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SPIE Photonics West anticipates strong first year in San Francisco

More than 1,000 suppliers have booked space in the largest photonics exhibition of the year

02 October 2009

SPIE Digital Library

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- SPIE Photonics West, the primary photonics technical symposium and exhibition in North America, is expecting a strong showing for its first year in San Francisco. The event will run 23-28 January at the Moscone Convention Center, and will include special events marking the 50th anniversary in 2010 of the invention of the laser.

The move to San Francisco is enabling growth in the exhibition halls and the technical conferences. Sold exhibition space for both the weekend Biomedical Optics (BiOS) exhibition and the mid-week, 1,000-company Photonics West exhibition already exceeds last year's numbers. More than 3,600 technical papers have been submitted, topping last year's tally. Total attendance is expected to match or surpass the nearly 18,000 at the 2009 event.

The Photonics West exhibition (26-28 January) is North America's largest exhibition for light-driven technologies. It has become the most popular event in the photonics industry for product launches, and approximately 175 companies are expected to launch products at this year's event. Exhibitors will include several regional and national technology clusters, from the U.S. states of New York, Arizona, Florida, Colorado, and the Carolinas, and from Finland, the Netherlands, Canada, Germany, France, Scotland, and China.

Hours for the Biomedical Optics exhibition (23-24 January) have been extended this year, in response to feedback from exhibit visitors. Also, for the first time, the BiOS exhibition will offer demonstration space for suppliers to present new product technology on the exhibition floor.

Technical highlights

The top international photonics conferences composing the Photonics West technical program are organized into four symposia: Biomedical Optics (BiOS), Lasers and Applications (LASE), MOEMS-MEMS/Micro- and Nanofabrication (MOEMS-MEMS), and Optoelectronic Materials, Devices, and Applications (OPTO).

Featured talks by leading international researchers will include:

  • A popular BiOS hot topics session, this year featuring reports on breast cancer therapy, intravascular OCT, molecular imaging, spectroscopy, and microscopy
  • MOEMS-MEMS plenary talks on artificial retinas, deformable mirrors, and health-care and environmental sensing opportunities for microsystems
  • OPTO plenary talks on nonpolar/semipolar LEDs and other solid-state lighting advances
  • LASE plenary talks on attosecond-Ångstrom science and ultrafast fiber technology.

Industry panels will discuss silicon photonics and optical interconnects, the solar photonics market, and the world of optics and photonics from an executive perspective.

The laser celebration will include an expert panel on "The Making of an Industry: 50 Years of the Laser and Beyond," displays of archival photographs and laser equipment, videos illustrating past achievements and future possibilities, a best-paper prize, laser entertainment, and other events. SPIE is celebrating the laser anniversary through its Advancing the Laser tribute, and is a Founding Partner and Sponsor of LaserFest, a community-wide celebration.

The 2009 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation, cosponsored by SPIE and Laurin Publishing, will be anounced at Photonics West. The awards were introduced in 2008 to recognize the best in innovative technology in optics and photonics. Winners in nine categories will be selected by panel of independent, expert judges. More information is available online at photonicsprismaward.com.

SPIE Photonics West offers an extensive program of 65 short courses and workshops, including 15 topics new this year, for increased opportunity to upgrade skills in optics and photonics technologies.

A professional development seminar will feature top-level young optics professionals speaking on leadership, communications, and related topics.

See the event website for more information about the technical program, numerous networking events, and the exhibitions: SPIE.org/photonicswest.

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 188,000 constituents from 138 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. In 2008, the Society provided $1.9 million in support of scholarships, grants, and other education programs around the world. For more information, visit SPIE.org

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