NFO School

NFO School is scheduled for Sunday, September 4th at Room A on the 4th floor in Congress Center. Tutorial lectures are given by four distinguished researchers on fundamental theory of near-field optics, simulation techniques, basic physics of plasmonics, etc. All of registered participants can attend without additional fee. The participation to NFO School only is also acceptable with payment of fee for the school.

Sunday, September 4th 2016, Room A
11:00-12:30 Tutorial Lecture 1
Near-Field Coupling in Plasmonic Systems
Shinji HAYASHI (Kobe University, Japan & Moroccan Foundation of Advanced Science, Innovation and Research (MAScIR), Morocco)
In a variety of physical systems, interaction or coupling between excitations generates new phenomena not achieved by a single excitation. In plasmonic systems, coupling of plasmonic excitations mediated by near fields plays crucial roles to produce new plasmonic phenomena which may find potential applications such as biosensors, waveguides and light emitters. In this lecture, starting from a discussion on coupled harmonic oscillators, various aspects of near-field coupling in plasmonic and related systems are discussed. The focus will be put on strong coupling between surface plasmons and excitons, Fano resonance and plasmon-induced transparency.

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:00 Tutorial Lecture 2
Controlling Spontaneous Emission with Nanoantennas
Jean-Jacques GREFFET (Laboratoire Charles Fabry, Institut d’Optique, France)
Spontaneous emission of an emitter can be tailored by modifying its environment. We will start by introducing the basic concepts that are used to analyze light emission classically and in a quantum framework. This will be useful to identify what is quantum and what is classical. We will then discuss a few challenges in the field: Is it possible to achieve a spontaneous emission rate enhancement larger than 1000 ? Is it possible to prevent quenching ? Is it possible to achieve a 100% efficiency single photon emitter ?
We will review recent progress and discuss application to fluorescence enhancement, single photon emission and thermal radiation.

15:30-17:00 Tutorial Lecture 3
Nonlinear Plasmonics
Olivier J. F. MARTIN (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Switzerland)
Nonlinear optics is a fascinating topic of modern optics, which has been made possible by the developments of ultrafast lasers. Nonlinear optical phenomena usually resort to specific bulk crystals with a strong nonlinear susceptibility. In this lecture, I will explore another way of realizing nonlinear optical effects, using plasmonic nanostructures. Such nanostructures do not exhibit a strong bulk nonlinear susceptibility; yet, they can be used to produce nonlinear effects, such as second harmonics that originate from the surface of the metal. The different mechanisms that lead to nonlinear effects in plasmonic nanostructures will be described and I will show how they can be enhanced by the strong near-field produced by plasmonic nanostructures and how the symmetry and the modes of the system control these nonlinear effects.

20:00-21:30 Tutorial Lecture 4
Ultrafast Nano-imaging: Probing Matter on Its Natural Time and Length Scales
Markus B. RASCHKE (University of Colorado and JILA, USA)
The properties of many functional molecular and quantum materials rely on structure, coupling, and dynamics of the interactions of its constituents defined on both atomic-nanometer length and ultrafast atto- to femtosecond time scales. The spatio-temporal access to the underlying interactions such as the spin, lattice, and electronic degrees of freedom has remained one of the long standing dreams in spectroscopy and imaging.
In this lecture we will cover the basic principles of the emergent techniques of ultrafast nano-imaging. We will start with a review of the fundamentals of near-field localization and light-matter interaction with a special emphasis on its time domain description. We will then discuss specific coherent and nonlinear electronic, Raman, and IR/THz, and pump-probe spectroscopies, and how these modalities can be implemented in a near-field imaging setting. I will provide a hands on guide on specific laser and near-field scanning probe requirements, implementations, and measurement schemes. We will conclude with a broader perspective into the multimodal regime harnessing the combined power of electron and photon wave packet interaction to reach the ultimate limit of imaging quantum dynamics of single emitter in interacting environments, e.g., in biology, catalysis, or energy materials.

