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28 March - 2 April 2020
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Monday Hot Topics

Monday Hot Topics Session

A special award, a second quantum revolution, and nanophotonic observations kicked off the first of three plenary Hot Topics sessions at SPIE Photonics Europe on Monday 23 April.

SPIE President Maryellen Giger presented Professor Patrick Meyrueis with a special award recognizing his 40 years of support for SPIE presence in Europe: in 1977 Professor Meyrueis orgnanized the first European-based SPIE event. He, in turn, graciously dedicated his award to "all who continue to contribute to Photonics Europe, here and in the U.S."

Former Strasbourg mayor Catherine Trautmann provided the City of Strasbourg welcome, while University of Strasbourg's Paul Montgomery extended the conference welcome address; both highlighted the centrality of Strasbourg, France, and the German region to photonics and its critical solutions to today’s challenges.

Conference Chair and Oxxius CEO Thierry Georges then introduced the two plenary speakers, Alain Aspect, professor at the Institut d'Optique and Palaiseau Ecole Polytechnique, and Jeremy J. Baumberg of the University of Cambridge's NanoPhotonics Centre. Aspect's "From Einstein Doubts to Quantum Bits: A Second Quantum Revolution" offered an engaging overview of the field of quantum optics, from Einstein’s earliest theories to contemporary applications, while Baumberg discussed his latest findings at the smallest of dimension—light-confining experiments at the atomic level—noting the wide range of sciences that contribute to the research of nanoscience. With these tools, Baumberg said, "we are finally able to see discrete things on the nanoscale."