Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual

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TeraHertz radiation and Metamaterials

2009, Dec 15 -- Dec 22

F. Kusmartsev (Loughborough University)

Scope and topics

The physics of artificial structures of reduced dimensionality is one of the main emerging areas of condensed matter physics, and may form the basis of future terahertz electronics, quantum computing technology and novel type of materials known as metamaterials. As it was recently established arrays of quantum dots and Josephson junctions  represent the most illustrative example of  artificial materials with highly nonlinear and reactive properties usually characterizing  metamaterial media. The Conference aims to cover these developments; in particular, recent achievements in Josephson physics, terahertz radiation, metamaterials  and other related phenomena. Topics will include: arrays of Josephson junctions, quantum dots and magnetic nanoparticles; metamaterials, superlattices and band gap materials; quantum computing and tunneling phenomena; THz radiation and associated phenomena; nanotubes and nanowires; Josephson vortex dynamics. The conference aims at reviewing the fundamentals and outlining the research perspectives on the use of these systems which have very complex physics. All aspects of the physics of systems made of small circuits and large arrays of many different types of nano-elements will be covered. Terahertz (THz)) radiation can be transmitted through nearly any material without causing biological harm. Novel and rapid methods of detection can be created with superconducting and semiconducting devices allowing scanning for cancer, weapons, detecting hidden explosives (including plastic landmines), controlling the quality of food and a host of other exciting applications saving millions of  human lifes. The aim of the workshop is to build a frim basis for a wide collaboration between world-leading researchers actively working in the area of superconducting and semiconducting devices to target modern issues and financial crisis.  

Basic science and applications of Terahertz (THZ) and metamaterials can potentially stimulate joint research and projects and gives strong benefits to human society. The workshop characteristic feature is a stronger emphasis on the mathematical, physical, chemical and biological aspects of the terahertz radiation, together with a detail analysis of the application problems. The technical program consists of invited lectures and regular contributed papers.

The workshop presentations will open an interesting forum for discussions, towards unifying three spectral domains:  (THz), Mid Infrared (MIR) and visible light from their common aspects of sources, detectors, materials and applications and discuss key interdisciplinary topics. In this common sense THz, MIR  and visible light are considered jointly, the driving force for all regimes being applications, however, strongly motivated by fundamental physical and technological challenges. A strong emphasis will be given to invited talks from leading scientists related devoted to turn this advanced nano-technology into affordable commercial devices throughout the THz, MIR and visible light spectral ranges and exploit their enormous potential for security  and various medical applications.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Arrays of Josephson junctions (JJ)
Arrays of nanoparticles and of quantum dots
Semiconductor and other types of superlattices
Arrays of small magnetic particles
Photonic band gap materials
Interaction of electromagnetic radiation with all types of arrays
Applications to quantum computing
Tunneling phenomena
Experimental methods
Interaction of MIR or THz radiation with living biological material
Applications of MIR and THz to medical diagnosis MIR and THz imaging
Detection of explosives and dangerous substances
Last mile communication
Integration of THz and MIR with optical fibers
Our of the box methods for MIR and THz generation and detection
Lasers without inversion
Nonlinear light, MIR and THz optics
Difference frequency and other nonlinear methods of generation of THz radiation
Milimiter wave and microwave generation and detection – bridging the gap to THz.
Quantum Cascade Lasers
Quantum Cascade Detectors
Intersubband Transport and Optics
Millimeter wave/THz metamaterials and applications
Optical and acoustical metamerials and cloaking devices

