Plasmonics Workshop at Imperial College London

15-17 June 2020


This event has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak

A workshop aimed at generating synergy between a fast-growing community of applied mathematicians interested in problems arising in “plasmonics” — currently one of the most exciting and vibrant fields in applied physics — and some of the leading physicists working in this field, including both theorists and experimentalists. 








Background: There is currently a major scientific endeavour, carrying far-reaching ramifications to bio-sensing, imaging, medical treatment and defence applications, to devise methods to effectively manipulate light and light-matter interactions on subwavelength, nanometric, length scales. In particular, plasmonic techniques rely on the unique optical properties of metals in the visible spectrum and the ability to fabricate tailored metallic structures on the nanoscale. Over the last two decades, theoretical and experimental advancements in plasmonics have been influencing breakthroughs in other branches of nanophotonics and in the related field of metamaterials, with ideas crossing over to sound, elastic, seismic and water waves.


Plasmonics has also been attracting significant attention in applied mathematics, originally owing to a number of puzzling physical “paradoxes” and a surprising linkage found between the physical resonances of metallic nanostructures and classical spectral problems arising widely in mathematical analysis. The goal of this joint math-physics workshop is to present new developments in the field alongside novel exact, asymptotic and numerical methods and results. It’s an opportunity to generate new connections between physicists and applied mathematicians, exchange ideas and discover new potential collaborators with distinct toolkits. 

Topics include:

  1. New phenomena and physics in plasmonics and related topics, with emphasis on modelling challenges and open theoretical questions.

  2. Transformation optics applied to plasmonics; novel asymptotic and numerical methods; modelling plasmonic structures with multiple-scale and singular geometries.

  3. Spectral problems in nanophotonics: plasmonic eigenvalue problem, Neumann-Poincare operator and modal theory beyond the quasi-static regime. 

  4. Paradoxes in plasmonics and metamaterials and their interpretation; singular effects of weak dissipation and material nonlocality.

  5. Similar challenges in acoustic/elastic resonant wave-structure interactions. 

Speakers:  Javier Aizpurua (CSIC), Habib Ammari (ETH)Jeremy J. Baumberg (Cambridge University), Eric Bonnetier (Université Joseph Fourier), Javier Garcia de Abajo (ICREA–ICFO), Vincenzo Giannini (CSIC), Ulrich Hohenester (Karl-Franzens University)Simon Horsley (Exeter University)Paloma A. Huidobro (Instituto de Telecomunicações – Instituto Supérior Tecnico), Hyeonbae Kang (Inha University), Philippe Lalanne (Paris Tech – Institut d'Optique), Stefan Maier (LMU Munich & Imperial College)Graeme Milton (Utah University), Yoshihisa Miyanishi (Osaka University)John B. Pendry (Imperial College), Anne-Sophie Bonnet-Ben Dhia (École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées), Matias Ruiz (Imperial College)Ory Schnitzer (Imperial College)Michael Siegel (NJIT), Yonatan Sivan (Ben-Gurion University), Sanghyeon Yu (Korea University), Anatoly Zayats (King's College)

Venue: Queen's Gate 170

Workshop dinner (Day 2, Invited speakers and organisers):  Ognisko Restaurant


If you would like to apply to participate in the workshop please register using the button below (no fee). There are limited spaces and preference will be given to poster presenters. ​Speakers do not need to register.

Workshop organisers: Ory Schnitzer, Matias Ruiz, John B. Pendry and Richard V. Craster


EPSRC (New Investigator Award EP/R041458/1) 

Quantitative Science Research Institute (QSRI). To join the QSRI mailing list go here. 

Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London (Cecilia Tanner workshop support grant).