Welcome to APNFO12

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, and subsequently in Beijing, Melbourne, Taroko, Niigata, Yellow Mountain, Jeju, Adelaide, Singapore, Hakodate and Taiwan. The 12nd APNFO will be held in Xiamen, China in 2019.

In these last 20 years, rapid progress in nanoscience and nanotechnology has made nano-optics more attractive and applicable to various research fields, including molecular and solid-state physics, chemistry, and biology. The unique characteristics of light-matter interaction 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, we will go even smaller to the atomic scale and deal with more complex and multiscaled systems to cover much broader scientific and engineering fields. At APNFO12, keynote and invited speakers are arranged to exhibit the current trends in nano-optics, which will inspire and motivate young researchers and students.

Main Topics (but not limited to)

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


Nano-photonic materials, structures and waveguides, devices and designs

Fano resonance


Infra-red and THz technology

NSOM, super-resolution and nanofocusing

Nano-optical fabrication and manipulation of matters

Nano-optical characterization, optical spectroscopy and instrumentation

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