Invited Speakers

Distinguished researchers on near-field optics are invited to give talks in NFO-14. The followings speakers give excellent talks!!

Special Guest
Dieter POHL (Switzerland)
Realized and Un-Realized Visions in NFO, Plasmonics and Optical Antennas
Brief biography:
I was born in Dresden (Germany) in 1938. While studying at the Technical Universities of Stuttgart and Munich (TUM) 1958 – 1968, I got fascinated by the just invented laser (1960). I joined the IBM Zurich Research Lab Lasers Group in 1968.
After an interlude at the director’s Advisory Board at IBM Research Headquarters (Yorktown Heights 1979 – 80) I returned to research, pursuing the idea of sub-wavelength resolution along the lines of near-field optics. The concept of the aperture NFO-microscope was proven experimentally for the first time (1981; patent EP112401 1982, publ.1984).
In the following years, I had several managerial duties. My engagement in near-field phenomena still went on with a series of excellent pre- and post-docs. In 1992, I organized together with D. Courjon (Besancon) a workshop on NFO in Arc-et-Senans (France) which was to become the first NFO conference of the ongoing series. It had 53 participants.
In 1998, moving to the Physics Department of Basel University, my attention was on antennas. We could prove that antennas are a source of sub-wavelength, high intensity light spots and nonlinearities. This opened the door for new experiments and theories – and was a satisfying result at the end of my active research career in 2007.
My work is documented by 164 publications, 29 patents and 20 technical disclosures. It was recognized by the Carl-Zeiss Research Award (1996), the Rank Prize for Electro-Optics (1997), the Humboldt Research Prize of the German Physical Society (1999), the Stern-Gerlach Medal (2013), and various IBM internal awards (1968 – 98). I am member of the German Physical Society and Swiss Physical Society, and was on various advisory committees in Europe.

Keynote Speakers
Satoshi Kawata_photo
Satoshi KAWATA (Osaka University, Japan)
Tip-Enhanced Raman Microscopy: Near Field Optics for Molecular Imaging in Nano
Brief biography:
Professor Kawata is a Distinguished Professor of Osaka University, the President of JSAP (Japan Society of Applied Physics). He has been a Professor of Department of Applied Physics and Frontier Bioscience in Osaka University since 1993, and a Chief Scientist at RIKEN from 2000 to 2012. He founded the Photonics Center in Osaka University in 2007 and has been the Executive Director till 2015. He has served as the Editor of Optics Communications from 2000 to 2009, the President of Japanese Spectroscopical Society from 2007 to 2008. He is a Fellow of OSA, IOP, SPIE, and JSAP.

