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Workshop on Electromagnetic Crystal Structures,  
Design, Synthesis, and Applications 


Laguna Beach, California, 
Jan. 6-8, 1999

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Organized by:

Eli Yablonovitch 
University of California, Los Angeles 
UCLA Electrical Engineering Department 
Box 951594 
420 Westwood Plaza 
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1594
Axel Scherer 
California Institute of Technology 
Electrical Engineering 
1200 E. California Blvd. 
Mail Code 200-36 
Pasadena, CA 91125
John D. Joannopoulos 
Massachussetts Institute of Technology 
MIT Physics Dept. Room 12-116 
77 Massachusetts Avenue 
Cambridge Mass. 02139 
Thomas F. Krauss 
University of Glasgow, United Kingdom 
Royal Society Research Fellow 
Dept. of Electronics and Electrical Engineering 
Glasgow University, Scotland
Toshihiko Baba 
Yokohama National University, Japan 
Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering 
79-5 Tokiwadai, Hodogayaku, Yokohama 
240-8501 Japan
Jonathan P. Dowling, Senior Research Scientist
Quantum Information Group, Mail Stop 126-347
California Institute of Technology
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, California 91109-8099 


University of California, Los Angeles
California Institute of Technology
Army Research Office
National Science Foundation
Délégation Générale pour l'Armement, French Ministry of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Office of Naval Research
Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Contact Person:

Janie Lee Docter
Phone (310)206-0970
Fax: (310)206-4685
E-mail: janield@ea.ucla.edu


    A new paradigm has emerged, in which the band structure concepts of solid state physics are applied to Electromagnetics. This has led to a profusion of scientific creativity as new forms of electromagnetic crystal structures are invented for radio and microwaves as well as for optical wavelengths. These new structures are inspired by the 3-d geometry of both natural crystals, and those artificial crystals which can arise only in the human imagination.

    These artificial electromagnetic crystals (also known as photonic crystals), are impacting the diverse domains of electromagnetics, extending from radio waves to optical wavelengths. They are bringing together under a common umbrella scientists in the fields of Solid State Band theory, semiconductor device Physics, Quantum Optics, Classical Electromagnetics, Nano-structures, and Materials Science.

    This will be an international Workshop with substantial participation from Europe, America, and Asia. We will be defining the direction of the field for the next few years, taking particular note of the progress in the concept of metallic components within the periodic structures. The Workshop will be dedicated to a comprehensive international review of progress in all aspects of this field including both optical and microwave photonic crystal concepts.

    Currently in the electromagnetic or photonic crystal structure field, hundreds of scientific articles are being published per year and the growth rate is still exponential. A bibliography is available on the web:


Scientific Motivation

   New scientific developments are likely to augment the applications opportunities for electromagnetic crystal structures, broadening them compared to the early pioneering days of photonic crystal research, as exemplified by the first U.S. conference on this subject held 6 years ago:
    "Workshop on the Development and Applications of Photonic Band Gap Structures" in Park City Utah, Jan. 28-30, 1992, organized by Henry Everitt, C. M. Bowden, and Jon Dowling.

Workshop Sessions:
Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Crystals
Fabrication of Optical Scale Photonic Crystals
Semiconductor Photonic Crystals
Thin Film 2-d Cavities, LED's and Lasers
Novel Electromagnetic Crystal Concepts
Plasmon Band Structure

Workshop Schedule (new!)

Workshop Schedule Overview (new!)

Poster Session:

There will be a poster session at the Workshop.  Please mail titles of your poster presentations to janield@ea.ucla.edu by Dec. 11, 1998. One(1) 30"X40" black foam poster board per presentation will be provided. The posters can be ONLY displayed vertically.

Oral Snapshots of Posters
You will be allowed to show one(1) view-graph which is most representative of your poster to perk the interst of the audience. You will be allowed one(1) minute to briefly talk about your view-graph. Time limit will be very strict. Please bring your view graph to the Workshop.

Poster Presentation
The Workshop will provide one(1) black foam-core poster per presentation.  The dimensions are 30 inches width by 40 inches length (height). The posters will only be displayed VERTICALLY. We will provide you with glue sticks, thumbtacks, scotch tape, etc. We cannot accommodate bigger poster sizes. Thank you.


Pre-Registration Deadline: December 8, 1998

    Registration includes attendance at the technical sessions, coffee breaks, lunches, the Welcome Reception and the Banquet. The number of attendees at this Workshop is strictly limited.  Registration will be on a first come/first served basis.  Please pre-register early to assure a space.

Registration fees are as follows:
Prior to December 8, 1998: $365.00
After December 8, 1998: $405.00

    To pre-register, complete and return the enclosedRegistration Form.  You can also pre-register by email simply by downloading and returning this registration text file (ASCII format) as an attachment to an email or by cutting and pasting the information into an email.


