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Sustainable energy and Nanoscience research to be advanced at SPIE Optics + Photonics

BELLINGHAM, WA, USA - 1 May 2008 - New sustainable energy applications, revolutions in technology prompted by new discoveries in nanoscience, and the latest developments in photonics devices and optoelectronics will draw 8,000 researchers and innovators from around the world to SPIE Optics + Photonics at the San Diego Convention Center 10-14 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 highlighted in an all-conference plenary presentation by Richard King, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon. Three other symposia are organized on nanoscience and engineering, photonic devices, and optical engineering.

Conferences on metallic nanostructures, plasmonics: nanoimaging and nanofabrication, optical trapping and micromanipulation, photonic fiber and crystal devices, and digital image processing are expected to draw particularly high interest. More than 2,800 papers will be presented in 72 conferences, including conferences on 11 topics new to the event. 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/.

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. The exhibition also will feature displays from many of SPIE's international student chapters, and the SPIEWorks Career Fair.

Fifty-eight professional education courses and workshops will be offered in 17 technical tracks and in professional development topics. New courses are on fundamental topics including optical layout, lens design, and radiometry, as well as emerging techniques in photovoltaic module design and photon transfer. New professional development workshop topics include two sessions on improving conference presentations and a primer on succeeding as an optical engineering consultant.

King's all-conference plenary will provide highlights of the biennial solar decathlon competition, wherein a "solar village" of 20 zero-energy homes built by university teams from North American and European schools of architecture and engineering is assembled on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Other special technical sessions will include:

• Topical plenary presentations by 16 leading international experts
• A special session on nonlinear optical polymers, in recognition of the contributions to the field made by Larry Dalton, Univ. of Washington, in nonlinear optic polymer electro-optic modulator materials and devices
• A panel discussion on "Life in the Cosmos"
• Presentations from a new conference on "Optical Believe It or Not."

SPIE President Kevin G. Harding, GE Global Research, will preside over the 2008 Awards Banquet featuring a presentation by 2008 Gold Medal winner and SPIE Past President M.J. Soileau of the College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida.

A highlight among numerous activities for students is the Student Chapter Leadership Workshop, which brings together student leaders in optics from 126 chapters on 5 continents. Activities help develop professional skills and enable connections in the international optics and photonics community.

Internationally noted science writer and commentator Margaret Wertheim will speak on "Who Is Science Writing For?" at the SPIE Women in Optics reception, and receptions for early career professionals and members and other events will offer more networking opportunities.

Symposium chairs are David L. Andrews, University of East Anglia Norwich; James G. Grote,
Air Force Research Lab; and Kevin J. Liddane, Oerlikon Optics Inc.

For more information see the SPIE Optics + Photonics 2008 website, http://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 http://SPIE.org.