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SPIE Photonics West offers innovation and cost-cutting solutions, new research, industry insights

15 January 2009

SPIE Photonics West

BELLINGHAM, WA, USA –- Advances in photonics research with applications touching nearly every aspect of life will draw 17,500 scientists and industry leaders to SPIE Photonics West in the San Jose, CA, Convention Center 24-29 January. Photonics West draws world experts in biomedical optics, lasers, MOEMS/MEMS, and optoelectronics.

The week-long event offers cutting-edge research presentations, two exhibitions, industry executive panels on high-impact issues, a comprehensive continuing education program, a career fair, and numerous networking events.

Both exhibitions are open to registrants at no charge, as are the executive panels. Panel 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 Photonics West exhibition, North America's largest exhibition covering light-driven technologies, will include more than 1,100 companies showing 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. Dates 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 optics and photonics clusters will be represented in eight national and five state pavilions showcasing each region.

The weekend Biomedical Optics (BiOS) exhibition, the leading international exhibition in the field, will feature 165 companies showing components, sensors, instruments, and applications for molecular and spectroscopic/microscopic imaging, biomedical optics, and nano/biophotonics. Dates are 24-25 January.

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.

Cancer detection, solar and sustainable energy, more

A Saturday-evening Biomedical Optics Hot Topics session will again be a highlight. Eight top researchers will present on advanced work in areas such as use of optics for stroke management, biodegradable silk optics, and optics in stem cell research and new cancer detection and treatment technologies.

Plenary sessions are scheduled for each of the other three symposia, with 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.

Nearly 3,300 papers will be presented in 80 conferences. A sampling of stand-out presentations includes papers on:

  • “The role of reactive oxygen species in low level light therapy,” Michael R. Hamblin, Massachusetts General Hospital (7165-01)
  • “A hybrid dynamical diffuse optical tomography and MRI mammography instrument,” David R. Busch, Jr., Avinash Rajput, Turgut Durduran, Regine Choe, Univ. of Pennsylvania ; Zhongyao Zhao, Drexel Univ.; Xavier Intes, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Shoko Nioka, Britton Chance, Mark A. Rosen, Mitchell D. Schnall, Arjun G. Yodh, Univ. of Pennsylvania (7171-21)
  • “Optical sectioning in 3D far-field fluorescence nanoscopy based on single molecule switching,” Alexander Egner, Claudia Geisler, Claas von Middendorff, Mariano Bossi, Andreas Schönle, Stefan W. Hell, Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (7183-47)
  • “Solid state lasers in solar cell manufacturing,” Dave Clark, Newport Spectra-Physics (7193-88)
  • “Overview of DoD (AF) high-power fiber laser programs,” Richard W. Berdine, Air Force Research Lab. (7195-02)
  • “Massively parallel soft pen nanolithography,” Chad A. Mirkin, Northwestern Univ. (7205-01)
  • “Parallel direct-write nanopatterning using near-fi eld focusing by optically trapped microspheres,” Craig B. Arnold, Princeton Univ. (7205-31)
  • “Brief overview on the achievements on ZnO,” Donald J. Silversmith, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (7217-15)
  • “Active plasmonic components and metamaterials,” Harry A. Atwater, Jr., California Institute of Technology (7223-17).

Articles by several authors presenting at Photonics West recently have been published in the online SPIE Newsroom, and are available at these links:

Conferences with papers on enabling technologies and their applications for solar energy and sustainable lighting include:

  • 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.

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. Daily reports from SPIE staff will be posted during the meeting on the SPIE Photonics West website.

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