CARDIFF, UK - 29 August 2008 - Optical systems design technologies for a wide variety of components for numerous industrial and research applications will be presented at the SPIE Europe Optical Systems Design 2008 meeting at the Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland 2-5 September. Topics will focus on optical technology applications for imaging and vision, defense, space, telecommunications, transportation, industrial process control, laser fusion, and other systems.
Tobias Schmid, a student at the University of Central Florida's College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL), will be awarded the Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship during the symposium. Schmid's research concerns nodal aberration theory and its application to the alignment of optical instruments. The Kidger scholarship was established in 1998 to honour Michael John Kidger, a well-respected educator, design software developer, and member of the optical science and engineering community, and includes a study grant of $5,000. Schmid will receive his award at a reception sponsored by the City of Glasgow.
Optical Systems Design is held every three years and is sponsored by SPIE Europe, an educational not-for-profit optics and photonics professional society advancing light-based technologies.
This year, a new conference on illumination optics joins conferences on optical design and engineering, optical thin films, detectors and associated signal processing, and optical fabrication, testing, and metrology.
David M. Williamson, West Malvern and NRCA Fellow, Nikon Research Corporation of America, is Symposium Chair. Symposium Co-Chairs are Andreas Tünnermann, Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Optik und Feinmechanik, and Jean-Louis Meyzonnette, Institut d'Optique Graduate School.
Conference papers will be published online in the SPIE Digital Library beginning immediately as approved after the meeting. For more information on the SPIE Digital Library, visit spie.org/x2836.xml, or access the library at spiedl.org.
An exhibition featuring companies showing their latest innovations in optical design will be held 3-4 September. Admission to the exhibition is free of charge.
Paid conference attendees may attend company tours the day before the conference opens. Sponsors of the 1 September tours are Thales Optronics Ltd., Institute of Photonics, and Coherent Scotland.
For more information, visit the event website at spie.org/optical-systems-design.xml.