Mark I. STOCKMAN (Georgia State University, USA)
Nanooptics in Strong Ultrafast Fields
Brief biography:
Professor Mark I. Stockman received his PhD and DSc degrees from institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is a Professor of Physics and the Director of the Center for Nanooptics (CeNO) at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Optical Society of America, and SPIE – The International Society for Optoelectronic Engineering. He has served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France) and as a Visiting Professor at Ecole Supérieure de Physique and de Chimie Industrielle (Paris, France), and also as a Guest Professor at University of Stuttgart (Germany), Max Plank Institute for Quantum Optics (Garching, Germany), and Ludwig Maximilian University (Munich, Germany). A major direction of his research is theoretical nanoplasmonics and strong-field ultrafast optics. He is a co-inventor of spaser (nanoplasmonic laser). He is an author of over 200 major research papers and has presented numerous plenary, keynote, and invited talks at major international conferences. He gave lectures and taught courses on nanoplasmonics and ultrafast optics at many major international meetings, schools, and scientific institutions in US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Invited Speakers
Dimitri BASOV (University of California, USA)
Probing Quantum Phenomena in Graphene by Infrared Nano-Imaging of Plasmonic Waves
Jeremy J. BAUMBERG (University of Cambridge, UK)
Single-Molecule Strong-Coupling and Nanocavity Dynamics
Tobias BRIXNER (University of Wurzburg, Germany)
Space-Time-Resolved Spectroscopy of Nanomaterials
Remi CARMINATI (Institut Langevin, France)
How to Control the Classical and Quantum Coherence of Light Emitted by Two Dipole Sources
Kenneth CROZIER (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
Recent Progress in Semiconductor Nanowire Photodetectors for Multispectral Imaging
Katrin F. DOMKE (Max-Planck Institute, Germany)
Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy at Electrochemical Interfaces
Zheyu FANG (Peking University, China)
Plasmonic Application with 2D Materials and its Near-Field Optical Characterizations
Masanobu HARAGUCHI (Tokushima University, Japan)
Trench Plasmonic Waveguide Integrated in Si Waveguide Circuit
Ortwin HESS (Imperial College London, UK)
Strong Coupling of Quantum Emitters and Light in Nanoplasmonic Cavities and at Stopped-Light Singularities
Ulrich HOHENESTER (University of Graz, Austria)
Mapping 3D Particle Plasmon Fields using Electron Microscopy
Kohei IMURA (Waseda University, Japan)
Development of Advanced Near-field Imaging Methods for Visualization of Plasmon modes in Metal Nanostructures
Malcolm KADODWALA (University of Glasgow, UK)
Manipulating the Hybridisation of Chiral Plasmonic Metamaterials using Molecular and Macromolecular Stereostructure
Vasily KLIMOV (Russian Academy of Science, Russia)
Manipulation of Polarization and Spatial Properties of Light with Arrays of Nanoholes
Frank KOPPENS (ICFO, Spain)
Plasmons in 2D Heterostructures
Aaron LEWIS (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
Understanding the TERS Effect with a Muliprobe System Providing for On-line Tunneling and NSOM with Raman Integration
Michel ORRIT (Leiden University, Netherlands)
Micro-Spectroscopy of Single Gold Nanoparticles and of Single Molecules
Jerome PLAIN (Technological University of Troyes, France)
Chemical Synthesis of Small Aluminium Nanoparticles: Beyond UV Plasmonics
Martin SCHNELL (Nanogune, Spain)
Near-Field Mapping of Chiral Metasurfaces and Spiral Antennas
Zouheir SEKKAT (Moroccan Foundation for Advanced Science, Morocco)
On Plasmon-Plasmon and Plasmon-Waveguide Coupling: Fano Resonance and PIT in WGC-SPR, and Anti-crossing of SPP in MIM Structures
Yung-Doug SUH (Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Korea)
Nanogap Enhancement in Raman Scattering
Thomas TAUBNER (University of Aachen, Germany)
Switchable Infrared Nanophotonic Elements Enabled by Phase-change Materials
Kosei UENO (Hokkaido University, Japan)
Surface Plasmon-Assisted Chemical Reactions using Nano-Engineered Gold Nanoparticles
Jerome WENGER (Institut Fresnel, France)
Enhanced Fluorescence Energy Transfer in Plasmonic Nanoantennas
Gary WIEDERRECHT (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
Ultrafast Nanophotonics and Imaging of Light Harvesting, Hot Electron, and Charge Separation Processes
Takashi YATSUI (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
Optical Near-field Etching
Weihua ZHANG (Nanjing University, China)
Extreme Near-field Coupling in Vertical Plasmonic Nanocavity for Sensing Applications


Theory and modeling of near-field optics
Novel concepts and phenomena in near-field optics
Light-matter interactions
Quantum optics
Advances in instrumentation
Novel probes
Nonlinear and ultrafast phenomena
Infared and terahertz region
Nano thermal interactions
UV-DUV region
Optical trapping and manipulation
Applications in biology & chemistry
Industrial applications

