The IEEE Summer Topical Meeting Series serves as an international forum to facilitate information exchange between various technical communities using or affected by rapidly growing areas of technology or “Hot Topics” related to the general field of Photonics. This intimate environment provides the opportunity to learn about emerging fields and to interact with the research and technology leaders. Historically, the conference hosts 4-7 individual topics and attracts 250+ people with 30-50 participants attending each topic. The smaller meeting size provides the flexibility to pilot new and unique ideas.
Structure Light Interaction with Matter and the Environment (SL)
In this topic we will bring together a broad spectrum of researchers from many different disciplines that investigate and utilise the interactions of various forms of structured and shaped optical fields with material and the environment. We wish to engage with researchers that are not typically within the same community to discuss their research and inspire new cross-disciplinary collaborations.
Research talks will be from across the themes:
We invite leading researchers from industry, government research facilities and academia to contribute to the conference and we envisage this conference will act to accelerate the progress of this emerging hot topic in photonics.
Space division multiplexing (SDM) in multi-mode and multi-core fibers has been a major topic in optical communications since the beginning of the present decade. SDM research aims at exploiting spatial diversity in optical transceivers, fibers, amplifiers, routers etc. to increase the per-link transmission capacity while reducing cost, complexity, and eventually energy consumption. Research on SDM has been fueled worldwide by numerous multi-national research projects in the USA, Europe, Japan and China, and is further making its way towards field deployment, e.g. in a recently announced submarine cable installment, where SDM amplification solutions have been employed, while standardization of certain SDM fibers is now actively discussed with a strong industry interest.
This topic intends to gather the key players in SDM research from around the world to establish an overview of the state of the art of current research regarding devices, fibers and systems. Secondly, we aim to stimulate an open discussion on the challenges and opportunities envisaged in the devising of massive parallel transmission systems that are necessary in response to the ever-increasing demand for data traffic. Finally, we plan to explore applications of SDM technologies and devices in optics-related research areas that are not necessarily connected to fiber-optic communications.
The meeting will focus on the following topics: