Prof. Sir David Neil Payne
Director of the Zepler Institute and Optoelectronics Research Centre, Southampton, UK
Co-Director the Photonics Institute, NTU, Singapore
Marconi Society Board Member
PI National Manufacturing Hub in Future Photonics
Areas of research:
Photonics manufacturing, Diode-pumped high-power fiber lasers, Photonics based on hollow-core fibers, Nanophotonics, Photonics of CMOS systems, circuits and sensors people/5wydcg/professor-sir-david-payne#research

Prof. Pierre Chavel
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Institut d'Optique, France
Areas of research:
dielectric materials, diffractive optical elements, nanolithography, optical waveguides and resonators, periodic structures, mirrors, scanning electron microscopy, integrated optoelectronics, simulated annealing, CMOS integrated circuits, VLSI, Gaussian noise, cellular arrays, cellular neural nets, neural chips, computer vision, convolution, image processing, mixed analogue-digital integrated circuits, optical computing, optical noise

Prof. Kishan Dholakia
School of Physics and Astronomy - Professor
Physical Science Building, North Haugh
St Andrews, United Kingdom

Center of Light for Life and School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide, Australia.
Areas of interest:
Professor Dholakia founded the area of biophotonics, establishing the now internationally renowned Centre of Biophotonics. More recently, he was instrumental in the formation of the James Mackenzie Institute for Early Diagnosis in 2019. He has worked extensively in the fields of Optics and biophotonics, exotic and structured light fields, optical tweezers and levitated opto-mechanics, novel bioimaging methods, Raman spectroscopy, speckle metrology, computational imaging schemes for biomedicine. He is the recipient of the International Optics and Photonics Society (SPIE) Dennis Gabor Award (2018), the Institute of Physics Thomas Young Medal and Prize (2017), the Optical Society’s R. W. Wood Prize (2016), the Royal Society London Wolfson Merit Award (2008-2013) and the European Optics Prize (2003). His work on fundamental physics is also cited in the Guinness book of World Records in 2015 for the fastest ‘man-made’ rotation. He has more than 340 research publications and over 27 patent families filed, 23 of which are licensed.

Prof. Siddharth Ramachandran
Distinguished Professor of Engineering (ECE, Physics, MSE)
Boston University College of Engineering
Areas of research:
Nonlinear, Ultrafast and Quantum Photonics, Fundamentals of light-matter interactions, Fibers and guided-wave devices, Super-resolution & Brain imaging, Classical & Quantum Networks

Professor Nikolay Zheludev
Deputy Director, Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, UK
Director, Centre for Disruptive Photonic Technologies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Areas of research:
Picophotonics, nanophotonic, metamaterials, nonlinear optics and toroidal electrodynamics Optical metrology using Nanophotonics, high-value photonic manufacturing, topological optical microscopy, patterning atomic scale devices, photonic metasystems and metadevices, Optical Properties of Nanostructured Twisted Planar Meta-Materials, Nanoscale photonics of structural transformations, photonic metamaterials

Prof. Walter Belardi
Excellence research chair in Photonics,
Université de Lille, France.
Areas of research:
The numerical design, fabrication and applications of novel optical fibre technologies, Birefringence, Photonic crystal fiber, Fiber characterization, Large core fiber, Nonlinear optics, gratings, Optical Signal Processing optical fiber communication, Optical fiber devices, optical fiber switches optical switching, Optical code-division multiaccess, four-wave mixing

Prof. Vasudevan (Vengu) Lakshminarayanan
Physics, Systems Design Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Waterloo
Areas of interest:
Prof Lakshminarayanan has worked on molecular spectroscopy, biomedical engineering, applied mathematics, cognitive science and perception, optical science and engineering, science education/policy as well as in physiological optics/vision science/ophthalmology/optometry

Professor Withawat Withayachumnankul
School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
University of Adelaide
Areas of interest:
Terahertz materials and devices, Metasurfaces for full control of free-space waves, High-efficiency broadband terahertz antennas, Substrateless integrated platform for terahertz frontends, 6G communications and beyond, Non-destructive evaluation and security screening profile/withawat.withayachumnankul

Prof. Venugopal Achanta
Director, CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL), New Delhi, India
Area of research:
Materials Science, Optics, Plasmonics, Photonic Crystals, quantum dots

Prof. G Ravindrakumar
Ultrashort Pulse High Intensity Laser Laboratory Distinguished Professor, TIFR, Mumbai, India
Area of research:
interaction of intense, ultrashort pulses of light with single molecules; studies on the behavior of hot, dense plasmas created by intense, femtosecond light pulses, nonlinear optical materials.

Prof. Sushil Mujumdar
Nano-Optics & Mesoscopic Optics Laboratory TIFR, Mumbai, India
Area of research:
fundamental aspects of mesoscopic phenomena related to light propagation in disordered systems. Quantum photonics, quantum communication, non-linear complex media

Professor Yuri Kivshar
Distinguished Professor Non-linear physics centre Australian National University, Australia
Research director of The International Research Centre for Nanophotonics and Metamaterials (St. Petersburg, Russia)
Area of research:
Nonlinear optics, solitons and metamaterials, nonlinear photonic crystal and composite materials theories.

Prof. Arseniy Kuznetsov
Head of Advanced Concepts and Nanotechnology Institute of Materials Research and Engineering
A*STARS Institute of Materials Research and Engineering Singapore
Prof. Kuznetsov is a Principal Scientist and Head of the Advanced Optical Technologies department at A*STAR’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE). He obtained his double PhD degree at the University of Paris 13 in 2005 and the Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2006, and was a research fellow at leading research institutes in Germany and Russia before joining A*STAR in 2011. His research interests include nanophotonics, flat optics, dielectric nanoantennas, and nanotechnology.

Prof. Subramanian Anantha Ramakrishna
Director, CSIR-CSIO Chandigarh
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Prof. Ramakrishna specializes in optics and condensed matter physics. His research interests include photonic properties of nano- and micro- structured materials. He has worked on the development of metamaterials and plasmonic surfaces for applications at infra-red to optical frequencies. He has also done theoretical and experimental work on negative refractive index, near-field imaging using negative index and plasmonic materials. He was awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology in 2016.

Prof. Ranjan Singh
Associate Professor, Division of Physics and Applied Physics School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
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Prof. Ranjan Singh’s research interest includes terahertz devices for 6G communications, topological photonics, smart sensors, superconductors, ultrafast optics, terahertz time resolved spectroscopy, micro-nano-quantum photonics, metamaterials, and plasmonics. He is an elected Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA) since 2019 for his pioneering contributions in the fields of terahertz science and technology through the development of active metamaterial platforms for sensing, slow light, and communication applications.

Prof. Miguel A. Alonso
Professor, Centrale Méditérranée and Institut Fresnel, Marseille, France.
Professor Alonso’s research is on mathematical aspects of wave propagation, in particular on the description and applications of beams with structured intensity and polarization distributions, optical coherence, and the connection between the ray and wave models of light. He has been Associate Editor and Deputy Editor for Optics Express, Chair of Spotlight on Optics, Associate Editor for Optica, and currently serves as Editor in Chief of Optics Letters. He is a Fellow of Optica (formerly OSA, The Optical Society). He also holds a Professor appointment at The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, USA. He is the 2023 recipient of the 2023 SPIE G.G. Stokes Award in Optical Polarization.

Prof. Michael Feiginov
Professor, TU Wein
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His broad areas of research are Semiconductor theory and Electromagnetic design and analysis, particularly THz antennas, resonators, THz measurements and Microfabrication technology. He has worked on Resonant tunneling diodes (RTDs) and THz oscillators. This has involved work in the following specific areas: the physics of fast electron transport in tunnel and low-dimensional semiconductor structures, THz sources, detectors and systems, Optoelectronic THz components (THz pin photodiodes, photomixers, non-linear optical components, etc., Plasmonics, especially THz plasmonics and low-dimensional plasma excitations.

