After missing our annual meeting in 2020, ANZOS is delighted to announce that the Australian and New Zealand Conference on Optics and Photonics (ANZCOP) is back for 2021 running as ANZCOP21 in mixed online/in-person mode on November 18-19, 2021.
Download the complete ANZCOP21 program and book of abstracts.
Please note that registration for ANZCOP21 has now closed.
ANZCOP 2021 is a special event of the Australian and New Zealand Conference on Optics and Photonics presented on behalf of ANZOS - the Australian and New Zealand Optical Society. ANZCOP21 will focus on ECRs and postgraduate researchers, enabling opportunities for networking, collaboration, and ideas exchange in a hybrid setting - both online and in-person.
We are planning a major meeting on the exciting MeetAnyway online platform with physical hubs in most major cities across Australia and New Zealand. The online platform will allow all participants to interact with community members from across Australia and New Zealand. In-person physical hubs will provide a true conference experience with evening social events.
The conference is open to submissions from all areas of contemporary photonics and optics including
The meeting will run from the mid-afternoon of Thursday November 18 (Australian Eastern Standard Time AEST) through to the evening of Friday November 19.
Events at each hub will be coordinated by Hub Champions (we are still looking for volunteers in some cities, see below).
We are delighted that the Thursday afternoon plenary address will be delivered by the eminent optical physicist Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop AO FFP of the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Queensland. Prof. Rubinsztein-Dunlop is renowned for her many contributions to spectroscopy, nonlinear optics, laser trapping and micromanipulation, quantum chaos and quantum optics. A 2021 SPIE Luminary, she has an accomplished record of service in physics and optics, including as ANZOS Councillor, member of the Board of Directors of SPIE, as Chair of the SPIE Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Sculpted light – one good turn deserves another
The way light can apply forces to a nano- or micro-sized object is easily understood as an exchange of momentum between the light beam and the object. This applies both to linear momentum and to angular momentum exchange. Methods based on these phenomena promise high flexibility and an opportunity for trapping and driving these objects or even using them inside a biological cell for evaluation and better understanding of cellular responses. Optical drive of micron scale devices promises the ability to carry out measurements and operations on microscopic systems in a flexible way. The energy that is needed can be transmitted without harm through many materials including a membrane of a cell. Optical tweezers have been already used in atom optics as well as to measure mechanical properties of cells and their components, and also for studies of molecular motors. The stimulation of cells by forces and torques applied to them has allowed studies of cell response and signal transduction.
Sculpted light produced using programmable spatial light modulators have significantly enhanced the configurable optical trapping. These sculpted light beams can be used for optical trapping of Bose Einstein Condensate and their manipulation. They can also provide beams carrying angular momentum that enables introduction of rotation. Quantitative measurements of this rotation are possible through a measurement of the change of polarisation state of light after passing through the object. The transfer of the angular momentum can then be used for several applications in biology and medicine. Sculpted light can also be used to substantially enhance the trapping efficiency and therefore increase the applied forces.
The day two sessions will feature invited presentations from the following four exciting speakers.
Dr Daria Smirnova
Australian National University
Topological photonics with all-dielectric nanostructures
Dr Miro Erkintalo
University of Auckland
Spontaneous breaking of polarisation symmetry in nonlinear resonators
Dr Andreas Boes
Unlocking all-optical processing with lithium thin-film niobate
Dr Jiawen Li
University of Adelaide
Freeform 3D printed micro-lenses for optical coherence tomography probes
Day one formal events will conclude with a panel discussion on how to explore and sieze opportunities in industry for early and mid-career scientists. The panel will be chaired by optical scientist and entrepreneur Professor Cather Simpson of the University of Auckland. Alongside her academic work, Professor Simpson was the founding director of the Photon Factory and a founder of two spin-off companies, Engender Technologies and Orbis Diagnostics.
We are delighted to welcome the following distinguished speakers to the panel.
Dr Xiaoli Tang
Optical engineering team leader
Dr Steve Frisken
Optical researcher, inventor and entrepreneur
Dr Maria Maragkou
|Dr Matheus J. T. Vargas
Chief Technology Officer
Registration for ANZCOP21 is free for all participants working in optics and photonics within Australia and New Zealand, or for Australian or New Zealand permanent residents working in optics overseas. We also encourage all participants to join as active participants of ANZOS at our membership page. (First year membership is free for all students).
To manage IT planning, formal registration is required to participate in ANZCOP21. Registration for the meeting has now closed.
ANZCOP21 will consist of a mix of invited (30 mins) and contributed (20 mins) talks and posters. Contributed papers must use this standard 1-page Word template. Submissions are limited to one page with approximately 500 words of main text and at most one figure.
While submissions are welcome from all eligible participants, ANZCOP21 has an explicit agenda to promote the work of early career and postgraduate students and we expect that the majority of oral presentations will be drawn from these groups.
Formal submissions to ANZCOP21 for consideration for talks have now closed and all outcomes have been advised.
The technical committee is required to produce a program of talks and posters consistent with EDI principles.
All registrants, staff and volunteers are required to conduct themselves in a respectful manner at all times both in person and online, and not to engage in any form of harassment. All participants are expected to familiarise themselves with the Code of Conduct before the meeting commences.
ANZCOP21 intends to provide support for childcare to allow registrants to engage in both daytime and evening events. This will be in the form of a fixed rate carer allowance. Further details to follow closer to the conference date.
The conference organisers will nominate persons of contact for the overall meeting and at each hub who can be approached with any concerns about inappropriate behaviour. These will be listed here closer to the conference date.
Dr Shahna Haneef
|Dr Rocio Camacho
Australian National University
|Dr Haoran Ren
|Dr Rohan Glover
University of Adelaide
|Amy Van der Hel
University of Queensland
Prof. Igor Aharonovich
University of Technology, Sydney
A/Prof. Frederique Vanholsbeeck
|Prof. Michael Steel
IT oversight and social activities at each city node will be overseen by Hub Champions. We are looking for organisers across all major cities in Australian and New Zealand. Please get in touch if you are interested in supporting ANZCOP21 in one of these roles.
ANZCOP21 is taking place on the traditional lands of many First Nations peoples across Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand.
The organisers of ANZCOP21 acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners of all the lands on which the conference will take place.
We acknowledge the ancestors past, present and emerging and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participating in the conference.
In particular, we acknowledge the following peoples on whose land our gatherings at city hubs will take place :
Ngā Kaitiaki o tēnei whenua e noho nei mātou, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei – Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland
Nei rā ka tai o mihi ki a koutou i raro i te maru o ka rūnaka o Kāti Huirapa ki Puketeraki me Ōtākou. Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Whare Wānaka o Ōtākou | The University of Otago
The MeetAnyway platform provides an online sponsorship and meeting hub suitable for corporate and university sponsors. ANZCOP21 invites corporate sponsors, Centres of Excellence and other interested research centres to support the conference through a flat rate $500 sponsorship. Please contact the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more.
All sponsorship proceeds will be directed to supporting social events in hubs and providing parent/carer support for registrants with babysitter or carer support to attend events. Interested parties should contact Prof. Igor Aharonovich.
For all queries regarding ANZCOP21 please write to email@example.com.
To receive updates regarding the opening of registration and abstract submissions, please send an email with the subject "Subscribe" to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The organising committee of ANZCOP21 sincerely thank our sponsors for their generous support of ANZCOP21: