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SPIE Professional January 2012

Photonics West

BiOS program feeds SPIE Photonics West growth trend in San Francisco

By Karen Thomas

SPIE Photonics West logo

New biomedical optics treatments for critical diseases and for restoring sight, the latest green photonics enabling sustainable energy solutions, laser innovations for manufacturing, communications, and much more are on the program at SPIE Photonics West 2012.

On a continuing growth trend, total attendance at Photonics West 2012 is expected to top 19,000. Attendees will have access to technical sessions, industry panels, two exhibitions, and other events covering advances in medical therapeutics and diagnostics; semiconductor, gas, fiber, and diode lasers; micro/nanofabrication; MEMS; optoelectronic materials and device; displays; communications; and related topics.

Photonics West will be held 21-26 January at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA (USA) to showcase the many technologies and products being developed to make the world better through photonics.

BiOS highlights

BiOS logoThe BiOS technical program at SPIE Photonics West in January — once again the largest of the event's four symposia — is helping to draw more exhibiting companies than ever to the BiOS Expo on opening weekend.

The BiOS program includes nearly 1800 technical presentations in tracks on photonic therapeutics and diagnostics; clinical technologies and systems; tissue optics, laser-tissue interaction, and tissue engineering; biomedical spectroscopy, microscopy, and imaging; and nano/biophotonics. Technical topics include enabling technologies for applications such as treatments for cancer, stroke, epilepsy, vision loss, and more.

A new conference has been added this year on Optical Techniques in Pulmonary Medicine, and sessions on optogenetics have been added to conferences on Photons and Neurons and on Optical Biopsy.

Featured sessions will begin with the popular BiOS Hot Topics session facilitated by SPIE member Sergio Fantini of Tufts University (USA) on Saturday night.

Speakers and topics include:

• SPIE member Daniel Palanker (Stanford University), "Photo-voltaic retinal prosthesis for restoring sight to the blind"

• SPIE member Brian Wong (Beckman Laser Institute, University of California, Irvine), "Emerging applications for optical coherence tomography in the head, neck, and upper airway"

• SPIE member Adam Wax (Duke University), "Early cancer detection with coherence imaging"

• SPIE member Xingde Li (Johns Hopkins University), "Scanning fiber optic nonlinear endomicroscopy"

• SPIE Fellow Stephen Boppart (University of Illinois/Urbana Champaign), "Coherence imaging of cancer with novel optical sources"

Vasilis Ntziachristos (Technical University Munich), "Advances in fluorescence and opto-acoustic imaging"

• SPIE member Elizabeth Hillman (Columbia University), "In-vivo microscopy: a new window on the brain"

Seok Hyun Yun (Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital), "Bio laser"

Eva M. Sevick, (University of Texas Health Science Center), "Lymphatic Flow Imaging"

SPIE member W. E. Moerner of Stanford University (USA), plenary speaker in the Nano/Biophotonics track, will discuss "Single-molecule active control microscopy for nanoscale 3D cell images."

SPIE Fellows James Fujimoto of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) and R. Rox Anderson of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard School of Medicine (USA) will serve as symposium co-chairs for this international forum.

LASE highlights

LASE logoThe LASE symposium, co-chaired by Friedhelm Dorsch of TRUMPF (Germany) and Alberto Piqué of U.S. Naval Research Lab (USA), will showcase the latest fundamental and applied research on new laser sources and applications. Topics include basic laser device and materials research, semiconductor lasers and LEDs, device and system engineering for emerging nanotechnologies, microelectronic and photonic manufacturing, and free-space communications.

Highlights include laser conferences on fiber, solid state, disk, and ultrafast lasers plus the world's largest concentration of semiconductor laser/LED content at one event. Applications include lasers for free-space communications, industrial, and biomedical use.

A new conference this year is on High-Power Laser Materials Processing: Lasers, Beam Delivery, Diganostics, and Applications.