Professor Soma Venugopal Rao
Advanced Center of Research in high-Energy Materials (ACRHEM) University of Hyderabad
High Energy Materials and their interaction with ultrashort pulses, Laser spectroscopy based techniques for detection of explosives (point, standoff, remote), Picosecond and Femtosecond ablation for creating Nanoparticles and Nanostructures for SERS studies, Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy with ns, ps, and fs pulses, Materials for terahertz generation, Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy, Micro-/Nano-machining of optical components in polymers, crystals, and silicon, Femtosecond Laser Direct Writing, Two-photon Polymerization, Laser Interference Lithography, Micro-/Nano-machining of Waveguides, Y-branches, Bragg gratings, and Filters in polymers, crystals, and silicon using high energy (MeV) proton beam, Semiconductor Nonlinear Optics: Optical frequency conversion , propagation Loss measurements in waveguides using scattering and cw Fabry-Perot techniques, Nonlinear Optics: Optical limiting, 3rd order and 2nd order nonlinearities, Degenerate Four Wave Mixing, Z-scan, SHG, and Electric Field Induced SHG.

Professor Nirmal Viswanathan
School of Physics, University of Hyderabad
Singular (Topological) Optics, Non diffracting beams (Bessel type), Optical beam shifts, Crystal Optics, Optical Angular Momentum, Surface Plasmon Resonance

Professor Naresh Emani
Department of Electrical Engineering Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
Nanophotonics, Photovoltaics, Optoelectronic devices, Nanofabrication, Sensors, Semiconducting Devices, Nanoscience & Technology, Optics/Photonics/Spectroscopy

Professor Subhasish Dutta Gupta
TIFR Hyderabad
School of Physics, University of Hyderabad
Spin-Orbit interaction in structured optical fields and vector beams, Transverse spin in tight focusing in a tilted optical tweezer, Berreman modes and Bound States in Continuum in optical systems, Negative index behavior in polar molecules and correlated photon lasers

Professor Rajeev S Kini
Physics Department IISER, Thiruvananthapuram
Development of optical and electronic nanostructure devices, Light-matter interaction in the quantum regime, Ultrafast optical studies of emergent material systems (Transition metal dichalcogenides, Strongly Correlated Materials), Terahertz spectroscopy and imaging

Professor Parinda Vasa
Physics Department IIT Bombay, Mumbai
Plasmonics, Ultrafast spectroscopy, Nano-optics, Metal and semiconductor nanostrcuctures
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Professor Gagan Kumar
Department of Physics
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Terahertz spectroscopy, Plasmonics and Metamaterials, Guided wave devices and sensors, Plasmonic solar cell devices, Nanoporous silicon and applications

Professor Samir K Mondal
Senior Principal Scientist, Micro and Nano Optics Centre (µ-NOC) CSIO Chandigarh
Optical nanoantenna and nanophotonics, Optical nano-tweezer, Near field optics imaging/sensor, Surface plasmon, Optical coherence tomography

Professor N. Kamaraju
Department of Physical Sciences IISER Kolkata
Ultrafast dynamics in condensed matter systems using femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy and time and frequency resolved terahertz (THz) spectroscopy. The pump and probe pulses range from UV, VIS, IR and THz wavelengths. Nonlinear response of the condensed matter will be investigated using femtosecond pulses in this electromagnetic region. Some examples of excellent candidates to use THz and femtosecond pulses are 2D systems like 2DEG/2DHG, 2D layered materials, topological systems, solar cells, strongly correlated systems and artificially created metamaterials

Professor Shivakiran B N Bhaktha
Department of Physics Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Random Lasers, Photonic Crystals, Plasmonics, Glass Photonics, Optofluidics, Micro-resonators, Nonlinear Optics, Photonic Devices and Sensors

Professor Sivarama Krishnan
Department of Physics Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai
Femto- and atto-second light pulses, Dynamics in nano-scale systems, nanoscale superfluidics with He nanodroplets. Next-gen photolithography, EUV and x-ray sources.