Time Table

The schedule of NFO-14 is follows. Please check “Floor Map.”
Sun 9/4
– 11:00-17:00 NFO School: Lectures 1, 2, 3 (Room A)
– 18:30-20:00 Welcome Reception (Room P)
– 20:00-21:30 NFO School: Lecture 4 (Room A)
Mon 9/5
– 08:30-08:50 Opening Remarks (Concert Hall)
– 08:50-10:00 Keynote Session: Mo-1 (Concert Hall)
– 10:45-18:00 Oral Sessions (Room A & B)
Tue 9/6
– 08:30-09:10 Keynote Session (Room A)
– 09:15-17:30 Oral Sessions (Room A & B)
– 17:30-19:00 Poster Session: Tu-9P (Room P)
Wed 9/7
– 08:30-17:15 Oral Sessions (Room A & B)
– 17:30-19:00 Poster Session: We-14P (Room P)
Thu 9/8
– 08:30-12:00 Oral Sessions (Room A & B)
– 12:00-12:15 Closing Remarks (Room A)
– 12:30-18:00: Excursion
– 18:30-20:30: Banquet (Hotel Crown Palais)

Technical Session

The conference program are opened:
Download of “Abstracts of NFO-14” (Only for registered participants. The password is distributed at the conference site.)
Time Table (ver.2016-08-24)
Oral Presentations (ver.2016-08-24)
Poster Session 1 (Tu-9P) (ver.2016-08-24)
Poster Session 2 (We-14P) (ver.2016-08-24)
Floor Information

Monday September 5, 2016
– Opening Remarks (Concert Hall)
– Mo-1: Keynotes (Concert Hall)
– Mo-2A: Tip-enhanced Raman (Room A)
– Mo-2B: Light Matter Interactions (Room B)
– Mo-3A: Nanoantenna (Room A)
– Mo-3B: Electron-plasmon Interactions (Room B)
– Mo-4A: Nano-imaging (Room A)
– Mo-4B: Infrared Optics (Room B)

Tuesday September 6, 2016
– Tu-5-1: Keynote (Room A)
– Tu-5A: Terahertz & IR (Room A)
– Tu-5B: Nano Thermal (Room B)
– Tu-6A: Functional Imaging (Room A)
– Tu-6B: Metamaterials (Room B)
– Tu-7A: Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (Room A)
– Tu-7B: Ultrafast Nanophotonics (Room B)
– Tu-8A: Optical Characterization (Room A)
– Tu-8B: Nanoparticle Applications (Room B)
– Tu-9P: Poster Session 1 (Room P)

Wednesday September 7, 2016
– We-10A: Near-field Theory (Room A)
– We-10B: Near-field Spectroscopy (Room B)
– We-11A: Chemistry & Biology (Room A)
– We-11B: Nonlinear & Ultrafast (Room B)
– We-12A: Light Control (Room A)
– We-12B: Quantum Interactions (Room B)
– We-13A: Graphene (Room A)
– We-13B: Thin Film Optics (Room B)
– We-14P: Poster Session 2 (Room P)

Thursday September 8, 2016
– Th-15A: UV Applicattions (Room A)
– Th-15B: Hybrid Nano-structures (Room B)
– Th-16A: Fluorescence Dynamics (Room A)
– Th-16B: Near-field Guiding (Room B)
– Closing Remarks (Room A)

Luncheon Seminars

  • 9/5 Mon 12:20-12:40 HORIBA Scientific
    Ramdane Benferhat
    “Nano-Raman TERS Solutions”
  • 9/6 Tue 12:20-12:40 WITec GmbH
    Dr. Joachim Koenen (WITec Managing Director)
    “Correlative Scanning Near-field Optical Microscopy with High Flexibility”
  • 9/6 Tue 12:40-13:00 Nihon Thermal Consulting
    Norio Urayama
    “Development and Application for s-SNOM and AFM-IR Spectroscopy Which Has 10-50nm Spatial Resolution”
  • 9/7 12:20-12:40 NANONICS IMAGING Ltd.
    Prof. Aaron Lewis, CEO & Founder
    “Discovering the World of Unlimited NSOM Applications”

