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12-13 September 2023 | University of Sheffield

International Workshop on 'Near-field Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy'

Date :
12 September 2023 - 13 September 2023
Time :
All Day
Location :
The University of Sheffield
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About this event

  • This multidisciplinary event will bring together researchers working on optical nano-imaging and nano-spectroscopy with applications in a range of systems from solid state to biology. Techniques such as s-SNOM, nanoFTIR, AFM-IR and other tip-enhanced methods will be discussed
  • The event will include an optional demonstration of the equipment and capabilities in the new Near-field Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy Centre (NOSC) in Sheffield
  • The full day workshop will comprise of six invited talks, several contributed talks and a poster session

When and where

Tuesday, 12 September 2023 (pm) – s-SNOM and nano-FTIR equipment and experiment demonstration

  • Demonstration by Neaspec/Attocube and Sheffield staff of the new Near-field Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy Centre (NOSC) at the Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • 30-60 minute slots will be available between 13:00 and 18:00
  • You can indicate if you would like to attend a demonstration when you register
  • Venue – Department of Physics & Astronomy, Hicks Building, Hounsfield Road, Sheffield,  S3 7RH, UK

Wednesday, 13 September 2023 (full day) – Workshop 

  • The workshop will comprise of six invited talks, several contributed talks and a poster session
  • Venue – Inox, level 5, Students Union Building, Durham Road, Sheffield S10 2TG, UK

Invited speakers

  • Rainer Hillenbrand – CIC nanoGUNE
  • Jessica Boland – The University of Manchester, “Exposing the dielectric function of low-dimensional quantum materials at the nanoscale via near-field MIR/THz spectroscopy”
  • Nathaniel J. Huáng – NPL, “Advanced probing of light-matter interaction at nanoscale for quantum optoelectronics”
  • Alexey Kuzmenko – University of Geneva, “Cryogenic s-SNOM studies of oxide heterostructures”
  • Chris Phillips – Imperial College London, “s-SNOM Nanoscale chemical imaging of biological specimens”
  • Jin-Chong Tan – University of Oxford, “Near-field nanoanalytics of tuneable metal-organic frameworks”

Contributed talks 

  • Lars Mester – Attocube
  • Alexander Knight – University of Sheffield
  • Thomas Siday – University of Oxford, “Ultrafast nano-imaging and spectroscopy of carrier dynamics within metal halide perovskites”
  • Lucy Hale – ETH Zürich, “Near-field spectroscopy of high Q modes in individual asymmetric split-ring Terahertz resonators”


Poster abstract submission

  • Abstracts should be a single sheet of A4, sent in PDF or Word document format.  Please ensure you include a list of authors, affiliations and a corresponding author email
  • Please submit your abstract to
  • Deadline – 24 July 2023


  • Online Registration is now open
  • Fee – student rate 30 GBP, non-student rate 50 GBP (includes refreshments & lunch)
  • Participants can register and pay the fee (by debit/credit card) on the University of Sheffield’s online store
  • The University On-line Store works in the same way as any other on-line store (Amazon, Play, etc)
  • You will receive an email confirmation of your payment (once the credit/debit card payment is successfully processed)
  • Cancellations and Refunds – delegates may cancel their registration at any time but please note that all refunds will be subject to the University of Sheffield’s standard T&C’s, see here

Conference sponsors

This event is supported by the UKRI Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [grant number EP/V007696/1]


Organising committee

  • Alexander Tartakovskii, Jamie Hobbs, Cornelia Rodenburg, Julia Weinstein, Alexander Knight, Sally Greenhough

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline – Monday, 24 July 2023
  • Online registration closes – Friday, 8 September 2023
  • Optional demonstration – Tuesday, 12 September 2023 (pm) 
  • Full day workshop – Wednesday, 13 September 2023 (full day)