EOS Topical Meeting on Diffractive Optics 2019

Historical perspectives
This topical meeting series on diffractive optics was established by the present program co-chairs in 1995, with the inaugural meeting in Prague. The series continued on a biennial basis with meetings held in Savonlinna (1997), Jena (1999), Budapest (2001), Oxford (2003), Warsaw (2005), Barcelona (2007), Koli (2010), and Delft (2012). In 2014 and 2016 the Diffractive Optics meeting was arranged as a part of EOSAM. In 2016, however, a decision was made by EOS to re-establish it as an independent EOS Topical Meeting, again to be held biennially. The meeting was held in Joensuu (2017), with a conference dinner in the medieval castle in Savonlinna, thus coming back to the roots of the meeting.

From the beginning, these topical meetings have gathered an audience of roughly 100-150 attendees, some of whom have participated in the meetings from the start. Again, our intention is to organize an informal, working-shop-like gathering of like-minded people, respecting the old traditions but also expanding the scope according to recent developments in the field.

Topics include
The scope of the meeting covers all fundamental and applied aspects of diffractive optics and related fields. The topics include but are not limited to:

  • Physical optics theory
  • Source modeling; partially coherent, broadband, pulsed fields
  • Field tracing concepts and models
  • Physical optics effects; polarization, coherence, shifts
  • Diffractive optics at short wavelengths
  • Subwavelength structures, metamaterials, and plasmonics
  • Photometric and radiometric detectors in physical optics
  • Diffraction gratings
  • Diffractive- and meta-lenses
  • Light shaping; DOE, diffuser, freeform
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Industrial and commercial applications


Organizing Committee
Jari Turunen (co-chair, Finland)
Frank Wyrowski (co-chair, Germany)
Hannele Karppinen (EOS representative)
Elina Koistinen (EOS representative)

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16.09.2019 - 19.09.2019


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