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New materials for photonics

The symposium aims to discuss on the recent advances on novel materials for integrated optics. That includes a large variety of materials: oxides, chalcogenides, polymers, Diamond, 0D, 1D and 2D nanomaterials… and their monolithic or hybrid integrations with more standard photonics platforms (Si, Ge, III-V).


Photonics is one of the key enabling technologies with a broad scope of applications including on-chip optical communications, sensing, quantum and security to name few.

For several years, the progresses of photonic integrated circuits have been governed by the development of passive and optoelectronic devices based on III-V and Si materials. The future evolution of integrated circuits aims at reaching higher performances in terms of power consumption, efficiency, footprint and speed, which opens new opportunities for the integration of new materials with exceptional optical properties. New challenges on light-matter interactions and optical integration for large-scale manufacturing have also to be addressed that will rely on the development of new concepts using novel materials with tailored optical properties.

A large variety of efficient optical materials including functional oxides, Mott insulators, ferroelectrics, chalcogenides, polymers, carbon based materials (Diamond, carbon nanotubes, graphene), 0D, 1D and 2D nanomaterials can be considered which all will find a perfect showcase in the framework of this symposium.

The symposium aims to gather experts working at the theoretical and experimental level on the development of novel material for integrated photonic applications.

The scope includes a large range of topics: basic physics, devices, integration, material growth, modeling and emerging waveguiding structures.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium

  • Epitaxial growth of new optical materials
  • Materials for photonics
  • Functional oxides
  • Ferroelectrics
  • Mott insulators
  • Doped polymers and oxides
  • Nanomaterials
  • Chalcogenides
  • Integrated photonics platform
  • Nonlinear optical properties
  • Pockels effect
  • Kerr effect
  • Devices
  • Sources
  • Optical modulators and switches
  • Detectors
  • Hybrid integration in silicon photonics platform

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Symposium organizers
Jean Pierre LOCQUETKatholieke Universiteit Leuven

Department of Physics / Astronomy, Celestijnenlaan 200D, B 3001 Leuven, Belgium
Laurent VIVIEN (main organizer)C2N - CNRS

Univ. Paris Sud, Boulevard Thomas Gobert, 91120 Palaiseau, France
Pablo SANCHISNanophotonics Technology Center

Universitat Politecnica de Valencia Camino de Vera, s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain