NFO-6 is the 6th international conference on Near Field Optics (NFO) and Related Techniques, which will be organised at the University of Twente in the Netherlands in August 2000. The Twente campus university has extensive professional experience in organising international conferences. The campus site has a hotel and a variety in guest and student houses to guarantee housing of both senior and young researchers. About 350 participants from mainly Europe, US and Japan are expected at NFO-6 Twente 2000. With NFO-6 the international conference for sub-wavelength optics finally returns to Europe, after sucessful and steadily expanding meetings in Besançon 1992, Raleigh 1993, Brno 1995, Jerusalem 1997 and Shirahama 1998.
The NFO conference series is the principal forum for advances in sub-wavelength optics, near field optical microscopy, local optical field enhancement, instrumental developments and the wide range of applications. Since the early nineties the NFO field is going through strong and fast scientific and technological developments. Especially near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM), which provides the ability to resolve sub-wavelength structures beyond the diffraction barrier, has found its way in a wide variety of applications in physics, chemistry, materials science, data storage and life sciences. The goal of the conference is to create an environment for open exchange of topical research information and to stimulate discussion on novel concepts and fields of application. The conference will especially provide an excellent opportunity for European scientists to exchange their latest results and ideas with the world top on NFO. Obviously the community interest prevails throughout this project.