Preliminary list of invited speakers

Prof. J. Annett (UK).
Prof L.Bulaevski (Los Alamos, USA).
Prof J.Clarke (Berkeley, USA).
Prof T.Hatano (NIMS, Japan).
Prof K.Hirata (NIMS, Japan).
Prof. M.Cirillo (Rome,Italy).
Prof. Hu-Jong Lee (POSTECH, Korea).
Prof. Dr. Alieva (Madrid).
Prof. V.Koshelets (IREE Moscow).
Prof K.Kadowaki (Tsukuba, Japan).
Prof R.Kleiner (Tuebingen, Germany).
Prof. V.Krasnov (Sweden).
Prof Y.Latyshev (Russia).
Prof M.Machida (JAERI).
Prof. J.Pendry (UK).
Prof. V. Moshchalkov (Belgium).
Prof V.Petrashov (London, UK).
Prof A.Ustinov (Erlangen, Germany).
Dr H.Wang (NIMS, Japan).
Dr P.Warburton (UCL, UK).
Prof. R. Fazio(Italy).
Prof. Ted Van Duzer (USA).
Prof. Ienari Iguchi(Japan).
Prof. Ekaterina Orlova (Russia).
Prof Farkhad Aliev (Madrid).
Dr A.Yurgens (Chalmers, Sweden).
Prof. M.Saarela (Finland).
Prof. F.Nori (Japan).
Dr. M.Gaifullin, (Tsukuba&Lboro).
Dr. A.Patane (Nottingham).
Prof. P.Harrison (Leeds).
Prof. A.Lisauskas (Frankfurt).
Prof N.Pedersen (Lyngby, Denmark).
Prof. E.Linfield (Leeds).
Dr. A.Shorokhov (Saransk&Oulu).
Prof. H.Roskos (Frankfurt).
Dr. A.Balanov (Lboro).
Dr. H.Eisele (Leeds).
Dr. M.Portnoi (Exeter).
Dr. N.Janson (Lboro).
Dr. A. Zagoskin(UK).
Prof. L.Eaves (Nottingham).
Prof. M.Fromhold (Nottingham).
Dr. A.Song (Manchester).
Prof. F. Garcia Vidal (UAM).
Prof. L.Martin Moreno (U. Zaragoza).
Prof. M. Sorolla ( Public University of Navarra).

Steering Committee of AQDJJ network-programme and advisory board

Prof. F. V. Kusmartsev (Chairman) (Department of Physics, Loughborough U. Loughborough, United Kingdom
Prof. A. Barone (Department of Physical Sciences, U. Naples Frederico II, Naples, Italy).

Dr. S. Benacka (Slovak Academy of Sciences, Department of 
Cryoelectronics, Institute of Electrical Engineering, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Prof. P. Delsing (Quantum Device Physics Laboratory, 
Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Chalmers University of Technology,
Göteborg, Sweden
Dr. J. Kolacek (Institute of Physics ASCR, Prague, Czech Republic).
Prof. P. Martinoli (Institut de Physique, Université de Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland).
Prof. V. Moshchalkov (Laboratorium voor Vaste-Stoffysica en
Magnetisme, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium)
Prof. M. Paalanen (Low Temperature Laboratory, Helsinki
University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland
(Dept. of Electronic Power Engineering, Tech. University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark).
Prof. A. Ustinov (Physikalisches Institut III, Friedrich
Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
Prof. A. Sanchez (Grup d'Electromagnetisme, Departament de
Fisica, UAB, Barcelona, Spain
Prof. H. W. Weber (Abteilung Tieftemperaturphysik, Atominstitut der Österreichischen Universitäten, Wien, Austria
Dr. R. Giles (Department of Physics, Loughborough University,
Loughborough, United Kingdom
Prof. P. Minnhagen (NORDITA, Copenhagen, Denmark

International Advisory Committee

P. Warburton (UK)
Takeshi Hatano (Japan)
Kazuo Kadowaki (Japan)
Reinhold Kleiner (Germany)
Vladimir Krasnov (Sweden)
Hu-Jong Lee (Korea)
Paul Mueller (Germany)
Kensuke Nakajima (Japan)
Huabing Wang (Japan)
Peiheng Wu (China)
Tsutomu Yamashita (Japan)
August Yurgens (Sweden)
Chris Lobb (USA)
D Kautz(USA)
A. Koshelev (USA)
Lev Ioffe (USA)
G Blatter (Switzerland)
Chris Eilbek (Edinburg University)

Abstract presentations

In order to upload your abstract please click here (deadline: 1st December '09)


The conference is supported by: ESF Programme: Arrays of Quantum Dots and Josephson Junctions .

Further Information.

This session has received financial support from the following institutions:

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  • Gobierno de Aragón
  • Ministerio de educación y ciencia
  • DPH
  • Universidad de Zaragoza
  • Ayuntamiento de Benasque


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