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SPIE Professional July 2008

SPIE Optics+Photonics Has Multiple Events

By Beth Kelley

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SPIE Optics+Photonics is a collaborative, interdisciplinary event that draws together people from multiple specialties. This event has always focused on emerging technologies and the interface with optics and photonics research, design, development, and production.

This year, Optics+Photonics organizers have added conferences, speakers, and other activities to make the focus even more relevant to today's technology needs.

Held from 10-14 August at the San Diego Convention Center, Optics+Photonics has 72 conferences, more than 60 courses and workshops, and 275 exhibitors. The event is made up of four symposia: NanoScience+Engineering, Solar Energy+Applications, Photonic Devices+Applications, and Optical Engineering+Applications.

"We have some outstanding plenary speakers to kick off the symposium," says Solar Energy+Applications Symposium Chair Ravi Durvasula of Lightfleet Corp. (Camas, WA).

An all-conference plenary session features Richard King of the U.S. Department of Energy and his talk "The Solar Decathlon: Building a Better Future with Solar Energy" at 6 p.m. Sunday, 10 August. The decathlon featured 20 zero-energy homes built by university teams from across North America and Europe. King will discuss the results, the competition's role in R&D, and plans for next year's event.

A combined Solid State Lighting and OLED plenary session features two talks on 12 August:

  • "Why the Developing World is the Perfect Market Place for SSL," by Dave Irvine-Halliday, University of Calgary (Canada)
  • "The Use of Heavy Metal Complexes in Solid State Light Sources (OLEDs)" by Mark E. Thompson, University of Southern California (Los Angeles)

"I am very much looking forward to the NanoScience+Engineering plenary session, where we have some renowned speakers adding breadth and depth to the conference coverage," says NanoScience+Engineering Symposium Chair David L. Andrews, University of East Anglia Norwich (UK).

There has also been much progress—fundamental and applied—since last year within the various technical areas represented in the Solar Energy+Applications Symposium, Durvasula says. "Two such areas are thin-film and nano-scale cell technologies," he says. "These areas are not necessarily mutually exclusive."

New Activities

Carbon Nanotubes and Associated Devices and Nanostructured Thin Films are two of six new conferences that have been added to the NanoScience+Engineering and Solar Energy+Applications symposia that emphasize interdisciplinary research. The others in the NanoScience+Engineering symposium are Spintronics and Biosensing. Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems, and Nanoscale Photonic and Cell Technologies for Photovoltaics have been added to the Solar Energy+Applications symposium.

A tribute conference, Special Session on Nonlinear Optical Polymers: In Recognition of the Contributions Made by Professor Larry Dalton, will take place Wednesday, 13 August. SPIE Fellow Larry Dalton of the University of Washington (Seattle) is a long-time contributor to SPIE and to the field of nonlinear optical materials. Presenters will discuss their research and collaboration with Dalton on nonlinear optical polymer and electro-optic modulator materials and devices.

The interactive panel session Life in the Cosmos will be held from 8-10 p.m. on 12 August. Panelists are Michael H. Engel of the University of Oklahoma, E. J. Gibson, Jr. of the NASA Johnson Space Center, Gilbert V. Levin of Arizona State University, Alexei Yu. Rozanov from the Paleontological Institute (Moscow, Russia), Michael C. Storrie-Lombardi of Kinohi Institute (Altadena, CA), and Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe from Cardiff University (UK). The 12 August schedule also includes the Optical Believe It or Not/Key Lessons Learned technical event from 8-10 p.m., chaired by Mark Kahan of Optical Research Associates (Westborough, MA).

M.J. Soileau of the College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida, winner of the 2008 SPIE Gold Medal, will speak at the annual SPIE awards banquet Wednesday, 13 August. (Read the article about M.J. Soileau)

Student Events Scheduled Early in Week 

Students and early career professionals will have many opportunities to meet and gain insight from experts and each other. Student Chapter Leadership Workshops will be held over two days, 9-10 August. An all-day workshop will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Sunday's activities begin with the Professional Skills Workshop from 8 am-1:30 p.m. for students and early career professionals, including a talk by SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs, and conclude with a "no-ties" Student Social from 7:30-9 p.m. "A Student Lunch with the Experts" is also scheduled from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday, 11 August.

Several courses geared towards students and early career professionals will also be offered throughout the week, such as "Effective Scientific Papers" and "Strategies for Professional Conference Presentations."

For beginning or established professionals, seven brand new courses have been added to the 48 courses already offered on topics ranging from business to design. New courses this year include: "Design and Reliability of Photovoltaic Modules" taught by Neelkanth G. Dhere, University of Central Florida, and John H. Wohlgemuth, BP Solar International (Frederick, MD); "Multivariate Analysis of Optical and Imaging Data" taught by Peter Bajorski, Rochester Institute of Technology (NY); and "Digital Imager Evaluation Using Photon Transfer" taught by James R. Janesick, Sarnoff Corp. (Princeton, NJ).

Exhibit Hall

Visit nearly 300 exhibitors in the exhibit hall 12-14 August to see the latest technologies and commercial breakthroughs. Approximately 20 countries are represented.

"I hope newcomers in particular will somehow find at least a little time to look around and enjoy the scene," Andrews says.

Plenary Sessions 11 August:
  • Nanostructures for High Efficiency Photovoltaics, 1:30-2 p.m., Harry A. Atwater, California Institute of Technology.
  • The Environment's Effects on Solar Radiation, 2-2:30 p.m., Joseph J. Michalsky, Jr., NOAA Earth System Research Lab.
  • Direct Conversion of Solar Energy to Hydrogen, 2:30-3 p.m., Craig Grimes, Pennsylvania State University.
  • Reliability of PV Systems 3:30-4 p.m., John H. Wohlgemuth, BP Solar International LLC.
  • Commercialization of Large Scale CPV, 4-4:30 p.m., Dave Holland, Solar Systems Pty., Australia.
Remote Sensing
Plenary Sessions 12 August:
  • Contributions from the NASA Earth Science Decadal Survey Missions in Understanding Global Climate Change, 1:15-2 p.m., Jason Hyon, Jet Propulsion Lab.
  • Recovering the Atmospheric Information from the High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder (HIRDLS), 2-2:45 p.m., John Gille, National Center for Atmospheric Research and University of Colorado, Boulder.
  • Measurement Science for Climate Remote Sensing, 2:45-3:30 p.m., Gerald Fraser, National Institute of Standards and Technology.
  • Application of MODIS Direct Broadcast System: Fire Detection, Burn Scars, Emissions, Air Quality Forecasting, 4-4:45 p.m., Wei Min Hao, USDA Forest Service.
  • Infrared Retina Using Nanoscale Quantum Dots and Strain Layer Superlattices, 4:45-5:30 p.m., Sanjay Krishna, University of New Mexico.

SPIE Optics+Photonics is a great opportunity to explore new technologies, meet with fellow researchers and engineers, and learn about the latest breakthroughs. http://spie.org/op

Have a question or comment about this article? Write to us at SPIEprofessional@spie.org 

DOI: 10.1117/2.4200807.19

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