July 4-8, 2021, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
APNFO-13 has been postponed to July 29-31, 2022 due to COVID-19 pandemic. The Organizing Committee is currently planning to hold the meeting face-to-face, contingent upon improvement in the situation.
Abstract submission deadline:
February 26, 2021 (23:59 JST) Postponed to April 8, 2022 (23:59 JST)
Online registration by:
June 23, 2021 (23:59 JST) Postponed, TBA
The Asia-Pacific Conference on Near-field Optics (APNFO) has provided an opportunity for leading scientists and young
researchers in the field of nano-optics to discuss new ideas and approaches in cutting-edge research, and to network with
each other. APNFO has been held every two years, following the first meeting in Seoul in 1996, in Beijing, Melbourne,
Taroko, Niigata, Yellow Mountain, Jeju, Adelaide, Singapore, Hakodate, Tainan, Xiamen and will be held in Sapporo, Japan
Rapid progress in nanoscience and nanotechnology has made near-field optics more attractive and applicable to various research fields on condensed matter physics including chemistry and biology. The unique characteristics of light-matter interactions on the nanoscale have provided a tool for microscopic study to pursue basic science interests, including the quantum mechanical nature of light and electrons. It has also brought a discipline to address engineering and manufacturing challenges for making devices smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient, and more importantly, for promoting conceptually new device paradigms.
In the coming phase, the near-field nano-optics is expected to be applied not only to biosensors and nanofabrication technology, but also to light-energy conversions and storages such as solar cells and artificial photosynthesis. At APNFO-13, we organize a special session entitled "Hot carrier sciences and its application to light-energy conversions" to allow participants to share their experiences, problems, and concerns, and to discuss promising future directions. In addition, keynote and invited speakers are also arranged to exhibit the current trends in near-field optics, which will inspire and motivate young researchers and students.