NFO School

Sponsored by the Vice President for Research Office at the University of Utah.

NFO-13 Summer School Program

Alex Weber-Bargioni
NFO School Director
Molecular Foundry
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California USA

Location: University of Utah, Warnock Engineering Building

Transportation from Snowbird to University of Utah: 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
Transportation from University of Utah to Snowbird: 5:45 – 6:30 p.m.
NFO-13 Welcome Reception and Cocktail at Snowbird: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Agenda: NFO School Agenda (PDF, 70KB)

Round-trip transportation from the NFO-13 conference venue (Snowbird Mountain Resort) to the University of Utah will be provided for all instructors and participants.

Session 1: Overview of Nano Optics

Lecturer: Niek van Hulst
ICFO: The Institute for Photonic Sciences, Spain

9:00-9:45, 15 minute break, 10:00-10:45


  1. Spectral ranges of current interest for nano optics: visible, IR and THz – why are these ranges interesting?
  2. Comparison of SEM, TEM, STM, AFM, STORM, PALM with true nano optics approaches.
  3. Introduction to concept of optical antennae and waveguides.
  4. Signal enhancement of resonant antenna vs molecules.

10:45-11:00 coffee break

Session 2: Diffraction Limits and How to Surpass Them
Lecturer: Reuven Gordon
University of Victoria, Canada

11:00-11:45, 15 minute break, 12:00-12:45


  1. Abbe’s Diffraction Limit
  2. Bethe’s Aperture Theory
  3. Rayleigh Scattering
  4. Single Channel Limit
  5. Waveguide Cut-off
  6. Overcoming these Limits
  7. Theory Example: Single Mode Matching

Lunch 12:45 – 2:00

Session 3: Nano Optics and Devices
Lecturer: Enzo di Fabrizio
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

2:00-2:45, 15 minute break, 3:00-3:45


  1. Fabrication of plasmonic devices (top down and synthesis)
  2. Medical applications (mix of sensing and approaches to cancer treatment)
  3. Plasmonic circuits
  4. Hot electron generation through adiabatic compression

3:45-4:00 coffee break

Session 4: Tips and Antennas for Near-Field Imaging
Lecturer: Monika Fleischer
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany

4:00-4:45, 15 minute break, 5:00-5:45


  1. Confinement of microscopy/spectroscopy techniques to the nm scale via plasmonics
  2. Fabrication and characterization of plasmonic and hybrid nanostructures;
  3. Near-field visualization techniques (polymerization, ablation, …)
  4. Near-field optics: SNOM (aperture/scattering) and TERS

If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact the NFO13 conference manager:
Meghan Webb
Telephone: +1-801-587-2982
Fax: +1-801-587-2990