New date

The seminar has been postponed to 16 to 18 August 2021. We will be in touch shortly and hope to see you all in Bad Honnef in 2021.

Seminar cancelled

Due to the deteriorating situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19),  the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation and we as the scientific organisers have decided to cancel the 720. WE-Heraeus-Seminar on Structures in Confined Light.

We regret having to make this decision, but given the dynamic development in the spread of the virus we do not want to take incalculable risks for all those involved. Due to increasing travel restrictions, scientific exchange on an international level would have been considerably restricted anyway.

Corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Together with the Heraeus Foundation we monitor the situation that has arisen because of the spread of the corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and we ask you to look at the following notice of from the Heraeus Fundation .

As such we are currently working on the assumption that the situation will allow the workshop to go ahead.

More information about COVID-19 and a set of recommendations can be found under:

What is confined light?

The ability to shape light has revolutionized imaging, optical trapping and both quantum and classical communication. The simultaneous control over both spatio-temporal intensity and polarization structures requires new approaches to optical devices such as meta-materials and -surfaces while at the same time the handedness of structured light lends itself to imaging, probing and manipulating the geometry and potentially chirality of matter. In addition, the generation, propagation and interaction of structured light with matter is governed by topological invariants and conservation laws, which add a  complex mathematical component to this exciting and interdisciplinary field.

This is why we will bring together both young scientists and established, world leading experts from different areas such as mathematical optics, chemistry, microscopy, material science and biomedical physics.