Integrated Mid-Infrared Photonics (IMIP)

The IMPI topic will bring together photonic engineers, materials scientist, optical physicists, and application experts to present the recent development of mid-infrared (~ 2-20 µm) photonic materials and mid-infrared device design and integration.


  • Alexei Chelnokov, CEA Leti, Topic Chair
  • Dr. Dan Buca, FZ Jülich, Topic Co-Chair
  • Dr. Wei Du, Wilkes Univ., Topic Co-Chair
  • Prof. Shigeaki Zaima, Nagoya Univ., Topic Co-Chair

Machine Learning-Assisted Software-Defined Optical Network (MLSDN)

The ML-SDN topic will bring together researchers, engineers and scientists from various areas including optical transmission, optical networks, data science and machine learning to discuss on the advance of machine learning assisted software defined optical networks. The scope of this meeting includes link/network modeling and monitoring, optical network data engineering and machine learning, software-defined network planning and management, and other enabling technologies such as flexible coherent optical transceiver and elastic optical networks.


  • Qunbi Zhuge, Ciena Corporation, Topic Chair
  • Alan Pak Tao Lau, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Topic Co-Chair
  • Dimitra Simeonidou, University of Bristol, Topic Co-Chair
  • Danish Rafique, ADVA, Committee Member
  • Cristina Rottondi, The Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IDSIA), Committee Member
  • Satyajeet Singh Ahuja, Facebook, Committee Member
  • Darko Zibar, Technical University of Denmark, Committee Member

Non-Hermitian, Topological, and Active Photonics (NTP)

Recent years have witnessed an inflow of new ideas from quantum and condensed matter physics into the field of optics. Two such ideas are related to non-Hermitian and topological physics. As some of these ideas are finding their ways into applications and relevant industries, this topical meeting plans to objectively look at these new developments, provide an overview of current activities, and identify some of the future directions. The meeting will facilitate those entering the field to get a fast and comprehensive overview of the current achievements and will encourage a dialogue between researchers of different backgrounds. The scope of the meeting is broad; it will range from fundamental research to current and future envisioned applications in the fields of non-Hermitian and topological photonics as well as the interplay between them.


  • Mercedeh Khajavikhan, CREOL, University of Central Florida, Topic Chair
  • Yidong Chong, Nanyang Technological University, Committee Member
  • Michael Gerhold, Army Research Office, Committee Member
  • Mikael Rechtsman, Pennsylvania State University, Committee Member

Quantum Networks (QN)

Quantum networks is a burgeoning area of research that bridges several fields of interest of the Photonics Society. This research area includes cutting edge approaches in communication technology applied to distribution of entangled photons in free space and over optical fibers; design of nano-photonic circuitry to manipulate entangled states; fundamental issues of optical control of individual spins in solid state nanostructures and atomic systems; single photons in quantum cavities; novel compact on-chip entanglement sources and ultra-fast detectors.

The scope of the 2018 Quantum Network topical meeting will include novel application and functionalities of quantum networks; architectures and protocols for a distributed quantum network comprising multiple quantum nodes; implementations of high capacity quantum channels including those utilizing higher-level alphabets and hyper-entanglement; entanglement creation, manipulation and distribution to remote nodes; studies of physical mechanisms of entanglement decoherence; quantum nodes and quantum memories based on neutral atoms, ions, and vacancy-centers in novel materials as well as the interfaces between them.


  • Michael Brodsky, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Topic Co-Chair
  • Vladimir Malinovsky, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Topic Co-Chair
  • Paul Alsing, Air Force Research Laboratory, Topic Co-Chair

Quantum Optical Phenomena in Optoelectronics (QOPO)

As optoelectronic devices become smaller in size, and consume as well as emit less energy, quantum optical effects (such as spontaneous emission control) become important. This topical meeting covers performance limits imposed by quantum optical effects, as well as new functionalities enabled by them, in applications such as quantum communication, quantum information processing and green photonics.

The underlying physics has been established quite long ago, beginning with the quantum optics formulation by Glauber, Sudarshan and others, and followed by the laser quantum theory by Haken, Lamb and Scully. On the other hand, its implementation to characterize and understand semiconductor devices that are only a step away from being applicable in optoelectronics is new. This meeting will focus on technological advances, measurement techniques and computational concepts that are in the forefront of semiconductor quantum electronics and quantum optics. It aims at stimulating a fruitful dialog between experts in quantum optics, quantum nanophotonics and semiconductor technology to jointly advance in a highly relevant area of modern science and technology.

Experimental and theoretical papers are solicited, in (but not limited to) the following areas.

  • Cavity-QED: high β-factor lasers, thresholdless lasing, superradiance and quantum optomechanics
  • Single-photon sources, few-emitter effects, quantum-dot physics
  • Sources of entangled photon pairs and entanglement distribution
  • Integrated quantum nanophotonics
  • Hybrid quantum dot – atomic systems
  • Strong light-matter coupling, polariton lasing and quantum coherences
  • Nonlinear optics under few-photon conditions
  • Quantum optical applications in quantum and conventional computing


  • Stephan Reitzenstein, Institute of Solid State Physics, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin Germany (chair)
  • Christopher Gies, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany (co-chair)
  • Weng W. Chow, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A (co-chair and point of contact)

SDM and Beyond (SDMB)

The SDM and Beyond topical will bring together researchers from telecommunications, who investigate the different aspects of space division multiplexing, with researchers from the broader photonics community who use and investigate spatial diversity in their work. We thus want to facilitate to bridge the gap between the different communities who often work on or with spatial diversity to exchange ideas and identify areas of overlap. The summer topical will therefore cover all aspects of SDM, ranging from networks, systems, subsystems to devices. We also invite researchers working on imaging through turbid media, multi-mode fibers, spatial diversity aspects of astro-photonics, quantum optics and multi-mode nonlinear optics and spatio-temporal dynamics.


  • Rodrigo Amezcua-Correa, CREOL, University of Central Florida, Topic Co-Chair
  • Ben Puttnam, NICT, Topic Co-Chair
  • Jochen Schroeder, Chalmers University, Goteborg, Topic Co-Chair
  • Sergio Leon-Saval, University of Sydney, Committee Member
  • Ivana Gasulla, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Committee Member
  • Hui Cao, Yale, Committee Member

SDM and Beyond is technically co-sponsored by the technical committee on Extremely Advanced Optical Transmission Technologies (EXAT), IEICE, Japan, working to promote 3-M (multi-core, multi-mode. multi-level modulation) technology.