• Technical Conference: 

    15 – 20 May 2022

  • Exhibition: 

    17 – 19 May 2022

Space-Time Optics

Symposium Organizers

Ayman Abouraddy, CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics, University of Central Florida, USA

Cord Arnold, Lunds Universitet, Sweden

Sergey Ponomarenko, Dalhousie University, Canada

Vandana Sharma, Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad, India

Emma Springate, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab., UK



The distinct communities of optical imaging and ultrafast optics are associated with the study of light in space and in time, respectively. ‘Space-time optics’ refers to a newly emerging paradigm of jointly manipulating the spatial and temporal degrees of freedom of an optical field. This paves the way to new behavior exhibited by free or guided fields, and novel modalities of interaction with matter. Rapid progress in strategies for sculpting light in space and time simultaneously, rather than addressing them separately, has led to recent breakthroughs including controllable group velocities of propagation-invariant wave packets in free space, beams with transverse orbital angular momentum, and new hybrid guided modes in multi-mode waveguides. This symposium will cover the new physics, applications and interactions with matter in this emerging field.