Nanophotonics is the combination of Photonics and Nanotechnologies, study of the behaviour of light on the nanometer scale and interaction of light with particles or substances at deeply sub-wavelength scale.
The benefit of nanophotonics is new functionalities for systems. Functionalities obtained with nanophotonics can be utilized in several fields: optical communications, information processing, data storage, displays, user interfaces, lighting and sensors. In order to estimate the performance and characteristics of the system, the modeling is the first step.
In order to be able to utilize the novel functionalities in real systems, the structures need to be fabricated and the performance of the device needs to be verified experimentally. In the fabrication phase, the tailoring of conventional fabrication processes and development of totally new processing technologies needs to be assessed.
The nanophotonics research and development needs multidisciplinary approach. The proceedings of the Finland-Japan Symposium covers an overview on latest research activities on the field of nanophotonics and related technologies in Finland and Japan. The symposium is jointly organized by VTT, the Secure-Life Electronics, Global Center-of-Excellence (GCOE) Program of the University of Tokyo and the Nanophotonics Research Center of the University of Tokyo.