2020 IEEE Summer Topical Meeting Series

July 13th - 15th 2020

 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Virtual Conference

Structure Light Interaction with Matter and the Environment (SL) & Space Division Multiplexing (SDM)

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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:

  • Optical control and characterization technologies for structured light
  • Optical matter interactions with structured light
  • Scattering medium, complex media, and metasurfaces
  • Orbital Angular Momentum
  • Spin-orbit interactions with materials
  • Remote sensing of air, marine or space environments
  • Quantum and classical sensing
  • DSP technologies for information retrieval from structured light
  • Waveguides and fibers supporting structured/multimode light
  • Non-linear interactions in novel optical fibers, waveguides, and materials
  • SBS and other acoustic-optical effects
  • Multimode fibre amplifiers and novel gain media for structured light

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)

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:

  • Progress in SDM transmission and SDM fiber design.
  • Progress in integration of transceivers, amplifiers, switches, mux/demux, and other components for SDM.
  • Initial investigations of field-deployed SDM fibers with focus on the INCIPICT project in L’Aquila.
  • Propagation modelling and fundamental limits of various SDM fibers: cross-talk and random-mode coupling, modal dispersion, mode-dependent loss, nonlinear effects, interplay between various effects, time dynamics.
  • Progress in digital signal processing for SDM fibers
  • Using SDM technologies in “non-conventional” SDM applications: Quantum communications, signal processing / RF fronthaul / 5G / satellite communications / astronomy and endoscopy.


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