AoE Workshop on Wave Functional Materials
The ubiquitous presence of electromagnetic and acoustic waves means that their study dates back to the antiquities. Their diverse applications form the very pillars of our modern existence. About two decades ago, the incipient stage of a revolution began in this classic field, propelled by both theory and experiments, which demonstrate the feasibility of realizing man-made materials with wave manipulation functionalities beyond the defined limits of those found in nature. These "wave functional materials" include photonic/phononic crystals, metamaterials and plasmonic structures. In 2013, Hong Kong UGC/RGC funded an "Areas of Excellence Scheme (Sixth Round)" entitled "Novel Wave Functional Materials for Manipulating Light and Sound". This project is the collaboration between 18 faculties in five institutions in Hong Kong. The purpose of this workshop is for the AoE team members to report the progress of their work in these areas.