Optoelectronics is now central to social, technological and economic development, yet the continuity of delivery of performance enhancement is rapidly approaching fundamental barriers associated with quantum effects. These EuroConferences will address the broad issues related to the challenging future of quantum optoelectronics within the context of three selected themes, each based primarily on fundamental physical studies.
The first meeting, in Les Houches, will bring together experts in ultra-fast processes in semiconductor nanostructures, and will build on a previous extremely successful series of EuroConferences. The primary objective will be to review the state of the art in ultra-fast optical probes of electron dynamics and exotic photonic structures with relevance to future devices, including polymeric semiconductors, spin-polarised systems, non-linear response, quantum wires and dots, and photonic solids.
Theoretical progress will be included, with emphasis on making close contact with experiment and on guiding future development. Sessions on spin effects, and on entanglement, will address developments related to quantum computation. The second meeting will largely concentrate on methods of quantum state manipulation, both for electronic and optical states. This will include advances in nanofabrication, nano-optical probes, electronic excitation, coherent manipulation, phase-related electronic and optical effects, and terahertz physics and technology. The emphasis will be on optoelectronic interactions, as probes of fundamental properties and as potential sources of device functionality.
One session will be devoted to quantum optical aspects of light-matter interaction. The third meeting will include further development of selected fields from the earlier conferences, but will be developed around the exploitation of explicitly quantum-mechanical aspects of optoelectronic interactions, including quantum computation. Particular emphasis will be given to coherent spin manipulation, entangled state production and manipulation, single-photon sources and detectors and quantum control of atoms. The schedule will be constructed in order to maximise informal discussions between participants, and to give optimal training opportunities for young researchers.