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Advances in space exploration, biomedicine, sustainable energy, and more are in SPIE Optics + Photonics program

14 June 2011

SPIE Optics + Photonics
SPIE Optics + Photonics provides a forum for discussing emerging work in optical, nano, solar, and photonics science and engineering, as in the conference Q&A session shown above.

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- Technical registration and exhibiting company bookings are up for this year's SPIE Optics + Photonics meeting in San Diego, California. The four-symposia event runs 21-25 August in the San Diego Convention Center. Major topics include space exploration, remote sensing, astronomy, photovoltaics, solid-state lighting, metamaterials, plasmonics, optical design and systems, and image and signal processing.

The meeting is expected to draw more than 4,300 international scientists, researchers, and engineers who are working on the latest advances in a wide variety of optical and photonics solutions.

SPIE Optics + Photonics serves as an incubator for innovative technologies, with leading-edge research in areas such as:

  • Organic photovoltaics (OPVs)
  • Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs)
  • Photonic fiber and crystal devices
  • Plasmonics
  • Metamaterials
  • Optical trapping
  • Spintronics.

Over-arching technical themes combine Optical Engineering and Applications with the emerging technologies of Solar Energy and Technology, Photonic Devices and Applications, and Nanoscience and Engineering.

More than 3,200 technical presentations are scheduled, along with a three-day exhibition showcasing more than 230 companies, and a professional development program offering more than 45 courses and workshops.

Accepted papers will be published in the SPIE Digital Library as soon as approved after the meeting, and in print volumes and digital collections. The SPIE Digital Library is the world's largest collection of optics and photonics literature, and a leading resource for scientific and patent research.

An open "town hall" forum will provide an opportunity to help design the future of photonics through discussion with members of a U.S. National Academy (NA) committee organized to update the NA's 1998 photonics industry study "Harnessing Light: Optical Science and Engineering for the 21st Century."

Nanoshells and electronic skin

SPIE Fellows Naomi Halas (Rice University) and Zhenan Bao (Stanford University) will present symposium-wide plenary talks.

Halas -- whose research team has developed nanoshells, composites of layered dielectric core and metallic shell -- will discuss her discoveries and the nature of nanophotonics research and its potential applications in healthcare and other areas.

Bao will discuss fabrication of chemical, biological, pressure sensors and stretchable organic solar cells that are major constituents for a multi-modal sensing electronic skin and have further applications in medicine, food storage, and environmental monitoring.

A special technical program will pay tribute to SPIE Fellow Joseph Goodman, William Ayer Professor, Emeritus, Stanford University. Goodman will be presented with this year's Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize for his June 2010 paper on speckle properties in the Society's "Optical Engineering" journal. Goodman and his wife, Hon Mai Goodman, fund the biennial Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award co-sponsored by SPIE and OSA.

A new session in the Biosensing and Nanomedicine conference with topics such as targeted delivery of diagnostic and therapeutic agents, and biosensing and tele-health has been approved for CME (Continuing Medical Education) credits for medical and engineering professionals.

Technical panels and forums will focus on topics such as "green" materials, commercialization of emerging photovoltaics technologies, and life in the cosmos.

Among the 24 program-track plenary talks are several on commercialization prospects for solar energy, solid-state lighting markets, and metamaterials.

See the online event press kit for news about presenters' research and other details.

Optics and photonics suppliers

The free-admission exhibition runs 23-25 August, and will include the major players in the industry, showcasing optical and photonic devices, components, and materials needed for a variety of systems and applications, including astronomical instrumentation; design and fabrication; laser systems and accessories; positioning and vibration-isolation equipment; metrology and imaging equipment, and more.

A NanoTech demonstration area will feature end products of nano research, such as:

  • Synthetic nanomotors for sensing applications
  • Sense-act-treat "hospital-on-a-chip" devices for the detection and treatment of trauma or injury in the battlefield
  • Nanotube-based photomechanical actuators, which have potential applications in medicine as well as interplanetary space missions
  • A biophotonics workstation.

A special Astronomy exhibit area will feature representatives from the James Webb Space Telescope project, the Turning Eyes to the Big Sky educational workshop program, and an astronomy photo workshop.

Photonics for a Better World

A "Photonics for a Better World" booth in the exhibition hall will present the work of several philanthropic organizations that solve basic human needs challenges around the world through utilizing photonics technologies such as solid-state lighting and solar power.

Kashiko Kodate, Professor Emeritus at Japan Women's University, will speak at the Women in Optics reception on shaping the future through research, and Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop, professor at the University of Queensland, will speak at the SPIE Fellows Luncheon on science education.

An Optics Outreach Olympics on Sunday evening and SPIE Student Chapter displays during the exhibition will highlight techniques and projects deployed around the world as part of the Society's mission to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education.

Students from more than 30 countries will attend the 10th annual Student Chapter Leadership Workshop, featuring training in team management, project planning, and promoting international connections among the leadership of SPIE's nearly 200 Student Chapters worldwide.

An evening of star-gazing and the Society's annual awards banquet are highlights in the week's numerous social and networking events for registered technical attendees. (View a brief video of a recent star-gazing event with the San Diego Astronomy Association.)

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 180,000 constituents from 168 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. SPIE provided over $2.3 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2010.


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