London Plasmonics Forum 2017 – 14th June 2017


The 3rd Annual London Plasmonics Forum will be held on the 14th of June 2017 at King’s College London.  It is open to all researchers and companies in London, UK, Europe and worldwide. Last year’s London Plasmonic Forum was a sell-out event with over 100 participants. This year young researchers (post-docs and PhD students) can apply to present either a poster or give a talk.  


The keynote speaker will be James Dimmock from Sharp Electronics and his talk will be entitled “Thin metal layers for photodetectors and solar cells”.  James is a lead researcher in semiconductor physics at Sharp Laboratories of Europe, where he has spent over 8 years investigating next generation optoelectronic technology. In 2014 he demonstrated a hot carrier photovoltaic cell in a semiconductor structure, based on resonant tunnelling of photogenerated hot electrons. He has recently completed an industrial fellowship at Imperial College London, investigating hot carrier photovoltaic cells with thin film metallic absorbers and their extension for use as photodetectors.


Registration is free but please book using the link below for logistical purposes.


London Local Section at the Capital Physics Teacher Conference

On the 28th June 2016 Dr Alex Clark and Dr Robert Woodward from the OSA London Local Section joined forces with Mr Henry Hammond, Director of Physics at Alexandra Park School, at the TagsCapital Physics Annual Conference to deliver a Workshop on Optics and Photonics.


The aim of this was to train teachers in the use of optics and photonics kits in the classroom, including the OSA Explore Optics Kits. There were many demonstrations from paraxial ray cloaking to Pepper’s Ghost, building a spectrometer and measuring the wavelength of a laser. At the end of the workshop the teachers were all enthusiastic to try out the kits with each of them taking one back to their school.

If other teachers want to get involved then please join the local section using the “Join!” tab above.

Talk from Dr Jas Sanhera – 11.30am 23rd June – City University

Tomorrow we will have a talk from Dr Jas Sanhera from the US Naval Research Labs in Washington DC.

The Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC possess facilities for the synthesis of ultrahigh purity chemicals and their conversion into undoped and rare earth/transition metal ion doped glasses, glass ceramics, ceramics, and crystals that can be monolithic bulk optics, thin films, and optical fibers using selective processes such as melting, casting, sintering, sputtering, evaporation, extrusion, and fiber drawing, respectively. The linear and nonlinear optical properties of these materials are then exploited in many applications including laser power delivery, laser power generation, fluorescent sources, chem/bio sensing, and flexible photovoltaics. This talk will focus on the many different optical materials and their applications.

Hope to see some of you there!

Location: City University London, Main Building (Marked 3 below), Northampton Suite B, Level 4, EC1V 0HB
Date and Time: Thursday 23rd June 2016. Lecture from 11.30am to 12.30pm
Coffees: From 11.00am to 11.30am.
Contact: Prof. B M A Rahman, City University London, Email:
Directions: Nearest Tube station: Angel, Northern Line (Bank branch).