LASE plenary speakers are:

  • SPIE Fellow Federico Capasso (Harvard University), "Plasmonics for beam shaping and wavefront engineering"
  • SPIE Fellow Ed Moses (Lawrence Livermore National Lab), "The National Ignition Facility and progress towards inertial fusion ignition"
  • Peter Leibinger (TRUMPF), "Successful technology approach for lasers in manufacturing"

Conference attendees are invited to attend the LASE poster session on Tuesday evening. Authors of poster papers will be present to answer questions concerning their papers.

OPTO highlights

OPTO logoKlaus P. Streubel of OSRAM (Germany) will chair this year's OPTO symposium. Topics addressed include optical interactions, optoelectronic materials, semiconductor lasers and LEDs, solid-state lighting, photonic integration, displays and holography, nanotechnology in photonics, photonics packaging, and optical communications, and their integration for a variety of commercial applications.

Many of today's green technologies, along with enhanced display screens, faster communication, and more efficient optical storage devices, sprang from ideas presented at OPTO conferences.

Two new conferences have been added:

• Physics, Simulation, and Photonic Engineering of Photovoltaic Devices

• High Contrast Metastructures

OPTO plenary speakers will include:

  • SPIE member Erez Hasman (Technion-Israel Institute of Technology), "Spinoptics: spin degeneracy removal in nanostructures"
  • Connie Chang-Hasnain (University of California, Berkeley), "High-contrast metastructure for integrated optics."
  • David Awschalom (University of California, Santa Barbara), "Engaging spins in semiconductors for quantum information processing."
MOEMS-MEMS highlights

MOEMS-MEMS logoThe MOEMS-MEMS symposium, with its main focus on Micro/Nanofabrication and Devices/Applications/Reliability, drew 226 submissions for its six specialized conferences for 2012. This is an increase of 7% from 2011 and a clear sign of the interest for both industry and academia.

"Experts from all over the world will have the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in these fields as well about the latest trends in advanced fabrication, microfluidics, adaptive optics and reliability" says SPIE member and symposium co-chair Harald Schenk of the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (Germany).

For the first time at MOEMS-MEMS, a symposium-wide prize for best paper and best student paper will be awarded at the plenary session.

"The quality of work presented at MOEMS-MEMS is consistently high, says SPIE member and symposium co-chair David Dickensheets of Montana State University (USA). "We believe these awards will help to draw attention to some of the outstanding research being presented at this symposium."

MOEMS/MEMS plenary speakers are:

  • Michael Roukes (Caltech), "Large-scale integration of nanosystems"
  • Samuel Schaevitz (Lilliputian Systems), "Powering the wireless world with MEMS"
  • Jonathan Cooper (University of Glasgow), "New optical, acoustic, and electrical technologies for developing real-world diagnostics."
Green Photonics

Energy, sustainability, and conservation are inherently interdisciplinary. The Green Photonics virtual symposium at Photonics West will highlight papers from all areas of Photonics West in technologies applied in energy sources, energy efficiencies, sustainability, conservation, and other green components. Track topics include solid-state lighting and displays; laser-assisted manufacturing and micro/nano fabrication; communications; and renewable energy generation through photovoltaics. Awards will be presented for the best papers in each of these areas.

"Photonics now penetrates many aspects of modern life, technology, and business. Green photonics, the use of photonics for environments and energy-related applications is similarly wide-spread and pervasive," says SPIE Fellow and symposium chair Stephen Eglash of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University (USA). "We want authors to think about whether there's a green photonics aspect to their papers, identify that, so we can highlight those papers in our green photonics virtual symposium and consider those papers for the green photonics best paper awards."

The technical program includes more than 60 technical short courses and professional development workshops. Topics span the four major technical areas at Photonics West as well as courses on fundamental optics, optical engineering, and manufacturing

Britton Chance Award at Photonics West

Last year, SPIE established a new award for biomedical optics honoring researcher Britton Chance, who died in 2010 at the age of 97. The first Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award will be presented at the BiOS Hot Topics on Saturday 21 January.

