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SPIE Professional January 2011

SPIE Photonics West 2011

SPIE Photonics WestSPIE Photonics West, the world’s largest international event encompassing photonics, laser, and biomedical optics research and technology, will host some 4000 papers and presentations on the latest advances in photonics R&D.

More than 18,000 attendees are expected 22-27 January at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA, in addition to more than 1200 exhibiting optics companies and organizations.

Numerous special events for SPIE members, industry professionals, students, entrepreneurs, and researchers will occur throughout the week, and the winners of the Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation will be announced at a gala banquet. (See the list of finalists.)

A special after-dinner reception for SPIE members only will be held at 8 pm Tuesday 25 January at the Cityscape Room at the top of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel. SPIE Professional will be there with prizes.

SPIE Photonics West in San FranciscoTechnical highlights will include the BiOS Hot Topics session on Saturday evening where advances in OCT and other imaging technologies will be presented, a panel discussion on progress in microfluidics on Tuesday, and nearly 300 papers on green photonics for energy, sustainability, and conservation at the new Green Photonics virtual symposium.

Optics industry panels will discuss the state of the market in optics and photonics, silicon photonics, green photonics, lasers, and the effort to publish a new report on the impact of photonics in the United States.

Also contained within SPIE Photonics West will be two exhibitions: Biomedical Optics (BiOS) on Saturday and Sunday, and Photonics West Tuesday through Thursday.

In addition, SPIE is hosting a job fair and offering an extensive selection of more than 65 courses and workshops on optoelectronics, biomedical spectroscopy, optomechanics, holography, and other topics.

Plenary speakers

An all-star lineup of plenary speakers for BiOS, OPTO, LASE, and MOEMS/MEMS will focus on little things that have a big impact in light-based research.

Speakers include Max Planck Institute’s Stefan Hell discussing nanoscopy with focused light, Princeton University’s Robert Austin, who will illustrate his talk on “What I Have Learned from Playing with Toys about the Physics of Living Cells” with rubber duckies, and SPIE Fellow Andreas Ostendorf, whose plenary presentation will be on using lasers in particle-based applications.

A nano/biophotonics plenary session will feature SPIE Fellow Frances Ligler, senior scientist for biosensors and biomaterials at the U.S. Naval Research Lab, and Harold Craighead, a pioneer in nanofabrication methods and founding director of the National Nanobiotechnology Center at Cornell University (USA).

BiOS starts on Saturday

logo for SPIE BiOSBiOS is the world’s largest and most influential biomedical optics and biophotonics symposium and kicks off Photonics West on Saturday 22 January with more than 1700 research papers in 37 conferences covering such topics as photodynamic therapy, laser dentistry, tissue engineering, endoscopy, single-molecule spectroscopy, and numerous technologies for cancer screening and treatment.

For instance, researchers from Northwestern University and NorthShore University Health System (USA) will report on a non-invasive method to detect early signs of lung cancer with partial-wave spectroscopic microscopy, a technique developed by Northwestern’s Vadim Backman. Backman is an author on the paper (7907-24) and a session chair in the conference on Biomedical Applications of Light Scattering.

Among the BiOS special events are a roundtable discussion on standards for biophotonics, a meeting of the International Biomedical Optics Society, and the popular Hot Topics session on Saturday evening.

Speakers and the “hot topics” they will discuss are:

  • Ed Boyden of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), an SPIE member and pioneer in optogenetics: controlling the brain with light
  • David Huang, a co-inventor of optical computed tomography (OCT) and SPIE member who is now at the Casey Eye Institute in Oregon (USA): new developments in OCT for ophthalmology
  • Karsten König, CEO of JenLab and professor at Saarland University (Germany): clinical multiphoton tomography
  • Laura Marcu, SPIE member and professor at University of California, Davis (USA): fluorescence lifetime techniques for intravascular diagnostics
  • Eric Mazur, SPIE member and professor at Harvard University (USA): femtosecond laser pulses in biophotonics
  • Alexander Oraevsky, founder, president, and CTO of TomoWave Labs (USA) and an SPIE member: 3D acoustic tomography
  • SPIE Fellow Paras N. Prasad, executive director of the Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics at the University at Buffalo (USA): multiplex biophotonic platform for analyzing macromolecular dynamics in live cells

The Hot Topics session will also include a talk by MIT’s Dasari Rao Ramachandra in a tribute to Michael Feld, who died in April 2010. A pioneer in the use of light in atherosclerotic and cancer research, Feld served as director of MIT’s Spectroscopy Lab for 33 years was director of the Laser Biomedical Research Center at MIT, an NIH-supported center that he founded in 1985.

The contributions to the field by the late Britton Chance will also be honored.

BiOS co-chairs are SPIE Fellows James Fujimoto of MIT and R. Rox Anderson of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard School of Medicine.

The BiOS exhibition, with 180 companies showing the latest laser systems, imaging tools, filters, sensors, and other products, will fill the South Hall of the Moscone Center on Saturday and Sunday, and product demonstrations on the exhibition floor are scheduled for both days.

Poster sessions for BiOS will be held Sunday and Monday evening.

LASE Highlights

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Nearly 700 papers in basic and applied research into laser devices and applications will be presented in 26 LASE conferences.

The plenary session for LASE will be held Wednesday morning and includes three speakers:

  • Nader Engheta, a professor at University of Pennsylvania (USA), will forecast future possibilities for light, electrons, and metamaterials
  • Andreas Ostendorf, chair of Laser Applications Technology at Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany), will discuss how laser irradiation creates interesting effects and properties on particles
  • Paul Denney, a senior laser applications engineer at Lincoln Electric (USA) with 28 years experience in laser materials processing, will give his perspective on how new laser technologies are impacting industrial applications

Among the noteworthy papers to be presented at LASE is one covering the history and current status of ceramic laser technology. SPIE member Jasbinder S. Sanghera of the U.S. Naval Research Lab will discuss the first demonstration of lasing in a ceramic in 1964 up to today’s 100 kW Nd:YAG lasers of today in “Overview of ceramic laser technology” (7912-63).

In a joint session of the LASE conference on quantum communications and the OPTO conference on advanced quantum and optoelectronic applications, Andrew Shields and Mark Stevenson of Toshiba Research Europe will discuss their collaborative research with University of Cambridge (UK) scientists in a paper titled, “A light-emitting diode for entangled photons” (7933-64).

Semiconductor lasers and LEDS are one of the hottest technologies within the field, and SPIE member Ursula Keller of ETH Zurich (Switzerland) is chairing a new LASE conference on vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers (VECSELs) that will span two days.

Friedhelm Dorcsh, head of process sensor systems at TRUMPF (Germany), is LASE symposium chair along with Alberto Piqué of the U.S. Naval Research Lab.

The interactive poster session at LASE will be held Tuesday evening, followed by a discussion on free-space, atmospheric and oceanic laser communications, remote sensing, and supporting technologies at a technical session chaired by SPIE Fellow Hamid Hemmati of the Jet Propulsion Lab (USA).

OPTO Highlights

logo for OPTOAcademic researchers and optics industry professionals from around the globe will present 1300 papers in 33 OPTO conferences focusing on the latest R&D on optoelectronic devices and materials, semiconductor lasers, LEDs, flexible displays, plasmonics, holography, and optical communications.

SPIE Fellow Liang-Chy Chien of Kent State University (USA) is chair of the symposium where technologies used for alternative energy and energy conservation are ubiquitous.

In addition to Stefan Hell, OPTO plenary speakers Tuesday morning are:

• Chang-Dong Kim, vice president of the LG Display R&D Center (Republic of Korea), discussing the challenges of flexible displays

• Eli Yablonovitch, UC Berkeley (USA), professor who coined the term “photonic crystal,” discussing the frontiers of metal optics

German researcher Dwayne Miller will follow the plenary speakers with a keynote presentation in the Ultrafast Phenomena in Semiconductors and Nanostructure Materials conference. He will discuss “Making the molecular movie,” his experiments with femtosecond electron diffraction to watch atoms move in real time. (7937-39)

In a session on display holography Sunday, SPIE Fellow Hans I. Bjelkhagen, chair of the Practical Holography conference, will present a paper on color holograms for museums along with a display of holograms he and his colleagues at Glyndwr University in the UK recorded using the single-beam Denisyuk color reflection technique. The holograms are being used in a Welsh museum exhibit instead of the real objects.

“The images are so real that it is not possible to see the difference between the artifact itself and the image of it,” he says.

Other OPTO papers of note include those on:

  • Dark resonances in coupled micro-cavities (7949-17) co-authored by Michelle Povinelli, the University of Southern California professor who is one of six SPIE members who recently received Presidential Early Career Awards
  • Plasmonics for improved photovoltaics (7933-1), by Harry A. Atwater, Jr. of California Institute of Technology
  • Controlling the speed of light using resonators (7949-19) by Michal Lipson, the Cornell University (USA) professor who recently won a MacArthur Fellowship
  • Wireless networked systems for aircraft (7958-18) by Mohsen Kavehrad of Pennsylvania State University(USA)
Highlights from MOEMS-MEMS

LOGO for SPIE MOEMS-MEMSSeveral conferences in the MOEMS-MEMS symposium have organized joint sessions to showcase the miniaturized products and systems of the future and their applications in lithography, energy harvesting, medical testing, LEDs, and in space exploration.

SPIE Fellow Thomas Suleski of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (USA) and SPIE member Harald Schenk of the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (Germany) are the MOEMS-MEMS symposium chairs who will chair the plenary sessions Monday morning.

In addition to Robert Austin’s presentation on the toys and the physics of living cells, Amit Lal will give a plenary talk on advances in MEMS-based power sources, and Hiroshi Toshiyoshi will discuss the potential of wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) systems for applications such as interferometry and OCT endoscopy. Lal is associate professor at Cornell University and Toshiyoshi is at the University of Tokyo (Japan).

In addition to more than 200 papers in nine conferences and a poster session Tuesday night, technical events within MOEMS-MEMS include two panel discussions on nano devices and micro-electro-mechanical systems for space and a panel on progress on microfluidic chips for the life sciences.

New Green Photonics symposium

logo for SPIE Green PhotonicsSPIE Fellow Stephen Eglash of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University is chair of the new Green Photonics symposium at Photonics West.

The symposium is a virtual event of sorts at Photonics West: The program committee has assembled nearly 300 papers submitted to Photonics West that advance a more sustainable and energy-efficient future and designated them for the green photonics track. Awards will be presented to the best green photonics paper in three technology tracks.

Research in green photonics for energy, sustainability, and conservation will be advanced with papers and presentations on:

  • Solid-state lighting and displays
  • Laser-assisted manufacturing and micro/nano fabrication
  • Optical communications
  • Renewable energy generation via fusion and photovoltaics

A special session on light’s effect on human health will include a series of invited talks exploring “biologically effective” LEDs and other solid-state technologies.

“Tunable LEDs are enabling smart lighting solutions,” says LED conference co-chair Li-Wei Tu of National Sun Yat-Sen University (China).

Among the papers in the special session on “Light and Health: Human Factors for SSL” on Tuesday is one from Dieter Lang of OSRAM (Germany). He will discuss energy-efficient lighting’s effect on the human biological clock.

Representatives from JENOPTIK (Germany) will present a paper in the Green Photonics symposium on the increasing industrial applications and higher efficiencies of its high-power single emitters and laser bars (7918-27). Another notable paper will discuss the U.S. Naval Research Lab’s work on krypton-fluoride lasers for a proposed fusion test facility (7916-31).

Future of photonics special session

Join SPIE in a “town hall” meeting at Photonics West to harness community energy for a new study of optics and photonics, with an emphasis on its economic impact.

Enormous progress has been made in photonics sciences and technologies since the U.S. National Research Council published “Harnessing Light” in 1998.

SPIE is supporting an effort to publish an updated version of the report to review market trends and inform industry plans and government policy on the future direction of photonics.

Don’t miss this opportunity at 8:45 am Thursday 27 January to provide your unique view and contribute to plans for an analysis of the contribution of optics and photonics to technical solutions to the grand challenges of the 21st Century.


Connect In San Francisco

Follow events at Photonics West on Twitter, Facebook, and/or your iPhone, and network with colleagues and experts:

• Follow daily news highlights at spie.org/pw11news.

• Share comments and photos on Facebook: www.facebook.com/spie.org.

• Create a daily schedule of conferences, courses, and special events to attend. Get the SPIE conference program iPhone app from the iTunes store or spie.org/mobile.

• Attend a professional development speakers’ series on Sunday 23 January devoted to industry and entrepreneurship for beginners.

• Reserve a spot at the Lunch with the Experts student networking event on Sunday and Tuesday. Tickets available on site.

• Got a great research project with commercial potential? Make a pitch at the Biophotonics Startup Challenge at 4:45 Monday 24 January. Winners will go on to the University of California, Davis, Biomedical Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy courtesy of Newport Corp. Email dirkf@spie.org for more information.

• Tweet with us with #PW11 or #SPIE: Twitter.com/SPIEtweets.


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

DOI: 10.1117/2.4201101.16

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