Instructions for Speaker

Oral Presentation:
At least 15 minutes before your session begins, check in with the staff to get connected to the projector to make sure your presentation projects properly. The presenters are requested to contact session chairs to let them know you are present. Please bring your own laptop to connect to the projector. Also bring backup copies of your presentation in both PowerPoint (or equivalent) and PDF format. 
The duration given includes the question/answer period.
Contribution talks are 12 minuets plus 3 minutes for questions and invited talks are 25 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions.

Poster Presentation:
9/5 (Tu-9P) & 9/6 (We-14P) 17:30-19:00

Poster sessions will take place in “Room P” at 3rd floor in Congress Center. Size of the poster board is 85 cm (W) x 150 cm (H). Pushpins will be available in the poster area. All the posters must be removed immediately after the sessions.

Session Chairs

Sunday September 4, 2016
– Su-1: Atsushi SUGITA
– Su-2 & Su-3: Yasushi INOUYE
– Su-4: Atsushi SUGITA

Monday September 5, 2016
– Opening Remarks (Concert Hall)
– Mo-1: Yoshimasa KAWATA, Keynotes (Concert Hall)
– Mo-2A: Yasushi INOUYE, Tip-enhanced Raman (Room A)
– Mo-2B: Christiane HOPPENER, Light Matter Interactions (Room B)
– Mo-3A: Junichi TAKAHARA, Nanoantenna (Room A)
– Mo-3B: Jean-Jacques GREFFET, Electron-plasmon Interactions (Room B)
– Mo-4A: Rainer HILLENBRAND, Nano-imaging (Room A)
– Mo-4B: Kiyoshi KOBAYASHI, Infrared Optics (Room B)

Tuesday September 6, 2016
– Tu-5-1: Din Ping TSAI, Keynote (Room A)
– Tu-5A: Din Ping TSAI, Terahertz & IR (Room A)
– Tu-5B: Markus RASCHKE, Nano Thermal (Room B)
– Tu-6A: Yasunori TODA, Functional Imaging (Room A)
– Tu-6B: Olivier MARTIN, Metamaterials (Room B)
– Tu-7A: Volker DECKERT, Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (Room A)
– Tu-7B: Hiromi OKAMOTO, Ultrafast Nanophotonics (Room B)
– Tu-8A: Francesca INTONTI, Optical Characterization (Room A)
– Tu-8B: Michel ORRIT, Nanoparticle Applications (Room B)
– Tu-9P: Wataru INAMI, Poster Session 1 (Room P)

Wednesday September 7, 2016
– We-10A: Achim HARTSCHUH, Near-field Theory (Room A)
– We-10B: Kobus KUIPERS, Near-field Spectroscopy (Room B)
– We-11A: Renaud BACHELOT, Chemistry & Biology (Room A)
– We-11B: Gary WIEDERRECHT, Nonlinear & Ultrafast (Room B)
– We-12A: Javier AIZPURUA, Light Control (Room A)
– We-12B: Kiyoshi KOBAYASHI, Quantum Interactions (Room B)
– We-13A: Prabhat VERMA, Graphene (Room A)
– We-13B: Martin SCHNELL, Thin Film Optics (Room B)
– We-14P: Atsushi ONO, Poster Session 2 (Room P)

Thursday September 8, 2016
– Th-15A: Norihiro UMEDA, UV Applicattions (Room A)
– Th-15B: Bert HECHT, Hybrid Nano-structures (Room B)
– Th-16A: Zouheir SEKKAT, Fluorescence Dynamics (Room A)
– Th-16B: Takayuki, OKAMOTO, Near-field Guiding (Room B)
– Closing Remarks (Room A)

Social Program

Welcome Reception
September 4th, 18:30-20:00
Room A on 3rd floor in Congress Center
Join us at a reception Sunday evening for snacks and drinks where you will enjoy the talk with participants. All of the registered participants are invited to join.

