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Illumination, imaging, more to be featured at SPIE Europe's Optical Systems Design

CARDIFF, UK - 1 May 2008 - Optical instruments are components in an ever-increasing number of industrial and research applications, including imaging and vision, defense, space, telecommunications, transportation, industrial process control, laser fusion, and more. Cutting-edge optical technology in these applications will be presented at the Optical Systems Design 2008 meeting at the Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland 2-5 September. The meeting 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.

A new conference on illumination optics will join conferences on optical design and engineering, optical thin films, detectors and associated signal processing, and optical fabrication, testing, and metrology. 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 http://spiedl.org/.

The professional education program features three short courses, on precision machining of optics and fundamental and advanced topics in optical thin films, with instructors from European optics and photonics industry.

An exhibition featuring approximately 20 companies showing their latest innovations in optical design will be held 3-4 September. Admission to the exhibition is free of charge.

This year's event will see the return of company tours for paid conference attendees the day before the conference opens. Sponsors of the 1 September tour are Thales Optronics Ltd., Institute of Photonics, and Coherent Scotland.

The 2008 winner of the Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship in Optical Design will be announced at a reception hosted by the city of Glasgow on 2 September. Tina Kidger, proprietor of Kidger Optics Associates, and SPIE, cosponsors of the award, will make the presentation. The 2007 Kidger award went to Florian Fournier, a graduate research assistant at the College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida.

Symposium Chair is David M. Williamson, West Malvern and NRCA Fellow, Nikon Research Corporation of America. Symposium Cochairs are Andreas Tünnermann of Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Optik und Feinmechanik and Jean-Louis Meyzonnette, Institut d'Optique Graduate School.

For more information, visit the event website at http://spie.org/optical-systems-design.xml.

About SPIE Europe

SPIE Europe, headquartered in Cardiff, UK, is a European-based extension of SPIE, an international educational not-for-profit optics and photonics professional society founded in 1955 advancing light-based technologies. SPIE Europe annually presents several symposia comprising conferences, exhibitions, courses and workshops as well as other membership, educational and industry forums throughout Europe. These activities serve to catalyze collaboration among technical disciplines and promote the advancement of science, information exchange, continuing education, publishing opportunities, patent precedent and career and professional growth. In addition to organizing and sponsoring technical conferences around the world, SPIE publishes journals, books and proceedings, with technical papers available for download via the SPIE Digital Library. For more information about SPIE Europe and SPIE, visit SPIE.org.