• Technical Conference: 

    9 - 14 May 2021

  • Exhibition: 

    11 – 13 May 2021

Light by Design: Structured Light, from Theory to Application

Symposium Organizers

Mo Mojahedi, Univ. of Toronto, Canada

Robert Boyd, Univ. of Ottawa, Canada


A beam of light possesses many properties (degrees of freedom) such as the beam’s intensity value, intensity pattern, polarization (including spin angular momentum), wavelength (linear momentum), and orbital angular momentum (associated with the light’s phase structure). Structured Light, used in this context, refers to the users’ ability to control and modify, i.e., to engineer the aforementioned degrees of freedom, individually or in combination, at a single or in multiple planes. It should be noted that the conventional definition of Structured Light, as used in the field of Computer Vision, is a subset of the aforementioned more inclusive definition. This Special Symposia brings together some of the leading experts in the area of Structured Light, for a single day, to present their leading-edge discoveries related to the theory and application of Structured Light and to discuss challenges and possibilities offered by the new discoveries.


Invited Speakers

Federico Capasso, Harvard University, USA

Designer Structured Light With Metasurfaces

Demetrios Christodoulides, University of Central Florida, USA

Airy Beams and Accelerating Waves: an Overview of Recent Advances

Kishan Dholakia, University of St Andrews, UK

Structured Light in Space and Time for Wide Field Imaging

Andrew  Forbes, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Structured Light in Turbulence

Erez Hasman, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

Photonic Spin Symmetry Breaking Phenomena Mediated by Metasurfaces

Roberto Morandotti, INRS-Energie Mat & Tele Site Varennes, Canada

Generation of Structured Light Via Nano Structures, and Applications

Miles Padgett, University of Glasgow, UK

Extreme Doppler Shifts with Structured Light: the Road to Negative Frequency

Alan Willner, University of Southern California, USA

Advances in High-Capacity Optical Communications using Multiple Structured Beams



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