Marko Loncar, Harvard Univ., USA
Maxim Shcherbakov, Cornell University, USA
Gennady Shvets, Cornell University, USA
Nanomaterials are driving many research fields in photonics, from spectroscopy to microscopy, from sensing to telecommunications. Importantly, they can enhance light-matter interactions and funnel optical fields into hot spots, spawning applications in nonlinear optics. They have also shown enormous potential for non-perturbative nonlinear optics and high-harmonic generation, producing intense extreme-UV pulses on the nanoscale. Several platforms have been suggested, including 2D materials, plasmonic nanostructures, as well as all-dielectric and semiconductor metasurfaces. However, a delicate balance between field localization, losses and dispersion should be kept when designing an efficient material for ultrahigh-power laser applications. This symposium will review and discuss the recent progress in light-matter interactions on an ultra-intense scale, such as nonlinear frequency conversion and generation of high harmonics, assisted by novel nanostructures and metamaterials. We also solicit contributed papers that advance the field of high-intensity light-matter interactions on the nanoscale.