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Holographic Micro-endoscopy Based on Multimode Waveguides
Tomáš Čižmár, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Germany

ALL-OPTICAL CONTROL OF MAGNETISM: from Fundamentals to Nanoscale Engineering
Theo Rasing, Radboud University, Netherlands

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Rute Ferreira, University of Aveiro, Portugal


Holographic Micro-endoscopy Based on Multimode Waveguides

Tomáš Čižmár
Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology

Brief Bio
Tomáš Cižmár is a Professor in Waveguide optics at the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, he leads the Fibre Research & Technology department at the Leibniz-IPHT in Jena and the group of Complex Photoonics at ISI Brno. Although his scientific background is Physics, throughout his scientific career he took part in a variety of inter-disciplinary projects in Bio-Medical Photonics, mostly related to optical manipulation, digital holography, microscopy and cell biology. His recent research activities are focused on Photonics in random environments and highly turbid media such as biological tissues or multimode waveguides.

* 2017 onwards
   * Head of the Complex Photonics lab at ISI CAS Brno
   * Head of the Fibre Research Technology department at Leibniz-IPHT Jena
   * Professor in Waveguide optics, Friedrich-Schiller University Jena
* 2013 - 2017 - Reader in Physics Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK
* 2010 - 2013 - Academic research fellow at School of Medicine, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK
* 2007 - 2010 - PDRA at School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK
* 2003 - 2006 - PhD at the Institute of Scientific Instruments Masaryk University, Brno, Czechia

The turbid nature of refractive index distribution within living tissues introduces severe aberrations to light propagation thereby severely compromising image reconstruction using currently available non-invasive techniques. Numerous approaches of endoscopy, based mainly on fibre bundles or GRIN-lenses, allow imaging within extended depths of turbid tissues, however, their footprint causes profound mechanical damage to all overlying regions.
Progress in the domain of complex photonics enabled a new generation of minimally invasive, high-resolution endoscopes by substitution of the Fourier-based image relays with a holographic control of light propagating through apparently randomizing multimode optical waveguides. This form of endo-microscopy became recently a very attractive way to provide minimally invasive insight into hard-to-access locations within living objects.
I will review our fundamental and technological progression in this domain and introduce several applications of this concept in bio-medically relevant environments.
I will present isotropic volumetric imaging modality based on light-sheet microscopy. Further, I will demonstrate the utilization of multimode fibres for imaging in a brain tissue of a living animal model.
Lastly, I will show the development and exploitation of highly specialised fibre probes for numerous advanced bio-photonics applications including high-resolution imaging and optical manipulation.



ALL-OPTICAL CONTROL OF MAGNETISM: from Fundamentals to Nanoscale Engineering

Theo Rasing
Radboud University

Brief Bio
Theo Rasing is full professor of physics at Radboud University, Nijmegen, Director of its Institute for Molecules and Materials, elected member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Academia Europaea, honorary member of the Ioffe Institute in St. Petersburg, Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion and recipient of many scientific prices and awards, including an ERC Advanced Grant 2013, the Spinoza Award 2008, and the Prize for Science and Society 2008. His research focuses on the study and control of the properties of functional (molecular/photonic/magnetic) nanomaterials on ultrafast (femtosecond) timescales. Rasing has co-authored over 480 papers with over 17000 citations (h-index 63 Google, h index 54, Web of Science). Publications include 41 articles in Physical Review Letters and 15 in Nature Group journals. One of the Physical Review Letters of 2007 was mentioned as one of the Breakthroughs of the year by Science. Rasing is co-inventor on 3 patent applications.

The 21st century digital economy and technology is presently facing fundamental scaling limits (heating and the superparamagnetic limit) as well as societal challenges: the move to mobile devices and the increasing demand of cloud storage leads to an enormous increase in energy consumption of our ICT infrastructure. These developments require new strategies and paradigm shifts, such as photon- and spin-based technologies. Since the demonstration of magnetization reversal by a single 40 femtosecond laser pulse, the manipulation of spins by ultra-short laser pulses has become a fundamentally challenging topic with a potentially high impact for future spintronics, data storage and quantum computation. The ability to control the macroscopic magnetic ordering by means of femtosecond laser pulses provides an alternative and energy efficient approach to magnetic recording. The realization that femtosecond laser induced all-optical switching (AOS) as observed in ferrimagnets exploits the exchange interaction between their sub-lattices, has opened the way to engineer new and rare-earth-free magnetic materials for AOS. Expansion to hybrid magnetic materials, multilayers, FePt and even magnetic garnets are ongoing efforts to expand AOS to future magnetic recording media technology. Recent developments using plasmonic antennas indicate the possibility to even scale the technique of AOS to the nanoscale, making AOS a potential candidate for fast and energy efficient data storage.



Recent References:
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I.Radu et al, Nature 472, 205 (2011)
T. Ostler et al, Nature Comm. 3, 666 (2012)
C. Graves et al, Nature Materials 12, 293 (2013)
Tian-Min Liu et al, Nano Letters, (2015)
R. V. Mikhaylovskiy et al, Nature Comm. 2015
L. LeGuyader et al, Nature Comm. 2015
T. J. Huisman, et al, Nature Nanotechnology 11, 455 (2016)
A. Stupakiewicz et al, Nature 20807 (2017)



Keynote Lecture

Rute Ferreira
University of Aveiro

Brief Bio
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