• Technical Conference: 

    9 - 14 May 2021

  • Exhibition: 

    11 – 13 May 2021

Space-time Optics

Space-time Optics

Optical beam-shaping has long made use of the spatial degrees of freedom of light in imaging, microscopy, and astronomy. In an altogether different vein, ultrafast pulse shaping has enabled exploiting the temporal degree of freedom of laser pulses for telecommunications, probing dynamical processes in materials, and in plasma interactions. Lately, emerging research is revealing that jointly manipulating the spatial and temporal degrees of freedom of light – rather than modulating each independently – can lead to new and surprising behavior for freely propagating fields, and to unique capabilities when such fields interact with photonic devices. Recent achievements include arbitrary control of the group velocity of optical wave packets in free space and transparent dielectrics, generation of transverse optical angular momentum, ultrafast beam-steering, omni-resonant interactions with cavities, and novel nonlinear interactions in plasmas.

This nascent field may be called ‘space-time’ optics because it explores the unique features of optical fields endowed with precise spatio-temporal structure. It brings together a broad range of expertise from disparate research communities, from beam and pulse shaping to device physics, high-energy lasers, plasma physics, and electron optics. This workshop will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, unification of nomenclature, and exploring a roadmap for this emerging field of optical physics.



Ayman F. Abouraddy, University of Central Florida, USA
Qiwen Zhan, University of Dayton, Ohio, USA


Ayman F. Abouraddy, University of Central Florida, USA
Andy Chong, University of Dayton, Ohio, USA
Qiwen Zhan, University of Dayton, Ohio, USA
Dustin Froula, University of Rochester, USA
Amr Shaltout, Stanford University, USA
Mark Brongersma, Stanford University, USA
Liang Jie Wong, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Ido Kaminer, Technion, Israel


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