
  • Infrared transparent materials for lenses and windows
  • Processing of infrared ceramics, glass, and single crystals
  • Ceramics and glass for radiation detection
  • Novel radiation detecting glass, ceramic materials
  • Detector materials for PET, X-ray tomography
  • Storage phosphors for medical imaging
  • Ceramic and glass-ceramic scintillators



Yiquan Wu, Alfred University

Xiang-hua Zhang, Université de Rennes I, France

John S. McCloy, Washington State University


Session 5: Glass-based optical devices

Glasses are important materials for optical components and devices given their excellent optical transparency and versatile processing. Novel oxide and non-oxide glass compositions and fabrication technology development have further enabled emerging applications, such as light emission, infrared imaging, nonlinear optical signal processing, and sensing. This session will cover material synthesis and processing as well as device fabrication and applications of innovative device architectures, including but not limited to, molded optics, diffractive optics, thin-film optical coatings, and integrated photonic devices.




Juejun Hu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Rongping Wang, Australia National University, Australia

Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, The University of Adelaide, Australia


Session 6: Glasses in detector applications

This session highlights application of glasses in radiation and particle detectors. These detectors are critical to fundamental discovery in physics, e.g., neutrinos and gravitational waves. Selected topics of interest included are listed below.

  • Photomultiplier tube glasses for neutrino detection
  • Glasses for neutron detectors
  • Glasses in detection of gravitational waves
  • Glasses for nuclear fusion research
  • Proton-detecting glasses
  • Color-glass condensates



S.K. Sundaram, Alfred University

Mario Affatigato, Coe College


Session 7: Rare-earth-doped glasses and ceramics for photonic applications

Rare-earth-doped glasses and ceramics have broader photonic applications. In general, rare-earth doping allows for a larger bandwidth and, thus, larger wavelength tuning ranges. This session invites latest developments in this exciting area of research and scientific discovery.



Setsuhisa Tanabe, Kyoto University, Japan

John Ballato, Clemson University

Shibin Jiang, Photonics Inc.


Session 8: Optical fibers and waveguides

The field of optical fibers application is not confined to telecommunication technologies. Optical fibers can be used in numerous other applications, such as sensing, new laser sources and amplifiers, biomedicine, defense, and security. This session will be an opportunity for discussions about the state-of-the-art and recent advances in the design, fabrication, characterization, and applications of innovative and exotic fibers.



Johann Troles, Université de Rennes I, France

Daniel Milanese, Politecnico di Torino, Italy



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