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World's photonics community prepares for SPIE Photonics West 2009

BELLINGHAM, WA, USA - 3 October 2008 - Photonics West, the essential photonics event in North America, will bring more than 17,500 of the world's leading researchers and innovators to Silicon Valley for a week of technical sessions, special events, and innovation-rich exhibitionA crowd waiting for the exhibition to open fills the hallway at last year's Photonics West symposium.s. The event will run from 24 through 29 January in the San Jose, CA (USA), Convention Center.

The highly regarded technical program, featuring presentations from top academic and industry researchers, is seeing 10% growth over last year, with more than 3,300 scheduled presentations. The program is divided into four symposia:

  • Biomedical Optics and Imaging (BiOS)
  • Laser Devices and Materials (LASE)
  • Optoelectronic Technologies and Applications (OPTO)
  • Micro- and Nanofabricated Electromechanical and Optical Components (MOEMS-MEMS).

The synergy of the technical program and exhibitions at Photonics West is an important value for those who attend. "This is a great event because it's a gathering of many new technologies and ideas," said Petrie Yam, senior product manager at KLA-Tencor. "The exchange in technology discussions really helps to innovate new technologies and that's what we need with emerging markets. There are a lot of new problems to be solved."

The Photonics West exhibition, North America's largest optics and photonics exhibition, will include more than 1,100 companies showing components, systems, and applications for optics and photonics manufacturing, electronic imaging, IR sources and detectors, optical detectors, fibers and materials, cameras and displays, and other innovations. Booth space is expected to sell out again as it has in the past several years, and a waiting list is forming. Dates for the Photonics West exhibition are 27-29 January.

The Photonics West exhibition has become the preferred venue for product launches in this field, and dozens of companies will present product demonstrations each day during the exhibition. Regional clusters will be represented in eight national and five state pavilions showcasing each region's optics and photonics industry.

The weekend Biomedical Optics exhibition, the leading international exhibition in the field, will feature 135 companies showing components, sensors, instruments, and applications for molecular and spectroscopic/microscopic imaging, biomedical optics, and nano/biophotonics. Dates for the BiOS exhibition are 24-25 January.

Both exhibitions are open to registrants at no charge, as are three executive panels and a Hot Markets session featuring top industry leaders discussing high-impact issues. Topics include:

  • Silicon Photonics and Optical Interconnects
  • Hot Markets in Photonics: Solar
  • Perspectives on the World of Photonics
  • Applications of High-Power Solid State Lasers.

The inaugural Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation are to be presented at Photonics West. Sponsored by SPIE and Laurin Publishing, the Photonics Innovation awards will honor the best innovative products and processes that were brought to market between September 2007 and September 2008.

Networking and jobs

The Photonics West program offers 75 short courses and workshops, spanning topics across all four symposia. The educational program is the largest and most comprehensive in North America, and features an expanded roster of business and professional development offerings to complement the technical courses.

Photonics West will also offer numerous networking opportunities and social events, including activities organized especially for students, early-career professionals, Women in Optics, and technical-interest groups.

Professional development opportunities for students will be highlighted by a seminar and a panel composed of representatives from academia, government, and industry. Jorge Cham, creator of the comic "Piled Higher & Deeper," will talk on "The Power of Procrastination," and will join a second panel of hiring managers offering ideas on how to get hired in the current job market.

Employers and prospective employees can connect at the SPIEWorks job fair, with approximately 20 companies recruiting on-site and hundreds of jobs posted online.

"Photonics West is an ideal place to interact with the next generation of students, who will be our customers and could be future employees," said Jason Eichenholz, Vice President of Research and Technology at Ocean Optics.

Technical scope

Highlights of the four Photonics West symposia follow; see the website at spie.org/x2584.xml for more details and updates.

BiOS: Thirty-six conferences with more than 1,500 technical papers -- 200 more than in 2008 -- organized into five program tracks. The symposium includes extensive programs on Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), Photons Plus Ultrasound, Optical Tomography, and Multiphoton Microscopy. Program topics are:

  • Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics
  • Clinical Technologies and Systems
  • Tissue Optics, Laser-Tissue Interaction, and Tissue Engineering
  • Biomedical Spectroscopy, Microscopy, and Imaging
  • Nano/Biophotonics.

Symposium Chairs

  • James Fujimoto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
  • R. Rox Anderson, Wellman Ctr. for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard School of Medicine (USA).

