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6 - 11 March 2021
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SPIE Photonics West hightlights

Lighting the way into the future
Each year, the optics and photonics community gathers at Photonics West to hear cutting-edge research, find the latest products and services, and network with thousands of other like-minded individuals. The 2021 event will certainly offer a different experience, however SPIE remains committed to offering options for the community to gather, whether that be in-person or online. 

Check back for updates on the program and how it will be delivered in 2021. We look forward to connecting with everyone soon.

Free webinars
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opens in January

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Announcing the Photonics West Preview

Twisted light

Join the SPIE Photonics West Preview in January for a series of free photonics webinars addressing topics such as COVID-19 research, optical coherence tomography, and quantum technologies that will be discussed in detail during Photonics West in March. Hear from invited speakers and key companies during the Photonics West Preview from 25 - 28 January.

SPIE Quantum West, a new event in 2021

Learn more about Quantum West

Learn and discuss the role that photonics plays as quantum technology moves from R&D to applications for the commercial marketplace in a one-day, industry-focused event on quantum technology 10 March 2021 at Photonics West 2021 in San Francisco.

Open access COVID-19-releated content from the SPIE Digital Library

Coronavirus research
Achieving a trusted, reliable, AI-ready infrastructure for military medicine and civilian trauma care (Presentation and proceedings paper)

Label-free biosensor for viruses and bacteria detection (Presentation and proceedings paper)
Industry update: photonics and COVID-19 (Conference presentation)
Social Distancing (Journal article from Optical Engineering)

The laser turns 60!

Celebrating 60 Years of the Laser

Celebrate 60 years of laser innovation this year. Visit the SPIE web page offering free resources to download for your celebration, along with some articles and videos that showcase the importance of the laser.

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The 2021 Call for Entries

2020 Prism Awards Call for Entries

Prism Awards

The Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation is a leading international competition that honors the best new optics and photonics products on the market. Winners will be announced during Photonics West 2021.

2020 Startup Challenge application is open

Startup Challenge

The Startup Challenge is a global competition where entrepreneurs with light-enabled products have 5 minutes to pitch their businesses to a team of judges and vie for over $85,000 in cash, prizes, and promotion. 

A look back at highlights from Photonics West 2020

SPIE Photonics West 2020 took place 1-7 February. The event once again brought together over 20,000 researchers, presenters, exhibiting companies, and attendees to share the latest in optics and photonics technologies. It was another busy year with many exciting developments and events, and a true celebration of the people behind the power of optics and photonics. Review the 2020 while we all get ready for 2021.

Review 2020 materials See the 2020 winners
2020 Proceedings 2020 Prism Award winners
2020 Final Program 2020 Startup Challenge winners
2020 Exhibition Guide
2020 Photo gallery

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