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Largest-ever biomedical optics program opens SPIE Photonics West week

New technologies offer cost-cutting solutions, sustainable alternatives, industry insights

26 January 2009

SPIE Photonics West

BELLINGHAM, WA, USA -- SPIE Photonics West 2009, on through this Thursday at the San Jose Convention Center, is once again drawing an international crowd to learn about photonics technologies that can cut costs in industry and pave the way for new products and capabilities in medicine, sustainable energy, and other high-impact fields.

The annual event includes 85 technical conferences and 2 exhibitions, and is seeing growth this year despite economic troubles around the world. Programs cover advances in biomedical optics, optoelectronics, lasers, and MOEMS/MEMS, and are expected to draw more than 17,000 attendees by the end of the week.

The biomedical optics program kicked off the week Saturday with a record number of technical papers, and a 165-company weekend exhibition characterized by companies happy with the volume of visitors.

A standing-room-only hot-topics session on Saturday evening featured reports of advances in cancer detection, stroke treatment management, and other medical applications.

Innovation showcase

The Photonics West exhibition, with around 1,100 companies, will run Tuesday through Thursday, and showcase the latest in 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. The exhibition is open to registrants at no charge, as are executive panels on topics including:

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

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 optics and photonics clusters will be represented in eight national and five state pavilions showcasing the technology and talent in each region.

SPIE and Laurin Publishing, publisher of Photonics Media, will announce winners of the inaugural Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation on Wednesday evening during the conference week. The Prism Awards were introduced in 2008 to recognize the best in innovative technology within the multibillion dollar business of optics and photonics. A panel of 28 independent judges acknowledged as experts in their respective fields reviewed entries in nine categories including optics; lasers; other light sources; detectors, sensing and imaging systems; analytical, test and measurement; photonics systems; photonics processes; sustainable/green technology; and life sciences. A list of finalists and more information is available on the award program website.

Sustainable technologies

Plenary sessions highlighting the program of 3,300 technical papers are scheduled on topics such as the pivotal role of photonics in novel nano/bio/information interfaces, new applications of high-power fiber lasers in industry, new potentials for laser processing in photovoltaics manufacturing, and opportunities for increased versatility in micro-optical modulators.

Several conferences include papers on enabling technologies and their applications for solar energy and sustainable lighting, such as:

  • Conf. 7202, Laser-Based Micro- and Nano-Packaging and Assembly (laser processing for fabrication of environmentally friendly devices, such as high-brightness white LEDs, lightweight thin film solar cells, advanced batteries, etc.)
  • Conf. 7211, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices (materials for optoelectronic devices; wide-bandgap semiconductors, e.g., lasers, LEDs, detectors, solar cells, etc.; band structure, band offsets, gain and recombination in II-VI and nitride-based III-V structures, materials and microstructures for mid-infrared optoelectronic devices
  • Conf. 7213, Organic Photonic Materials and Devices (polymer solar cells and photodetectors)
  • Conf. 7222, Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices (solar cells)
  • Conf. 7231, LEDs: Materials, Devices, and Applications for Solid State Lighting.

Professional development, Career Fair

See the SPIE Photonics West website for complete program information including a list of 75 technical courses and professional development workshops and descriptions of networking events, and the SPIEWorks website for details about the Career Fair at Photonics West.

Conference proceedings manuscripts will be published online in the SPIE Digital Library as soon as approved following the conference. The SPIE Digital Library contains nearly 270,000 articles on optics and photonics research, with approximately 20,000 new journal and proceedings articles added each year. Read more about the SPIE Digital Library online or access papers via subscription or pay-per-view via the SPIE Digital Library website.

Daily reports from SPIE staff are being posted during the meeting on the SPIE Photonics West website.

About SPIE

SPIE is the international optics and photonics society founded in 1955 to advance 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. SPIE contributes more than $1.6 million annually in scholarships, grants, and other programs supporting research and education around the world. For more information, visit SPIE.org.


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