Hot Topics: Moderator, Sergio Fantini, Tufts Univ. (USA)

  • Nanoscopy with Far-Field Optics, Stefan W. Hell, Max-Planck-Institut für Biophysikalische Chemie (Germany)
  • Advanced Studies in Photoporation, Kishan Dholakia,, Univ. of St. Andrews (UK)
  • First-in-Human Clinical Trial of the FLARE Image-Guided Surgery System, Summer L. Gibbs-Strauss, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Ctr. (USA)
  • OCT and Fluorescence Spectroscopy for Cancer Detection, Jennifer K. Barton, The Univ. of Arizona (USA)
  • Diffuse Optics for Acute Stroke Management, Arjun G. Yodh, Univ. of Pennsylvania (USA)
  • Biodegradable Silk Optics, Fiorenzo G. Omenetto, Tufts Univ. (USA)
  • Tracking Stem Cells In Vivo, Charles P. Lin, Wellman Ctr. for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School (USA).

LASE: Twelve conferences with 550 technical presentations in four program tracks. Solid-State Lasers and Fiber Lasers conferences continue to draw large numbers of submissions. Program topics are:

  • Laser Source Engineering
  • Nonlinear Optics
  • Semiconductor Lasers and LEDs
  • Laser Micro-/Nanoengineering and Applications.

Symposium Chairs

  • Don Harter, IMRA Corp. (USA)
  • Peter Herman, Univ. of Toronto (Canada).

Symposium Co-Chairs

  • Henry Helvajian, The Aerospace Corp. (USA)
  • Friedrich G. Bachmann, ROFIN-SINAR Laser GmbH (Germany).

Plenary Session

  • Fiber Laser History and Technological Innovations, David Payne, Univ. of Southampton, Optoelectronics Research Ctr. (UK)
  • Tailored Light -- Innovation by New Laser Concepts and New Applications, Reinhart Poprawe, Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT (Germany)
  • Laser Processing for Thin Film and Wafer-Based Silicon Photovoltaics, Peter Borden, Applied Materials Solar Business Group (USA).

OPTO: Twenty-five conferences with more than 1,060 technical papers -- 100 more than in 2008 -- in seven program tracks. A three-conference program on Optical Communications: Systems and Subsystems is new this year. Program topics are:

  • Optoelectronic Materials and Devices
  • Photonic Integration
  • Nanotechnologies in Photonics
  • Advanced Quantum and Optoelectronic Applications
  • Semiconductor Lasers and LEDs
  • Displays and Holography
  • Optical Communications: Systems and Subsystems.

Symposium Chair

  • James G. Grote, Air Force Research Lab. (USA).

Symposium Co-Chair

  • E. Fred Schubert, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA).

Plenary session

  • Challenges and Prospects of Conventional and Dilute III-Nitrides for Light Emitting Devices, Solid State Lighting, and Silicon Photonics, Klaus H. Ploog, Paul Drude Institute for Solid State Electronics (Germany)
  • Photonics for Novel High-Performance Computing, Ray Beausoleil, HP Laboratories (USA)
  • Photonics' Pivotal Role in the Nano/Bio/Info Revolution: New Interfaces to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century, Paras N. Prasad, State University of New York at Buffalo (USA).

MOEMS-MEMS: Seven conferences with more than 200 technical papers. A conference on Emerging Applications of Digital Mirror Devices and Related Technology is new this year.

Symposium Chair

  • Albert K. Henning, NanoInk, Inc. (USA).

Symposium Co-Chair

  • Thomas J. Suleski, Univ. of North Carolina/Charlotte (USA).

Steering Committee Chair

  • M. Edward Motamedi, Revoltech Microsystems (USA).

Plenary Session

  • Massively Parallel Soft Pen Nanolithography, Chad Mirkin, Northwestern Univ. (USA)
  • The High Versatility of Silicon Based Micro-Optical Modulators, Harald Schenk, Fraunhofer Institute Photonic Microsystems (Germany
  • Subwavelength Optical Elements and Nanoimprint Technology for Chip Integration of Optical Systems and MEMS, Stephen Y. Chou, Princeton Univ. (USA).

Conference proceedings papers will be published in the SPIE Digital Library as soon as they are approved beginning immediately after the event. See spie.org/x2836.xml for more information, or access the SPIE Digital Library at spiedigitallibrary.com.

Photo caption (above):

A crowd waiting for the exhibition to open fills the hallway at last year's Photonics West symposium.