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SPIE Photonics West will draw international crowd to Silicon Valley for leading conferences, courses, and exhibitions

BELLINGHAM, WA, USA - 16 October 2007 - SPIE Photonics West, known for cutting-edge research presentations and the largest exhibit in North America on light-driven technologies, will be held 19-24 January 2008 in San Jose, CA. The event covers topics in biomedical optics, nanotechnologies, MEMS/MOEMS, lasers, and optoelectronics, and is expected to draw 17,000 attendees from around the world to Silicon Valley.

The week-long event features two free exhibitions, with the Biomedical Optics (BiOS) exhibit - the largest biomedical optics exhibition in the world - on the opening weekend, and the 1,100-company Photonics West exhibit running mid-week.

Leading international experts will provide insights via numerous plenary and hot-topics sessions and an industry perspectives panel including a new concentration on communications.

More than 3,100 papers have been accepted for 85 conferences. Topics seeing heavy paper submissions include:


  • Plasmonics
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Ophthalmic technologies
  • Imaging - multiphoton, multimodal, endoscopic, single-cell, nanoscale
  • Image acquisition and processing
  • Optical interactions with tissue -measurements, diagnostics, sensing, regenerative medicine, optoacoustics.

Lasers (LASE)

  • Ultrafast
  • Solid state
  • Fiber
  • High-power diode.

Optoelectronics (OPTO)

  • Photonic crystals
  • LEDs
  • Semiconductor lasers
  • Gallium nitride materials and devices
  • Silicon photonics
  • Quantum sensing
  • Integrated optics.

Papers from the conferences will be published online in the SPIE Digital Library within two to four weeks of the conference.

Special events include:

BiOS Hot Topics Panel

Moderator Sergio Fantini, Tufts University

  • Progress in Therapeutic Lasers, R. Rox Anderson, Wellman Center for Photomedicine
  • Imaging and Treatment of Cancer Using Gold Nanoparticles, Rebekah Drezek, Rice University
  • Monitoring and Predicting Chemotherapy using Diffuse Optics, Bruce Tromberg, Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic
  • Photoacoustic Microscopy and Computed Tomography, Lihong Wang, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Real-time Quantitative Microscopy on the Nanometer Scale, David Piston, Vanderbilt University
  • Probing Pancreatic Disease using Tissue Optical Spectroscopy, Mary-Ann Mycek, University of Michigan
  • Multidimensional Fluorescence Imaging, Paul French, Imperial College
  • Spectroscopy for Diagnostics and Interstitial Photodynamic Treatment Control, Stefan Andersson-Engels, Lund University.

LASE Plenary Presentations

  • Dieter Bäuerle, Johannes Kepler University Linz, on "Laser processing and chemistry: applications in nanopatterning, material synthesis and biotechnology"
  • Holger Schlueter, TRUMPF Inc., on "The long journey from idea to industrial success"
  • Fred Dylla, American Institute of Physics, on "Building coherence in collaboration: a case study with the world's most powerful tunable laser."

OPTO Plenary Presentations

  • Eli Yablonovitch, University of California/Berkeley, on "Nanophotonics: from photonic crystals to plasmonics"
  • Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci, Johannes Kepler University Linz, on "Organic 'plastic' optoelectronic devices."

MOEMS-MEMS Plenary Presentations

Michael Douglass, Texas Instruments Inc., on "MEMS reliability: coming of age"

Harold Craighead, Cornell Univ. on "Optically transduced MEMS resonators"

Randy Sprague, Microvision, Inc. on "High-resolution displays, one pixel at a time."

Industry Perspectives Events: Speakers, Panels, and Workshop

· Broadband Access Communication Technologies

· China -Competitor, Customer or Conundrum?

  • Optical Components for Telecom Applications
  • Executive Panel: Market Direction and Implications

for the World of Photonics

  • The Role and Business Opportunity for Optics in Broadband and FTTx Applications
  • IT-Communications Hot Topics Workshop.

Eighty technical courses and professional development workshops will be offered, with topics including:

  • Optoelectronic Materials and Devices
  • Photonic Integration
  • Nanotechnologies in Photonics
  • Displays and Holography
  • Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics
  • Clinical Technologies and Systems
  • Tissue Optics, Laser-Tissue Engineering, and Tissue Engineering
  • Biomedical Spectroscopy, Microscopy, and Imaging
  • Nano/Biophotonics
  • Micro/Nanofabrication
  • Devices, Applications, and Reliability
  • Laser Source Engineering
  • Nonlinear Optics
  • Semiconductor Lasers and LEDs
  • Laser Communication and Propagation
  • Laser Micro-/Nanoengineering and Applications
  • Optics and Optical Engineering
  • Optomechanics
  • Standards
  • Industry Workshops: Basic Optics
  • Industry Workshops: Business and Intellectual Property
  • Professional Development
  • Communication Technologies

A variety of all-symposium social networking events will be offered, including several designed for students and early-career professionals.

Synergy among its communities is an important value of the event, according to attendees.

"This is the top show in the world for us - it has the right combination of commercial and research/academic attendees," said Rick Waltonsmith, Director of Sales and Marketing at Novalux.

For further information about SPIE Photonics West or BiOS or other SPIE events, please visit SPIE.org

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