15-18 April 2013
Clarion Congress Hotel, Prague
Anchored in Prague, SPIE Optics + Optoelectronics has been held biennially since 2005. Topics have become more focussed on ultrafast lasers and infrastuctures in recent years, and that trend continued this year.
The event saw growth in both technical content in 2013, with more than 11% more papers submitted and the largest exhibition in the event's history.
Welcome to Prague!
Jiri Homola (Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic) opened SPIE Optics and Optoelectronics 2013 on Monday morning. Homola was one of four General Chairs, along with Chris Edwards (Central Laser Facility, UK Science and Technology Facilities Council), Mike Dunne (Lawrence Livermore National Lab), and Ivo Rendina (CNR, Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi). Miroslav Miler (Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic) served as Honorary Chair.
Attendees were welcomed by Tomas Hruda (at right above, with SPIE President William Arnold). Hruda is Deputy Minister for Higher Education, Science and Research, in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.
Plenary talks followed, with three distinguished researchers presenting:
Ed Moses (National Ignition Facility [NIF]; Photon Science, Lawrence Livermore National Lab) was the first to address the capacity audience in the Nadir hall. Moses outlined the principles and capabilities of generating gigawatt levels of electrical power from a laser-driven source of fusion neutrons such as that studied at the NIF.
Roel Baets (Ghent University; IMEC) gave an overview of the market potential of silicon photonics, stressing that it is not limited to data communiction but extends into other medium- to high-volume markets.
Mikael Kaell (Chalmers University of Technology) described the phenomenon of surface plasmon resonance oscillations of noble metal nanostructures, and why it is of high current interest in a range of fields, from solar energy harvesting to metamaterials.
Above from left, General Chair Rendina, SPIE President Arnold, and Conference Chair Mario Bertolotti (Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza").
The Brevnov Monastery, founded in 993, provided a gracious venue for the symposium welcome reception on Monday evening.
SPIE President-Elect Philip Stahl (second from right) talks with attendees at the reception.
ICO awards: congratulations!
Leaders of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) presented awards to three outstanding researchers Tuesday morning in the Nadir hall:
- Romain Quidant (Institute of Photonics Sciences [ICFO]), 2012 ICO Prize, for his work in nanoscale optical manipulation
- Shuang Zhang (University of Birmingham), 2012 IUPAP Prize, for work in metamaterials and plasmonics, particularly for the first demonstration of the double-fishnet structure, and achievements in realization of the first 3D optical negative-index metamaterials
- Jan Peřina (Palacký University), 2011 ICO Galieo Galilei Award, for results on quantum optics and coherence regarding non-classical states; achieved under difficult circumstances.
ICO presenters and prize winners and Optics + Optoelectronics organizers at the presentation included (from left) General Chair Ivo Rendina, IUPAP Prize winner Shuang Zhang, ICO Past Vice President and SPIE President-Elect Philip Stahl, ICO Secretary Angela Guzmán, Steering Committee Member Pavel Tomanek, Conference Chair Mario Bertolotti, SPIE Vice President Toyohiko Yatagai, ICO Prize winner Romain Quidant, and ICO Vice President Frank Höller.
From left, professors Bertolotti and Guzmán congratulate ICO Galileo Galilei winner Jan Peřina.
Read more about the winners in the SPIE press release.
Workshops for collaboration
Three workshops during the final two days of the event brought opportunities for intensive focus on major projects. Attendees discussed the latest breakthroughs and future trends, and worked out strategies for meeting infrastructure needs and enhancing collaboration.
- ELI: Prospective Users Workshop, bringing together researchers developing and building the ELI Beamlines faciltiy with members of the community of prospective users of porposed beamlines and end-stations.
- Laser Energy Workshop, emphasizing the engagement with industry as an important element of the Laser Energy roadmap, with focus on the LIFE project in the U.S. and the HiPER project in Europe.
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Workshop on "U.S.-Czech Frontiers in Photonics," chaired by Henry Du of the Stevens Institute of Technology and Jiri Hormola of the Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the Czech Republic.
Above from left, SPIE Senior Director for Global Business Development Andrew Brown, Claes-Göran Wahlströn (Lund Laser Center), and SPIE Immediate Past President Eustace Dereniak.
Above, from left, John Zavada (National Science Foundation), Henry Du (Stevens Institute of Technology), and Optics + Optoelectronics General Chair Jiri Homola (Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the Czech Republic).