Cancellation Policy

    Registration cancellation and requests for refunds must be in writing and received no later than December 18, 1998. There will be a $25.00 processing charge. No refunds will be issued after December 18, 1998.


Hotel Accommodations

Surf & Sand Hotel 

Laguna Brisas (alternate hotel) 


   The Workshop will be held at the beautiful Surf & Sand Hotel, located on the ocean at Laguna Beach.  A limited block of rooms has been reserved for WECSdsap Workshop attendees at a special rate of $139*. 

      To be guaranteed a room at the Workshop rate, all room reservations are required by December 2, 1998. Reservation requests received after this date will be handled on a space available basis. To make your reservation, call Surf & Sand Hotel at the number listed below.  *To receive the special rate, please mention the WECS Workshop.  If you are a government employee, you are eligible for the government employee discount (with a valid ID). 

Cancellation must be made 48 hours before your scheduled check-in.  A 10% processing fee will be assessed. 

Surf & Sand Hotel 
1555 South Coast Highway 
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 
(949) 497-4477 
(800) 524-8621 (800-LAGUNA-1) 

International Guests ONLY may make their reservation via email with aparke@jcresorts.com. 

    Additional accommodations are provided by the Laguna Brisas Spa Hotel, located just south of the Surf & Sand Hotel.  Please ask for Kevin Anawati to receive the group rate. 

Laguna Brisas Spa Hotel 
1600 South Coast Highway 
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 
(949) 497-9722 
(800) 624-4442 
FAX: (949) 497-8306 








Transportation and Travel Arrangements

Transportation to Surf & Sand Hotel:

    The WECS organizers will provide a scheduled shuttle service on Tuesday January 5, in the afternoon from John Wayne Airport in Orange County and from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). However, we highly recommend you arrive via John Wayne Airport as an alternative to Los Angeles International Airport . You will find that the distance from Los Angeles International Airport to the hotel is much greater than the distance from John Wayne Airport to the hotel.

From John Wayne Airport on Tuesday, 1/5/98: $10
There will be four scheduled Shuttle pick-ups:
3:00 pm
4:00 pm
5:00 pm
6:00 pm
A reservation is required for these shuttles.  Reservations may be made via the registration form.

    There are two terminals at the John Wayne Airport, terminal A & B. There is only one shuttle loading area on the west side of terminal B. A WECS shuttle coordinator will greet you and direct you onto the correct shuttle once you arrive at the loading zone.

From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Tuesday, 1/5/98: $20
There will be three scheduled Shuttle pick-ups at the United Airlines Terminal 7:
2:00 pm
4:00 pm
6:00 pm
A reservation is required for these shuttles.  Reservations may be made via the registration form.

    All arriving passenger (unless arriving at United Airlines terminal 7) should claim luggage & proceed across traffic lanes to the center traffic island directly under a large black and white "LAX shuttle" sign. Please board and ride to Terminal 7, the United Airlines terminal.  Nearby, please look for a blue and white "Van Stop" sign where you will be greeted by a WECS shuttle coordinator. The coordinator will board you on the shuttle directed to the Surf & Sand Hotel.

    If your arrival time is different than that of the WECS scheduled shuttle service, arranging your own transportation is simple, though more costly.   Many of the airport curbside transportation coordinators can assist you once you arrive at the airport. The average one way shuttle rate is $35 from the John Wayne Airport ($5 each addtional members) and $59 from Los Angeles International Airport ($9 each additional members). A cab from the Los Angeles International Airport area can average around $110 and is not recommended.


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From John Wayne Airport & LAX:

Preferred Route:
Take I-405 (San Diego Freeway) South
Take Rte. 133 (Laguna Canyon Hwy.) toward Laguna Beach until it ends at Hwy. 1 (Pacific Coast Hwy.)
Turn left (South) - The Surf & Sand is approximately 1 mile on the ocean side of the Pacific Coast Highway.

In case mudslides are blocking Rte. 133, please use one of these alternate routes:

Alternate Route #1:
Take I-405 South
Take Rte. 55 (NewPort Blvd.) West
Turn left onto the Hwy. 1 (Pacific Coast Hwy ) South

Alternate Route #2:
Take I-405 (San Diego Freeway) South
I-405 turns into the I-5 South
Take I-5 South
Turn right onto Hwy. 1 (Pacific Coast Hwy) heading North

Points of Interest

Point of interest Distance 
(from Surf & Sand Hotel)
John Wayne Airport 14 mi.
Los Angeles International Airport 51 mi.
UCLA 61 mi.
CalTech 56 mi.
San Juan Capistrano 14 mi. 


Audio/Visual Information

Request DeadlineDecember 18, 1998
    The following audio visual equipment will be provided in the meeting rooms: overhead projector and screen, podium and microphone. If speakers require and additional AV equipment or further special arrangements, please email your request by December 18, 1998 to:

Janie Lee Docter
Phone (310)206-0970
Fax: (310)206-4685
E-mail: janield@ea.ucla.edu