San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
6 - 10 August 2017
Technical Events
National Academies of Sciences Decadal Survey in Materials Science and Engineering
Date: Monday 7 August 2017
Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is seeking community input for a study on the future of materials research (MR). Frontiers of Materials Research: A Decadal Survey will look at defining the frontiers of materials research ranging from traditional materials science and engineering to condensed matter physics. Please join members of the study committee for a town hall to discuss future directions for materials research in the United States in the context of worldwide efforts. In particular, input on the following topics will be of great value: progress, achievements, and principal changes in the R&D landscape over the past decade; identification of key MR areas that have major scientific gaps or offer promising investment opportunities from 2020-2030; and the challenges that MR may face over the next decade and how those challenges might be addressed. This study was requested by the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. The National Academies will issue a report in 2018 that will offer guidance to federal agencies that support materials research, science policymakers, and researchers in materials research and other adjoining fields. Learn more about the study at http://nas.edu/materials.
Panel Discussion: Astronauts and Astronomers to Enable the Most Ambitious Space Observatories
Date: Monday 7 August 2017
Time: 3:40 PM - 6:00 PM
Moderator:
Harley Thronson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (USA)

This is a series of presentations and a discussion on using astronauts and robots to service, upgrade, and assemble future space observatories that will achieve major breakthroughs in our understanding of the cosmos. These missions will be able to study in detail the structure of the first star-forming complexes in the earliest galaxies, the central engines in distant galaxies, and the spectra of Earth-like planets in large numbers to search for evidence of life. The technical and engineering merits and challenges of in-space servicing and assembling large-aperture telescopes and starshades will be discussed, including issues of launching these systems in segments for in-space assembly, and replacement of outdated instruments. Also discussed will be possible space infrastructure that may facilitate on-orbit assembly. Precursors and demonstration activities will be noted, as will the earliest candidate missions that can utilize this capability. The panel discussion will be initiated by the following featured presentations:
  • A vision for human space flight and scientific exploration and the search for life in the cosmos
  • Lessons from four servicing missions of the Hubble Space Telescope
  • Demonstration and precursor activities
  • Candidate initial assembly mission: starshade
  • Roundtable discussion on joint opportunities: science and human space flight
  • Serviceability and assembly of future large space telescopes
Poster Session - Monday
Date: Monday 7 August 2017
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Conference attendees are invited to view a collection of posters within the topics of Nanoscience and Engineering, Optics + Photonics for Sustainable Energy, Organic Photonics + Electronics, and Optical Engineering + Applications. Enjoy light refreshments, ask questions, and network with colleagues in your field. Authors of poster papers will be present to answer questions concerning their papers. Attendees are required to wear their conference registration badges to the poster sessions. Poster authors, visit http://spie.org/OPPosterGuidelines for set-up instructions.
Illumination Technical Event
Date: Monday 7 August 2017
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Chair: Jake Jacobsen, Synopsys, Inc. (United States)

Please join us for an evening of stimulating discussion, networking, and conversation. Don’t miss this annual gathering where we discuss the latest developments in the field of illumination. At the end of the presentation any member of the audience may present information within the broad field of illumination. Light refreshments will be served.

Light refreshments sponsored by:

The Optical Solutions Group at
An Optical Believe It or Not: Key Lessons Learned
Date: Tuesday 8 August 2017
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Chair: Mark Kahan, Synopsys, Inc. (United States)

This event is dedicated to the sharing of key optical lessons learned. Nearly all optical engineers, scientists, researchers, or managers have dealt with the unexpected. Many of these situations in hindsight are quite funny, and have buried within them key optical/managerial lessons learned. The problem with simply listing lessons learned is that as a simple listing, they are clearly hard to remember, thus history repeats itself much to our collective debit. This evening event will help us all remember the important take-aways by presenting a collection of small stories or optical parables from Leaders in the fields of optics and optical systems engineering. In this evening Session there will be three primary speakers, and each speaker will be given the freedom to embellish their material (within editorial limits), and names, places, and dates may be changed to protect the guilty, but all the take-aways will have a basis in truth as avowed by the author.

War Stories from Forty-Five Years in Optical Production Engineering
Ray Williamson, Ray Williamson Consulting, (United States)

An Optical Journey: Tales from the Light Side of Optics
Robert E. Schalck, Optical Development Research Engineer (United States)

Lessons Learned in Laser Lab Design and Workings Including DOE Laser Accidents and Questionable Safety Practices
Kenneth Barat, Laser Safety Solutions (United States)

Audience participation will be allowed/ encouraged, as time permits.
Lens Design Technical Event
Date: Tuesday 8 August 2017
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Session Chair: Rich Pfisterer, Photon Engineering, LLC (USA)

"Let's Give 'Em Something to Talk About!"

