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Event Coverage

SPIE Photonics Asia
5-7 November 2012
Beijing International Convention Center, Beijing, China


Photonics Asia has been organized as a joint venture with the Chinese Optical Society since 2002. this year approximately 800 attendees from 26 countires participated in 14 conferences on a broad range of topics:

  • lasers
  • biomedical optics
  • sensors
  • metrology
  • optical design
  • infrared and terahertz technologies
  • LEDs and displays
  • nanophotontics
  • quantum optics.

PA12 Welcome

Above from left, at the conference opening session are technical program co-chairs Xu Liu and COS Vice President and Secretary-General Qihuang Gong, plenary speaker Sune Svanberg, SPIE Immediate Past President Katarina Svanberg, COS President Bingkun Zhou, SPIE Fellow Yong Rui, and SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs.

PA12 Fellow

SPIE Immediate Past President Katarina Svanberg introduced Yong Rui, Senior Director of Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group, as a new Fellow of SPIE.

The technical side

The four plenary presentations covered a range of today's most popular topics including microcavity physics, applications of laser spectroscopy to environment and medical research, scalable quantum information processing, and quantum dot lasers. Plenary speakers were Sune Svandberg of Lund University, Alexey Zhukov of the Russian Academy of Sciences St. Petersburg Academic University, Jianwei Pan from the University of Science and Technology, and Kerry Vahala from the California Institute of Technology.

PA12 plenary

Interactive poster sessions allowed attendees to discuss the latest research with colleagues and ask questions directly to the authors.

PA12 poster session

PA12 poster session

Social time

Networking lunches were provided daily, giving conference attendees the opportunity to relax and reconnect with colleagues while also expanding their professional network, and a banquet (pictured below) featured a student orchestra playing traditional instruments.

PA12 banquet

SPIE Photonics Asia orchestra

Weather during the week ranged from snowy and cold ...

PA12 view from BICC

... to sunny  -- and still cold!

SPIE Photonics Asia Beijing vista