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SPIE Photonics West expects biggest year yet in 2011

22 October 2010

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- SPIE Photonics West, the world's largest international event encompassing industrial and medical applications of optics, lasers, and photonics, will be larger than ever in 2011, with more papers and expanded exhibition space. Dates are 22-27 January at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.

SPIE Photonics West
Hear comments from Photonics West participants in a brief video.

Approximately 18,000 attendees are expected to convene in technical sessions, industry panels, two exhibitions, and other events covering advances in medical therapeutics and diagnostics, semiconductor, gas, fiber, and diode lasers, micro/nanofabrication, MEMs, optoelectronic materials and devices, displays, communications, and related topics.

The Photonics West exhibition is more than 90% sold out at three months before the event, and more than 1,200 exhibiting companies are expected. Highlights include new product announcements from more than 100 companies, international pavilions from several countries, booths from photonics clusters from four U.S. states, product demonstrations, and the SPIE Job Fair.

More than 180 exhibiting companies are expected for the Biomedical Optics (BiOS) exhibition on the opening weekend. Product demonstrations are scheduled both days, and more than 30 new products will be announced.

More technical papers

Paper submissions are up approximately 7% over 2010, with a total of 3,976 papers scheduled in the event's four symposia.

The BiOS symposium is seeing the most growth, up 10% from last year with 1,776 papers. The OPTO symposium has 1,325 papers scheduled, the LASE symposium has 670, and the MOEM/MEMS symposium has 205.

Featured sessions will lead off with the traditionally well-attended BiOS Hot Topics session on Saturday night. Speakers are:

  • Ed Boyden (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) on controlling the brain with light
  • David Huang (Casey Eye Institute) on OCT (optical computed tomography) in ophthalmology
  • Karsten König (Saarland Univ. and JenLab) on clinical multiphoton tomography
  • Laura Marcu (Univ. of California, Davis) on fluorescence lifetime techniques for intravascular diagnostics
  • Eric Mazur (Harvard Univ.) on femotsecond laser pulses in biophotonics
  • Alexander Oraevsky (Fairway Medical Technologies) on 3D acoustic tomography
  • Paras Prasad (Univ. of Buffalo) on multiplex biophotonic platform for analyzing macromolecular dynamics in live cells.

Plenary sessions will be held on several topics, with speakers including:

  • Nano/biophotonics: Frances Ligler (Naval Research Lab) and Harold Craighead (Cornell Univ.)
  • LASE: Nader Engheta (Univ. of Pennsylvania), Andreas Ostendorf (Ruhr-Univ. Bochum), and Paul Denney (Connecticut Ctr. for Advanced Technology)
  • MOEMS/MEMS: Amit Lal (Cornell Univ.), Hiroshi Toshiyoshi (Univ. of Tokyo), and Robert Austin (Princeton Univ. and Hong Kong Univ. of Technology)
  • OPTO: Chang-Dong Kim (LG Display R&D Ctr.), Stefan Hell (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry), and Eli Yablonovitch (Univ. of California, Berkeley).

Research in green photonics for energy, sustainability, and conservation will be advanced through interdisciplinary virtual tracks connecting fields across the Photonics West technology areas. Topics are:

  • Solid State Lighting and Displays
  • Laser-assisted Manufacturing and Micro/Nano Fabrication
  • Communications
  • Renewable Energy Generation: Fusion and Photovoltaics.

Among new conference topics are:

  • RF and Millimeter-Wave Photonics
  • E-papers and Flexible Displays
  • Coherent Optical Communication: Components, Subsystems, and Systems
  • Photonic and Phononic Properties of Engineered Nanostructures.

Underscoring the interdisciplinary nature of Photonics West, several joint sessions have been organized, in areas such as Devices for Quantum Communications, Optoelectronic Devices for Optical Interconnects, and Silicon Photonics for Optical Interconnects.

The conference on Light-Emitting Diodes: Materials, Devices, and Applications for Solid State Lighting (SSL) will hold a special invited session on Light and Health: Human Factors for SSL, with sponsorship from OSRAM.

Two new panels will focus on potential for and challenges in use of MEMS/MOEMS and nanodevices in space.

A small sampling of noteworthy papers includes:

  • Michal Lipson (Cornell Univ.) on "Controlling the speed of light using resonators" (7949-19)
  • Vadim Backman (Northwestern Univ.) and Hemant Roy (Evanston Hospital), et al., on "Optical screening for lung cancer using epithelial cells obtained from buccal mucosa (cheek cells)" (7907-24)
  • Andrew Shields and Mark Stevenson (Toshiba Research Europe), et al., on "A light-emitting diode for entangled photons" (7933-64)
  • Ashok Krishnamoorthy (Oracle), et al., on "Low-power thermal tuning of SOI-CMOS photonic structures" (7944-01)
  • Kenneth Marshall (Univ. of Rochester) and Eric Glowacki (Johannes Kepler Univ. Linz), et al., on "C60/LiF/Al cathodes studied by electron spin resonance, infrared reflection-absorption, and impedance spectroscopy" (7935-17)
  • Michelle Povinelli (Univ. of Southern California), et al., on "Experimental and theoretical explorations of dark resonances in coupled micro-cavities" (7949-17)
  • Mohsen Kavehrad (Pennsylvania State Univ.) on "Optical wireless networked systems: applications to aircrafts" (7958-18)
  • David Awschalom (Univ. of California, Santa Barbara), et al., on"Gigahertz quantum control and nanoscale placement of single spins in diamond" (7948-27).

Michael Feld, one of the pioneers in the use of light in medicine and in atherosclerotic and cancer research,will be honored by a memorial talk during the BiOS Hot Topics session and a special session in the Optical Biopsy IX conference.

New topics in professional education

A comprehensive set of 65 professional education courses and workshops will be offered at basic to advanced levels, on emerging as well as foundational topics. New course topics include optics specification standards, optics surface inspection -- a hands-on session, fiber optics processing, optical filters, and patent strategies.

Industry-perspective events will include roundtable and panel discussions on commercial prospects and potential applications for silicon photonics, optoelectronics, green photonics, and other topics. Admission is free for both exhibitions and the industry events.

Winners of the 2010 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation will be announced at a banquet during the Photonics West week. The awards are sponsored by SPIE and Photonics Media.

Video interviews on SPIE.TV feature Photonics West participants including Federico Capasso, James Fujimoto, Rox Anderson, Steven Jacques, Peter Moulton, Katarina Svanberg, Anthony Durkin, Paras Prasad, Joseph Schmitt, Andreas Ostendorf, Upendra Singh, Kumar Patel, and others.

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.

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, and supports scholarships, grants, and other education programs around the world.


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