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New green photonics talks out on multimedia and podcast from SPIE Optics and Photonics

Talks cover SSL revolution, fusion for green energy production, commercializing photovoltaics, the drive to research

28 September 2010

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- Plenary talks on green energy research from two major photonics labs,SPIE.TV a panel of experts exploring the latest trends in commercialization of photovoltaics technology, and an inspiring talk on the drive to research by Nobel Laureate Charles Townes have been released by SPIE in video and podcast.

The talks were recorded at SPIE Optics and Photonics in San Diego last month.

In the multimedia and videos posted on SPIE.TV:

Ed Moses, director of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Lab, talks about recent progress toward the goal of creating fusion energy by ignition of a small target containing deuterium and tritium, and about the potential outcome of the experiment's success: the LIFE (laser fusion energy) system with the potential to power a million homes with a facility the size of NIF.

Jeffrey Tsao (Sandia National Labs) predicts a solid-state lighting (SSL) revolution in 2012, when SSL will surpass compact fluorescent lighting in cost efficiency with sufficient color-conversion quality to become the most viable lighting solution available.

Charles Townes (Univ. of California, Berkeley), who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work that led to the realization of laser technology, illustrates how the love of inquiry drives his current research in astronomy.

In the podcast from the solar-energy panel:

Moderators Loucas Tsakalakos (GE Global Research) and Sean Shaheen (Univ. of Denver) give an overview of the current commercial state of photovoltaic (PV) technology -- silicon prices have dropped and therefore silicon-based solutions are growing. Panelists John Rogers (Univ. of Illinois), Gang Li (Solarmer Energy Inc.), Christoph Brabec (Friedrich-Alexander-Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg), Gavin Conibeer (ARC Photovoltaics Center of Excellence, Univ. of New South Wales), Anders Olsson (Abound Solar), and Tom Tibbits (QuantaSol) discuss recent advances in a variety of technologies, and the latest world records for efficiency in solar-energy systems.

Several interviews recorded at Optics and Photonics will be posted over the next few weeks on the SPIE Newsroom:

  • Kent Whitfield (Miasolé)
  • EdMoses (NIF)
  • Costas Soukoulis (Iowa State Univ.)
  • Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci (Johannes Kepler Univ. Linz)
  • Noah Finkelstein (Univ. of Colorado at Boulder).

See the photo gallery and read more about the event in the report posted from on-site.

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