September 8th, 12:30-18:30
Please gather at:
– A course: 3rd floor in front of Room P
– B course: 1st floor lobby in Congress Center
– C course: 1st floor lobby in Congress Center
– D Course: 1st floor lobby in Congress Center
Excursions start at 12:30pm on September 8th. Four courses are planned:

    1. Visit to Central Research Laboratories, HAMAMATSU Photonics, K.K.
      +Ryotanji (Temple)

      Limited number of people is accepted for visit the Central Research Laboratories, HAMAMATSU Photonics K.K. HAMAMATSU Photonics is a world leading company in the development of high sensitive photomultiplier tubes (PMTs), advanced measurement systems, high power light sources, etc.
      Ryotanji was founded in the year 733 by Gyoki, Bodhisattva. There many cultural assets here, such as the garden designed by Enshu Kobori, and sculpture of a dragon carved by Jingo Hidari. This temple has been the Ii family’s home temple for 40 generations, including Naosuke Ii, a famous lord in the last days of Tokugawa Shogunate, and Naomasa Ii is one of big four lords at the Tokugawa Period. Ii family is featured on many media now, because a histrical drama on NHK “Ii Naotora” will start next year.
      HAMAMATSU Photonics K.K.
      Ryotanji (in Japanese), (in English)

    2. Visit to Kunozan Toshogu Shrine
      Kunozan Toshogu Shrine is the primary great shrine among the Toshogu shrines around the country, which enshrine Shogun (General) Ieyasu Tokugawa. The “Gongen-style” buildings are located at the top of Mt. Kuno, and have beautiful carvings and paintings. The shrine is said to be the inspiration for the Toshogu Shrine at Nikko, and most of the structures are designated important national assets. A cable car will take you to the top of Mt. Kuno from Nihondaira. On the way, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Byobudani cliff in the direction of the Pacific Ocean.
      Kunoza Toshogu Shrine

    3. Visit to Suzuki Plaza Museum + Arai Sekisyo (Checkpoint)
      Suzuki, one of the most major global companies based in Hamamatsu, has consistently paid close attention to the lives of consumers since its founding as the Suzuki Loom Works in 1909. At the Suzuki Plaza museum, the many products created by Suzuki over the years are on display, as well as the company’s history, and its current vehicle-making efforts. It is interesting & interactive exhibition and English audio guide is available for most of the displays in the museum.
      Arai Sekisho was set in Arai inn, of the 31st posting station (counting from Edo) out of the 53 on Tokaido, one of the five main highways constructed in the Edo period. The sekisho was put in place during the Edo period by the Shogunate to protect Edo through regulating the comings and goings of things and people, and there were 53 of these sekisho in Japan. The Arai sekisho was built in 1600, but was forced to relocate twice and in 1858 was reconstructed into the building that remains today. It is the only sekisho building left in Japan today and is an officially designated special historical site.
      Suzuki Plaza Museum (in Japanse), (in English)
      Arai Sekisho

    4. Visit to Green-pia Makinohara (Green Tea Wonderland)
      Makinohara in Shizuoka Prefecture is a famous spot for the production of green tea. You can have a good experience of tea picking at the tea plantation.

Please select one of three courses when you make registration. The visitors of HAMAMATSU Photonics are selected in first-come-first-served basis.

September 8th, 18:30-20:30
Location: Matsu no Ma, 3rd floor in Hotel Crown Palais
Please join the conference banquet at Hotel Crown Palais. Banquet ticket is required.

Optional Tours in Japan
If you have interest in optional tours in Japan, please make a reservation directly to JTB Corp. from the following web site:
Optional tours in Japan are managed by Sunrise Center of JTB Corp.
Sunrise Center, JTB Corp.
phone: +81-3-5796-5454
office hours: 8:00-20:00 JST