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SPIE co-sponsors ICTP Winter College on nano-optics and plasmonics

02 March 2012

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SPIE Past Presidents Katarina Svanberg (2011), at left, and María Yzuel (2009) were among supporters from SPIE and other organizations who attended events during the recent Winter College on Optics in Trieste.


BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- The important topics of nano-optics and plasmonics, with applications in solar energy, lasers, and research, occupied students and faculty from 40 countries at the 2012 Winter College on Optics at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste. SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, is among eight organizations that co-sponsor the annual event and other ICTP programs to meet the needs of students and scientists in developing countries.

Held 6-17 February, the Winter College was attended by 113 students from 40 countries, and instructed by 17 faculty from 9 countries. Directors were SPIE Fellow Zohra Ben-Lakhdar (University of Tunis), Mario Bertolotti (University of Rome), and Nikolay  Zheludev (University of Southampton).

New to the program this year were hands-on experiments provided by Angela Guzman (CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida) and SPIE Fellow Anna Consortini (University of Firenze).

SPIE provided participants with free access to the SPIE Digital Library during the Winter College.

SPIE Immediate Past President Katarina Svanberg (University Hospital Lund) presented SPIE Best Poster Awards for presentations in the Laser, Atomic and Molecular Physics (LAMP) program to:

  • Alberto Scarpettini (Universidad de Buenos Aires), first place, for "High resolution imaging using plasmonic probes"
  • Vivi Fauzia (Universitas Indonesia and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia), first place, for "Enhancing photocurrent on organic solar cells by gold nanospheres"
  • Jasna Dasović (Ruđer Bošković Institute), second place, for, "Time-resolved and time-integrated photoluminescence analysis of Si nanoparticles."

The 2012 ICO/ICTP Gallieno Denardo Prize was awarded to Selçuk Aktürk of the Istanbul Technical University, who made a presentation on his work in ultrashort optical pulses and nonlinear optics. (See photos of Aktürk and other prize winners below.)

In addition to the annual Optics Winter College, SPIE provides $30,000 annually to support an optics staff position at ICTP. In conjunction with ICTP, SPIE provides free SPIE Digital Library access in participating countries through the eJDS program, and helps fund a laboratory pursuing novel research in spectroscopy with quantum cascade lasers, available to participants from developing nations. The lab is housed at the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nuclear (INFN) and run in collaboration with the Institute for Nanoelectronics, Technische Universität München.

Along with Svanberg, SPIE Past President María Yzuel (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona) represented SPIE at a meeting of the Trieste System Optical Sciences and Applications (TSOSA) Advisory Group, which advises on the coordination of ICTP activities in optics and photonics.


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A well-received addition to the Winter College this year were hands-on experiments such as the one demonstrated above by Anna Consortini. The experiments are part of a training module used in the ALOP (Active Learning in Optics and Photonics) program and were introduced to the Winter College by ALOP volunteer and Winter College director Zohra Ben-Lakhdar.

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Above, from left, at a reception during the college are instructor Imrana Ashraf Zahid, SPIE Past President María Yzuel, 2012 Winter College director Mario Bertolotti, Chiara Bernardoni, wife of the late ICTP administrator Gallieno Denardo, and SPIE Fellow Anna Consortini.

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Chiara Bernardoni, at left above, wife of the late Professor Denardo, congratulated 2012 Gallieno Denardo prize winner Selçuk Aktürk.

Katarina Svanberg and Vivi Fauzia JPEG
SPIE Immediate Past President Katarina Svanberg presented first place LAMP Best Poster Awards to Vivi Fauzia (above) and Alberto Scarpettini (below).
Katarina Svanberg and Alberto Scarpettini JPEG

Katarina Svanberg and Jasna Dasović JPEG
Above, SPIE Immediate Past President Katarina Svanberg presents the second place LAMPS Best Poster Award to Jasna Dasović.

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 225,600 constituents from approximately 150 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. SPIE provided over $2.5 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2011.


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