The purpose of the International School of Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy is two-fold:
- To bring the workers in spectroscopy and related disciplines up to date on the new experimental and theoretical developments in this field of research, and
- To create an opportunity for the researchers in the various subfields of spectroscopy to discuss their problems in an interdisciplinary framework.
Spectroscopic investigations are concerned with phenomena observed when the radiation from a source, separated into its various wavelengths, is made to interact with the constituents of a physical system. Through the examination of particular spectra, the identification of known molecular species can be carried out; by means of spectroscopy it has been possible, for example, to identify the presence of chemical elements in distant stars.
More basic applications of the science of spectroscopy have produced a better understanding of atomic and molecular structures and of such phenomena as luminescence. Rotational, vibrational and electronic states of molecules continue to be subjects of investigation; also the important field of energy transfer between the different degrees of freedom in molecules is an object of study.
In solids, spectroscopic investigations are directed to uncover the interrelation of absorption and emission properties with the location of the constituents and the crystalline symmetry. Studies of impurity spectra have shown the usefulness of spectral data in providing information about the spectra of such collective excitations of solids as phonons and magnons. Also, on the basis of purely spectroscopic data it is possible to predict the feasibility and efficiency of solid state systems as possible laser materials.
The technique of flash photolysis has extended the usage of spectroscopy to the excited states of gases, liquids and solids with the measurement of transitions not allowed from the ground state. When used to check the evolution of a reaction, this technique has uncovered the presence of transient species, often not seen before, and existing only under particular experimental conditions.
ERICE SCHOOL 2013
ETTORE MAJORANA FOUNDATION AND CENTRE FOR SCIENTIFIC CULTURE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY NANO-STRUCTURES FOR OPTICS AND PHOTONICS
Optical Strategies for Enhancing Sensing, Imaging, Communication, and Energy Conversion
A NATO ADVANCED STUDY INSTITUTE
Erice, Sicily, Italy; July 4-19, 2013
Sponsored by the Italian Ministry of University and Scientific-Technological Research, the Sicilian Regional Government, and Boston College
Topics and Lecturers
- Optical Antennas for Enhanced Light-Matter Interactions, Lukas Novotny, ETH, Zurich, SWITZERLAND
- Plasmonics and Nano-Photonic Sensors of Chemical and Biological Agents, Mark I. Stockman, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA
- Photonic Metamaterials and Transformation Optics, Martin Wegener, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, GERMANY
- Novel Metamaterials, Terahertz Switches, and Imaging, Costas Soukoulis, Institute for Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL-FORTH), Heraklion, Crete, GREECE
- Guiding and Manipulating Light at the Nanoscale, Eric Mazur, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
- Fluorescence-based Studies of Nanoparticles, Baldassare Di Bartolo, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA
- Fabrication, Spectroscopy and Applications of Nano-structures, Alexander P. Voitovich, National Academy of Sciences, Minsk, BELARUS
- Fluorescence of Doped Nano-particles, John Collins, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, USA
- Biosensing Instrumentation, Jean-Pierre Wolf, Université de Gèneve, Gèneve, SWITZERLAND
- Nano-Structures in the Terahertz Range, John W. Bowen, University of Reading, Reading, UK
- Photonic Nano-Structures for Taking Label-free CBRN Detections to the Limit, Steve Arnold, Polytechnic Institute of NYU, Brooklyn, NY, USA
- Sensing and Photovoltaics with Organic Semiconductors, Uli Lemmer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, GERMANY
- Advanced Plasmonic Nano-structures for Material Science and Nano-Medicine, Enzo Di Fabrizio, Istituto Italiano di Technologia, Genova, ITALY
- Engineering Metacrystals and Flat Optics with Huygens, Fermat, Bragg, and Fresnel Laws, Zeno Gaburro, University of Trento, Trento, ITALY
- Non-linear Optics of Micro-structure Fibers, Aleksei Zheltikov, Moscow State University, Moscow, RUSSIA
- Fluorescence and Raman Scattering in Plasmonic Nano-structures from Basic Science to Applications, Sergei Gaponenko, National Academy of Sciences, Minsk, BELARUS
- Use of Nano-Photonics and Nano-Mechanics to Realize Novel Functionality of Integrated Optical Chips, Wolfram Pernice, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, GERMANY
- Electromagnetic Metamaterials: Applications from Terahertz to Infrared, Willie Padilla, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA
- Nano-Optics for Energy Conversion, Nicola Armaroli, ISOF-CNR, Bologna, ITALY
- Prospects of Molecular Scale Logic Gates and Logic Circuits, Shammai Speiser, Technion –Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, ISRAEL
Purpose of the Meeting:
Nano-structures have unique capabilities that allow the enhanced performance of processes of interest in optical and photonic devices. In particular these structures permit the nano-scale manipulation of photons, electrons and atoms; they represent a very hot topic of research and are relevant to many devices and applications.
