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'Green' technology advances are on the program at SPIE Optics+Photonics

Remote sensing for climate, fire, aviation safety also featured

SPIE Optics+Photonics

BELLINGHAM, WA, USA - 28 July 2008 - Optics and photonics researchers and engineers working to meet the world's demands for sustainable energy, better predict weather patterns, monitor and understand climate impacts of wildfires, and develop safe uses for nanotechnology will share their latest work next month in San Diego, CA.

The event - the annual SPIE Optics+Photonics symposium - will draw 4,500 researchers and innovators from around the world to the San Diego Convention Center 10-14 August. Technical talks will run all five days of the event, and a free-admission exhibition of technologies and applications will run 12-14 August. Event sponsor SPIE is an international optics and photonics society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light.

Solar energy technologies and applications are the focus of one of four symposia, and will be highlighted in an all-conference plenary presentation by Richard King, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon. In the competition, 20 college and university teams design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered house.

Talks in the Solar Energy technical conference sessions will cover technologies being researched for solar cells, concentrators, and other components for solar-power generation systems. Plenary speakers will discuss advances in efficiency and reliability of solar energy systems, conversion of solar energy to portable chemical fuels such as hydrogen, and other commercialization topics.

Presenters in conferences on Remote Sensing will talk about new capabilities for detecting fire and weather systems, and new technologies to increase airplane stability and improve the ability to avoid hazards. Plenary sessions will feature a report on new NASA and NOAA missions that will help address the challenges of climate change and NIST activities in climate-change research.

Technologies for assessing water resources and soil moisture and for analyzing changes in crops and forest vegetation will be presented in a conference on Remote Sensing and Modeling of Ecosystems for Sustainability. Conferences on atmospheric and environmental remote sensing also will cover new developments in collection of data gathered by satellites and other sources and its uses in modeling and other technologies.

Featured speakers in sessions on Solid-State lighting and Organic Light-emitting Diodes (OLEDs) will look at trends and opportunities in the marketplace for new, more affordable lighting as well as in more efficient components in computers, television screens, and displays.

Nanoscience plenary and conference speakers will report on use of naturally occurring materials in fabrication of nanomaterials for tiny sensors and devices, as well as new applications in imaging, biosensing, and other areas. Conferences also will cover a wide range of nanoscience, nano-engineering, and photonics technologies enabling such potential applications of nanotechnology as more cost-effective cooling systems and insulation, and increased functionality of semiconductors.

Other technical events will include a lessons-learned conference titled "Optical Believe It or Not," a panel discussion on "Life in the Cosmos," and 58 professional education and professional development courses and workshops.

An exhibition presenting 280 exhibiting companies from approximately 20 countries will include optical fabricators, lens designers, software makers, optical fiber makers, optical test and measurement equipment builders, optical materials and substrates producers, and optical detector manufacturers.

Among them are many companies with components and systems for sustainable energy and lighting, including Newport Corp., Oerlikon Optics, Inc., and others.

A solar car featured in the exhibition hall will provide an example of experimental solar energy technology. The Viking XX car, built by students in Western Washington University's Vehicle Research Institute, won the 1990 two-person-class competition in the World Solar Challenge in Australia and the 1991 California Clean Air Race, and finished near the top in other competitions.

Western Washington University's Viking XX car

More than 2,800 papers will be presented in 72 conferences. Conference proceedings papers will be published online in the SPIE Digital Library beginning immediately after the meeting, as approved. For more information on the SPIE Digital Library, visit spie.org/x2836.xml or access the library at spiedl.org/.

For more information see the SPIE Optics+Photonics 2008 website, spie.org/x6689.xml.

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SPIE is an international optics and photonics society founded in 1955 advancing light-based technologies. Serving the interests of its more than 188,000 active constituents representing 138 different countries, SPIE acts as a catalyst for collaboration among technical disciplines for information exchange, continuing education, publishing opportunities, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. As the organizer and sponsor of approximately 25 major conferences and education programs annually in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific, SPIE provides publishing, speaking, and learning opportunities on emerging technologies. For more information, visit SPIE.org.