The 13th Asia-Pacific Conference on Near-Field Optics (APNFO13)

July 4-8, 2021, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
APNFO-13 has been postponed to July 29-31, 2022 due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The Organizing Committee is currently planning to hold the meeting face-to-face, contingent upon improvement in the situation.

Important dates
Abstract submission deadline: February 26, 2021 (23:59 JST) Postponed to April 8, 2022 (23:59 JST)
Online registration by: June 23, 2021 (23:59 JST) Postponed, TBA

2nd Call For Papers


The Asia-Pacific Conference on Near-field Optics (APNFO) has provided an opportunity for leading scientists and young researchers in the field of nano-optics to discuss new ideas and approaches in cutting-edge research, and to network with each other. APNFO has been held every two years, following the first meeting in Seoul in 1996, in Beijing, Melbourne, Taroko, Niigata, Yellow Mountain, Jeju, Adelaide, Singapore, Hakodate, Tainan, Xiamen and will be held in Sapporo, Japan in 2022.
Rapid progress in nanoscience and nanotechnology has made near-field optics more attractive and applicable to various research fields on condensed matter physics including chemistry and biology. The unique characteristics of light-matter interactions on the nanoscale have provided a tool for microscopic study to pursue basic science interests, including the quantum mechanical nature of light and electrons. It has also brought a discipline to address engineering and manufacturing challenges for making devices smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient, and more importantly, for promoting conceptually new device paradigms.
In the coming phase, the near-field nano-optics is expected to be applied not only to biosensors and nanofabrication technology, but also to light-energy conversions and storages such as solar cells and artificial photosynthesis. At APNFO-13, we organize a special session entitled "Hot carrier sciences and its application to light-energy conversions" to allow participants to share their experiences, problems, and concerns, and to discuss promising future directions. In addition, keynote and invited speakers are also arranged to exhibit the current trends in near-field optics, which will inspire and motivate young researchers and students.

Conference Topics

  • Novel concepts and phenomena in near-field nano-optics
  • Theory and modeling in nano-photonics
  • Near-field enhancement phenomena
  • Nonlinear and quantum optics of near-field regime
  • Plasmonics
  • Fano resonance
  • Strong coupling
  • Metamaterials
  • Infra-red and THz technology
  • Hot carriers
  • NSOM, super-resolution and nanofocusing
  • Nano-optical fabrication and manipulation of matters
  • Nano-optical characterization, optical spectroscopy and instrumentation
  • Nano-photonic materials, structures and waveguides, devices and designs
  • Applications in sensing, solar cells, condensed matter physics including chemistry and biology etc.




Welcome to Sapporo (Tourist's portal) Sapporo city


Frontier Research in Applied Sciences Building, Hokkaido University, Kita 13, Nishi 8, Kita-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628 Japan


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Visa information





International Advisory Committee

  • Chair: Ann Roberts The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Din Ping Tsai, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • Dayong Jin, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Luping Shi, Tsinghua University, China
  • Takashi Yatsui, Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan
  • Toshiharu Saiki, Keio University, Japan
  • Wonho Jhe, Seoul National University, Korea
  • Seung-Han Park, Yonsei University, Korea
  • Harith Bin Ahmad, University of Malaya, Malaysia
  • Tou Teck Yong, Malaysia Multimedia University, Malaysia
  • Richard Blaikie, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Ai Qun Liu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Minghui Hong, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Yung Chiang Lan, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
  • Masud Mansuripur, The University of Arizona, USA
  • Martin Moskovits, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
  • Vu Dinh Lam, Institute of Materials Science, Viet Nam
  • Yuan-Fong Chou Chau, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei
  • Wan Mahmood B Mat Yunus, University of Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Zubin Jacob, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Yu-Jung Lu, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
  • Hui-Hsin Hsiao, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  • Hiroaki Misawa, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Min Gu, University of Shanghai for Science & Technology, China

Organizing Committee

  • General Chair: Hiroaki Misawa, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Kosei Ueno, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Keisuke Imaeda, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Akira Ishikawa, University of Yamanashi, Japan
  • Kazuharu Uchiyama, University of Yamanashi, Japan
  • Kohei Imura, Waseda University, Japan
  • Yasuo Ohdaira, Niigata University, Japan
  • Masaru Sakai, University of Yamanashi, Japan
  • Hiroyasu Fujiwara, Hamamatsu Photonics, Japan
  • Kei Murakoshi, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Hiroo Minamimoto, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Kentaro Iwami, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Naoya Tate, Kyushu University, Japan

Program Committee

  • Keiji Sasaki, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Pin Christophe, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Atsushi Ono, Shizuoka University, Japan
  • Tamitake Itoh, AIST, Japan


For more information, please contact to APNFO-13 secretariat.

Past conference

APNFO-10 (Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan, 2015)