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SPIE Professional January 2008

Industry Leaders Share Views at Photonics West

SPIE Photonics West 2008 includes four symposia, BiOS, LASE, MOEMS-MEMS, and OPTO, and special events connecting attendees with industry leaders.

By Kathy Sheehan

photo of convention center for SPIE Photonics WestSPIE Photonics West is well known for cutting-edge research presentations, standing-room-only "hot topics" sessions on biomedical technologies, and the largest exhibit in North America on light-driven technologies.

Because of SPIE's strategic role in connecting technology innovators with relevant markets, a distinguished group of invited speakers this year will also cover current market conditions and business opportunities in biomedical optics, nanotechnologies, MEMS/MOEMS, lasers, and optoelectronics.

One presenter at the 19-24 January 2008 event in San Jose, CA, is Holger Schlueter, vice president, laser, for TRUMPF Inc., a Connecticut-based subsidiary of the TRUMPF Group. Schlueter will discuss The Long Journey From Idea to Industrial Success in his plenary talk at LASE 2008 at 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, 23 January. Schlueter has worked with high-power lasers for industrial applications since 1993 and holds several patents in the field of laser resonators and laser applications.

Schlueter, who is also on a panel of seven business executives talking about Market Direction and Implications for the World of Photonics, will present three case studies at his plenary session on how long it can take from the first idea to the industrial success of a laser technology.

One case study will focus on the time it took and how many different organizations were involved in making high-power diode lasers the method of choice for solid-state laser pumping. Another case study will highlight stations along the very successful thin-disk laser development, with its humble beginnings at the Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge in Stuttgart 15 years ago.

Schlueter will also incorporate his personal history with TRUMPF, being closely related to the diffusion-cooled coaxial CO2 laser geometry. The TRUMPF Group is a $2.5-billion-a-year German manufacturer and world market and technology leader in lasers and laser systems for manufacturing technology. Schlueter oversees all laser-related manufacturing, sales, service, research, and development at TRUMPF Inc.

bios logo, spie photonics westSPIE Photonics West is expected to draw 17,000 attendees from around the world. More than 3100 papers have been accepted for 85 conferences at this week-long event featuring two free exhibitions: Biomedical Optics (BiOS), the largest biomedical optics exhibition in the world, and the 1100-company Photonics West exhibit.

Eighty technical courses and professional development workshops will also be offered.

Other Plenary Speakers at SPIE Photonics West:

  • Dieter Bäuerle, Johannes Kepler University Linz, (Austria) on Laser Processing and Chemistry: Applications in Nanopatterning, Material Synthesis and Biotechnology
  • Fred Dylla, American Institute of Physics, on Building Coherence in Collaboration: A Case Study With the World's Most Powerful Tunable Laser
  • Eli Yablonovitch, University of California, Berkeley, on Nanophotonics: From Photonic Crystals to Plasmonics
  • Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci, Johannes Kepler University Linz, (Austria) on Organic 'Plastic' Optoelectronic Devices
  • Michael Douglass, Texas Instruments Inc., on MEMS Reliability: Coming of Age
  • Harold Craighead, Cornell University (NY) on Optically Transduced MEMS Resonators
  • Randy Sprague, Microvision, Inc.(WA) on High-Resolution Displays, One Pixel at a Time

BiOS 2008 Hot Topics Sessions
Saturday Night, Jan. 19, 2008

  1. Progress in Therapeutic Lasers, R. Rox Anderson, Wellman Center for Photomedicine (MA)
  2. Spectroscopy for Diagnostics and Interstitial Photodynamic Treatment Control, Stefan Andersson-Engels, Lund University (Sweden)
  3. Imaging and Treatment of Cancer Using Gold Nanoparticles, Rebekah Drezek, Rice University (TX)
  4. Multidimensional Fluorescence Imaging, Paul French, Imperial College (London)
  5. Single-Molecule Superresolution Imaging and Trapping, W.E. Moerner, Stanford University
  6. Probing Pancreatic Disease Using Tissue Optical Spectroscopy, Mary-Ann Mycek, University of Michigan
  7. Real-time Quantitative Microscopy on the Nanometer Scale, David Piston, Vanderbilt University (TN)
  8. Monitoring and Predicting Chemotherapy Using Diffuse Optics, Bruce Tromberg, Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic (CA)
  9. Photoacoustic Microscopy and Computed Tomography, Lihong Wang, Washington University in St. Louis

SPIE Photonics West 2008 includes four renowned symposia:

DOI: 10.1117/2.4200801.03

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