Nanotechnology, optics and photonics are key technologies of the 21st Century. The rapidly increasing possibilities of nanoscience enable a completely new level of molding the flow of light and controlling light-matter interaction, nearly on the atomic scale. This has for instance led to nano-antennas for light that can modify spontaneous emission of nearby molecules or that can act as high-figure-of-merit sensors. Antennas combined with emitters can also be used as novel nano-lasers (spasers). Other interesting areas are artificial optical materials called metamaterials and nano-plasmonic structures. Here, applications include but are not limited to ultra-compact and ultra-fast optical telecommunication devices, efficient sustainable solar energy conversion, and bio-photonics. Transformation optics expands the concept of metamaterials towards intentionally spatially inhomogeneous structures, e.g., invisibility cloaks. Conversely, optics and photonics also fuel nanotechnology, e.g., by novel super-resolution approaches in optical microscopy and lithography.
The Institute will introduce the students to the field and provide a comprehensive overview of experiments and theory, basic physics and applications as well as on nano-fabrication and optical characterization. It will bring together physicists, chemists, engineers, and biologists; it will be in the best tradition of our past Institutes, because it will start from the consideration of fundamental principles, and will reach the frontier of research in a systematic and didactic fashion.
The participants will have the opportunity to present their research work in the form of short seminars or posters.
Interested participants should send a letter to the Director of the School:
Professor Baldassare Di Bartolo
Department of Physics – Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
Additional information about the school can be found at: http://www.bc.edu/erice
Applications can be done by e-mail or by regular mail. The applicants should provide the following information:
i) Date and place of birth, together with their present nationality,
ii) Degree and other academic qualifications,
iii) Present position, place of work, and current research activities,
iv) A letter of recommendation from their research group leader or from a senior scientist active in the field
v) A list of graduate courses attended (if the applicant is a graduate student)
The total fee, covering full board and lodging, arranged by the School, is 1,600 Euros. The sponsorship received will allow the support of some deserving students in need of financial assistance; this need must be specified and justified in the application.
The deadline for application is June 2, 2013.
Please note: Participants must arrive in Erice on July 4, no later than 7 p.m.
The International School of Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy organized past advanced study institutes and workshops on the following subjects:
- 2012 – Workshop on New Developments in Inorganic Luminescent Materials
- 2011 – Nano-Optics for Enhancing Light-Matter Interactions on a Molecular Scale
- 2010 – Luminescence of Inorganic Materials and Bioimaging: Metal-to-Metal Energy and Electron Transfer
- 2009 – Bio-Photonics: Spectroscopy, Imaging, Sensing, and Manipulation
- 2008 – Workshop on Advances in Luminescence Spectroscopy
- 2007 – Frontier Developments in Optics and Spectroscopy
- 2006 – Workshop on Advances in the Study of Luminescence Materials
- 2005 – New Developments in Optics and Related Fields: Modern Techniques, Materials and Applications
- 2004 – Advances in Luminescence Research
- 2003 – Frontiers of Optical Spectroscopy. The book, sponsored by NATO, has been published by Kluwer Academic Publishers
- 2002 – Workshop on the Status and Prospects of Luminescence Research
- 2001 – Spectroscopy of Systems with Spatially Confined Structures
- 2000 – Workshop on Advanced Topics in Luminescence Spectroscopy
- 1999 – Advances in Energy Transfer Processes
- 1998 – Workshop on Advances in Solid State Luminescence Spectroscopy
- 1997 – Ultrafast Dynamics of Quantum Systems: Physical Processes and Spectroscopic Techniques
- 1996 – Workshop on Luminescence Spectroscopy
- 1995 – Spectroscopy and Dynamics of Collective Excitations in Solids
- 1993 –- Nonlinear Spectroscopy of Solids: Advances and Applications
- 1991 – Optical Properties of Excited States in Solids
- 1989 – Advances in Nonradiative Processes
- 1987 – Disordered Solids: Structures and Processes
- 1985 – Spectroscopy of Solid-State Laser-Type Materials
- 1983 – Energy Transfer Processes in Condensed Matter
- 1981 – Collective Excitations in Solids
- 1979 – Radiationless Processes
- 1977 – Luminescence of Inorganic Solids
- 1975 – The Spectroscopy of the Excited State
- 1974 – Optical Properties of Ions in Solids.
These events have taken place in Erice, Italy at the "Centro di Cultura Scientifica Ettore Majorana." (CCSEM). For a list of other Institutes offered by the CCSEM see: http://www.ccsem.infn.it.
Court yard of San Rocco Hall, by the Dining Hall and the Computer Room