Lens designers! Join us for our annual gathering to meet and discuss… lens design! Let’s talk about what we’re designing, how we’re going about doing it (what materials, software, techniques, etc.), and which problems we’re encountering. We’ll also explore current technical and commercial trends in the marketplace.
This year’s invited speaker will be Dave Shafer of David Shafer Optical Design, whose talk is entitled, "My 51 Years of Optical Design Using Husserl’s Phenomenology." Many optical design examples will be shown that illustrate a systematic way of 'thinking outside the box' while doing creative design. This approach is based on insights of Edmund Husserl and his phenomenology school of philosophy.

Cosponsored by:



Light refreshments sponsored by:

The Optical Solutions Group at
Optomechanical/Instrument Technical Group Event
Date: Tuesday 8 August 2017
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Session Chair: Alson E. Hatheway, Alson E. Hatheway Inc. (USA)

This is the annual meeting of the premier group of optomechanical engineers that design and analyze the world's optical instruments and systems. This gathering is open to all technical attendees of SPIE Optics+Photonics. The feature speaker will be Daniel Vukobratovich of Raytheon Missile Systems, and a co-founder and previous chairman of our Optomechanical/Instrument Technical Group. He'll discuss the subtleties and challenges in designing and using what a "wag" might call the "common" binocular. He'll discuss both optical and environmental factors in selecting the right binocular for astronomy, birding, hunting and other general purpose uses. Following Dan, the floor will be open for other agenda items and a workshop session on Problems and Solutions. Anyone who wishes to put an item on the agenda should contact the Chair, Al Hatheway, at aeh@aehinc.com. Come prepared to present some challenges to the Group.
Penetrating Radiation Technical Event
Date: Tuesday 8 August 2017
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Chair: James E. Baciak, Univ. of Florida (USA)

This event brings together technologists and scientists with interests in neutron, x- and gamma-ray detection, spectroscopy, and imaging for all applications. We will have a featured speaker and open the floor to discussions.
Technology Roadmap for the Lynx X-Ray Mission
Date: Tuesday 8 August 2017
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Session Moderator: Jessica A. Gaskin, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (USA)

The NASA Astrophysics Division has commissioned four studies to be presented to the next Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics as potential flagship missions for the next decade. One of these potential missions is the Lynx X-ray Mission. This will be an open forum/discussion regarding technologies for the optics and science instruments for the Lynx Mission. There will be an overview talk – featured speaker to be determined. After the talk, we will conduct a collaborative work space to discuss these technologies within the context of a technology Roadmap, with open discussion.
Workshop on X-Ray Optics
Date: Tuesday 8 August 2017
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Chair: Ali M. Khounsary, Illinois Institute of Technology (USA); Daniele Cocco, SLAC National Accelerator Lab. (USA)

The X-Ray Optics Working Group provides an informal setting for the interested engineers and scientists to meet and discuss issues related to the design, analysis, cooling, fabrication, and metrology of x-ray optics. Topics for discussion can be e-mailed to the organizer, Dr. Ali Khounsary (amk@iit.edu), prior to the meeting.
Poster Session - Wednesday
Date: Wednesday 9 August 2017
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Conference attendees are invited to view a collection of posters within the topics of Nanoscience and Engineering, Optics + Photonics for Sustainable Energy, and Optical Engineering + Applications. Enjoy light refreshments, ask questions, and network with colleagues in your field. Authors of poster papers will be present to answer questions concerning their papers. Attendees are required to wear their conference registration badges to the poster sessions. Poster authors, visit http://spie.org/OPPosterGuidelines for set-up instructions.
Panel Discussion on the Decadal Survey
Date: Thursday 10 August 2017
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Software Demonstration in Computational Methods for X-Ray Optics
Date: Thursday 10 August 2017
Time: 2:40 PM - 5:40 PM
Computer codes that are extensively used for optical simulations in a broad spectral domain extending from THz to hard x-rays will be demonstrated in real-time by their authors/development teams. The codes use different simulation methods and different approximations, from geometrical to physical optics. Some allow for high-accuracy treatment of the effects of full and partial coherence of the radiation beams. Even though most of these codes were developed for simulation of sources and optics of large light source facilities -- synchrotrons and free-electron lasers -- some can be effectively used for table-top optical systems, e.g. for conventional steady-state or pulsed lasers.
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