Optical materials are at the forefront of the scientific and technological progress, where photonics and material science smartly cooperate to develop new physics, new devices, and new applications. Subject matters include a range (but are not limited to it) that goes from responsive optical materials that adaptively respond to an external stimulus, to optical fibres in smart structures, to spectrally active multifunctional acousto-, electro- and magneto-optic materials, to artificially engineered surfaces and micro/nano structures, to metamaterials systems (and, in particular, to nonlinear/tunable systems).
The so-called "Adaptive optics" is another important area which also profits by advances in smart optical materials and micro-/nano-systems technologies and it is rapidly entering new applications fields such as communication, remote sensing and medicine, meanwhile providing new compact, high performance and cheaper wave front correction d evices to the already well experienced applications in ophtalmoscopy, large ground-based telescopes and high-energy laser systems.
This symposium, which follows the ones on the same topics organized in previous CIMTEC Conferences, aims to provide an interdisciplinary update and review of innovation in photonic materials and devices, as well as experimental and theoretical tools to support the above-mentioned fields. It includes topics characterized by an insight into interactions of light with optical materials and of particular interest in fundamental principles, modelling, fabrication technologies, and characterization techniques. Starting from well-established systems, structures and diagnostic techniques the symposium opens to metamaterials, novel confined structures such as microcavities and micro-nano-structures, terahertz photonics, and advanced plasmonics, with the aim of underlining the possible convergences and interaction among these. Besides luminescent materials and structures, other key areas are, integrated optics materials and architectures, colloidal-derived systems, photonic crystals, sensing, lightning, green photonics, and the diverse areas of smart optics applications from, e.g. energy and aerospace to civil infrastructures, to material processing, to communication and medicine.
F-4 Adaptive optics
This session will cover the use of adaptive optics for biological imaging through thick tissue using wide-field, confocal and two-photon microscopy. Various approaches for making image corrections will be covered including direct and indirect forms of wavefront sensing and deformable mirrors and spatial light modulators for wavefront corrections.