Chance pioneered the field of biomedical optics, making important contributions in a number of areas. He helped in the identification of and functioning of enzyme-substrate compounds and made advancements in breast cancer diagnostics, rf electronics, spectroscopy as a noninvasive analytical tool for clinical diagnosis, and other areas.

This annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of biomedical optics through the development of innovative, high-impact biophotonic technologies. In particular, the award acknowledges pioneering contributions to biophotonic methods and devices that have significant promise to accelerate or have already facilitated new discoveries in biology or medicine. The award also targets achievements that span disciplines and may include elements of basic research, technology development, and clinical translation.

"Brit Chance's research, training, and leadership have helped fuel the growth of biomedical optics and biophotonics throughout the world," says SPIE Fellow Bruce Tromberg, director of the Beckman Laser Institute and a longtime colleague of Chance.

Special forums and events

There is more to Photonics West than technical papers and the exhibitions. The week will be filled with networking opportunities and sessions featuring entrepreneurs and innovation.

Ocean Optics and SPIE will present a panel of Blue Ocean open-innovation grant winners, to discuss the entrepreneurial process and approaches to activities such as networking, training, and planning. 

The Entrepreneurship Start-up Challenge will return to Photonics West with biophotonics and optoelectronics divisions, giving researchers an opportunity to pitch their products or small-business start-up ideas to a panel of experts and entrepreneurs.

Jenoptik is joining SPIE in sponsoring this year's challenge. Top presenters will be sponsored to attend the highly rated Entrepreneurship Academy at the University of California, Davis (USA).


Job Fair @ Photonics West

Whether you're looking for a better job, re-entering the workforce or just starting out, plan to visit the SPIE Job Fair at Photonics West in San Francisco 24-25 January.

Admission is free to those with technical conference or exhibition badges for Photonics West, and all services through the SPIE Career Center are free to individuals seeking employment. Recruiters from top optics and photonics companies will be available to discuss current and future job openings onsite at the Moscone Center.

Over the years, SPIE has worked with more than 3000 companies, recruiters, and research institutions to help find technicians, technical sales people, scientists, and engineers.

Can't make it to the Job Fair in person? Go online to post your resume at spie.org/careercenter.


Prism Awards logoPrism Awards at Photonics West

The 2011 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation will be presented by SPIE and Photonics Media at a 25 January 2012 banquet during SPIE Photonics West.

Finalists for the international competition recognizing cutting edge photonics products were announced in November. See photonicsprismaward.com for a list of finalists.


Member-Only events at Photonics West
  • SPIE Fellows luncheon: 12-1:30 pm, 23 January, with Aydogan Ozcan as the invited speaker. RSVP required.
  • SPIE Senior Member breakfast: 8-9 am, 24 January. RSVP required.
  • SPIE member reception: 8-9:30 pm, 24 January, at the Cityscape Room at the top of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel

Courses at SPIE Photonics West

Courses at SPIE Photonics West can help you take charge of your career in today's competitive job market. And discounts of up to 50% are offered to SPIE members.

Onsite courses offer an engaging experience for those who prefer face-to face instruction by some of the best instructors in the industry.

The 65 technical courses and professional development workshops offered at SPIE Photonics West provide essential background on fundamental topics and emerging technologies that can extend the breadth of your technical knowledge.

Program Tracks include:

• Biomedical Spectroscopy, Microscopy, and Imaging

• Clinical Technologies and Systems

• Displays and Holography

• Laser Applications

• Metrology and Standards

• Micro/Nanofabrication

• Nano/Biophotonics

• Nonlinear Optics

• Optics and Optical Engineering

• Optical Communications: Devices to Systems

• Optoelectronic Materials and Devices

• Optomechanics

• Photonic Integration


Connect at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco

Follow events at SPIE Photonics West on Twitter, Facebook, or your iPhone. Network with colleagues and experts:

• Follow daily news at spie.org/pw12news.

Share comments and photos on Facebook.

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

• Tweet with us with @PhotonicsWest.

• Attend a professional development speakers' series on Sunday 22 January exploring topics in innovations and entrepreneurship.

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

DOI: 10.1117/2.4201201.31

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