NATO Advanced Study Institute titled “Light-Matter Interactions Towards the Nanoscale” to be held in Erice, Italy on July 20- August 4, 2019.

The International School of Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy of the Ettore Majorana Center is organizing a NATO Advanced Study Institute titled “Light-Matter Interactions Towards the Nanoscale” to be held in Erice, Italy on July 20- August 4, 2019.

The emergence of new materials, advanced nanofabrication techniques and light sources allow for unprecedented manipulation of atoms and electrons for controlling the light-matter interaction and the flow of light in materials.

The school will examine the key aspects of nanoscale light-matter interactions: nanofabrication techniques, the fundamental physics of the interaction of light with materials, and new experimental and theoretical tools. Research areas to be examined include topological photonics, optical metamaterials and metasurfaces, subdiffraction-limited optics (super-resolution optical microscopy) of nanoparticles, biosensing with optical resonators and plasmonic systems, nanostructures for light management in solar cells and light-emitting devices, single photon sources and sensing, and integrated photonic systems. 

The Institute will introduce the students to the field and provide a comprehensive overview on experiments and theory, basic physics and applications as well as on nanofabrication and optical characterization. It will bring together physicists, chemists, and engineers; 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 frontiers of research in a systematic and didactic fashion.

The participants will have the opportunity to interact with each other in a stimulating atmosphere and to present their research work in the form of short seminars or posters.

More information can be found at



Martin Wegener, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, GERMANY

Lukas Novotny, ETH, Zurich, SWITZERLAND

Mark I. Stockman, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA

Sergei Gaponenko, National Academy of Sciences, Minsk, BELARUS

Gennady Shvets, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA 

Lora Ramunno, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, CANADA

Ekaterina Shamonina, Oxford University, Oxford, UK

Mário Silvereirinha, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, PORTUGAL

Ilaria Testa, KTH, Stockholm, SWEDEN

Stephen Arnold, New York University, New York, NY, USA

Wolfram Pernice, University of Münster, Münster, GERMANY

John Bowen, University of Reading, Reading, UK

Ivan Fernando-Corbaton, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, GERMANY

John Collins, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, USA

Graduate students, Post docs, and other scientists/engineers interested in the field of Nanophotonics should email the Director of the School:


Professor John Collins

Department of Physics and Astronomy  

Wheaton College

Norton, MA 02766, USA



Application Material: 

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.

Application Deadline June 10, 2019

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