About the conference

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ICOAM 2021 is the 6th conference of the series, which is bringing together scientists whose research is focusing on structured light in a broad sense. The optical angular momentum attached to certain structures, i.e. twisted wavefronts, might be the most well-known property but certainly, it is only one of the many peculiar features characterizing these states of light. Besides the fundamentally interesting properties, structured light is highly appealing for a vast field of applications ranging from light-matter interactions to quantum information, to imaging and microscopy. Over the last decades, the field has also branched out into various directions, such as nonlinear optics, optical communication and matter-wave phenomena, which are topics similarly covered by the conference.

The list of invited speakers can be found here.

The upcoming meeting in Tampere will provide the opportunity for researchers to share their latest results and discuss new ideas about the future directions yet to be explored.

Conference topics

  • Fundamentals of optical angular momentum
  • Structured light
  • Singular optics
  • Interaction of structured light with matter
  • Imaging and microscopy
  • Optical forces, trapping, and optomechanics
  • Optical spin-orbit effects
  • Quantum information
  • Quantum simulation
  • Free-space and guided optical communication
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Structured matter waves

Scientific Committee

  • David Andrews (University of East Anglia, UK)
  • Peter Banzer (University of Graz, Austria)
  • Konstatin Bliokh (RIKEN, Japan)
  • Robert W. Boyd (University of Ottawa, Canada)
  • Mark R. Dennis (University of Birmingham, UK)
  • Andrew Forbes (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa)
  • Sonja Franke-Arnold (University of Glasgow, UK)
  • Ido Kaminer (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
  • Ebrahim Karimi (University of Ottawa, Canada)
  • Natalia Litchinitser (Duke University, USA)
  • Lorenzo Marrucci (University of Naples Federico II, Italy)
  • Miles Padgett (University of Glasgow, UK)
  • Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Anton Zeilinger (Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information Vienna, Austria)

Local Organizers

Marco Ornigotti & Robert Fickler

Former ICOAM conferences