SPIE Professional October 2009
The inaugural year in San Francisco for SPIE Photonics West, after 15 years in San Jose, will coincide with a number of activities, displays, and featured speakers marking the 50th anniversary of the first demonstration of a working laser.
Highlights of the "Advancing the Laser" tribute at SPIE Photonics West include an onsite Khet tournament; an inspiring laser technology "experience" at the welcome reception; a museum-style display of new and historic lasers; and multimedia laser and hologram demonstrations.
SPIE Photonics West will be held 23-28 January 2010 at the Moscone Center, a facility that can accommodate the growing need for conference and exhibition space.
The annual event includes 85 technical conferences and two exhibitions and expects growth despite economic troubles around the world. Programs cover advances in lasers, biomedical optics, optoelectronics, and MOEMS/MEMS.
Internationally recognized as the largest and most prestigious event of its kind, Photonics West also includes North America's largest exhibition covering light-driven technologies (Tuesday through Thursday, 26-28 January) and the awarding of the Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation (Wednesday, 27 January.)
At LASE, the event that bridges the gap between laser science and real world applications, three plenary speakers will focus on the ultrafast:
Andreas Tünnermann, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (Germany)
Paul B. Corkum, University of Ottawa and Lab for Attosecond Science, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Holger Lubatschowski, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. Biophotonics/Lasermedicine (Germany)
The LASE symposium addresses advances in basic and applied laser device research. Some 600 presentations in 13 conferences will explore topics surrounding semiconductor lasers and LEDS, nonlinear optics, and laser source engineering. A conference on lasers for next generation accelerators and light sources will cover HHG lasers for seeding, synchronization between e-beams or x-ray beams to the femtosecond level, and structures for laser acceleration.
Don Harter, IMRA America Inc. (USA), and Peter Herman, University of Toronto (Canada), are symposium chairs for LASE 2010. Alberto Pique of the Naval Research Lab (USA) and Friedhelm Dorsch of TRUMPF Photonics (USA) are co-chairs.
The BiOS symposium, the largest event for biomedical optics in North America, is estimated to host 1500 presentations.
Returning symposium chairs are James Fujimoto of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) and R. Rox Anderson, Wellman Center for Photomedicine (MA).
BiOS has its own exhibition, held Saturday and Sunday, 23-24 January, and an always popular "Hot Topics" session Saturday evening.
The MOEMS-MEMS technical program explores how micro- and nanofabricated electromechanical and optical components will provide the missing link to the mass-produced miniaturized products and systems of the future.
Plenary speakers are:
Yogesh Gianchandani, National Science Foundation and University of Michigan (USA)
Tom Bifano, Boston University and Boston Micromachines (USA)
Wilfried Mokwa, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
The lineup of programs for integrated optoelectronic devices, OPTO, includes 1200 papers in 27 conferences.
E. Fred Schubert, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) is symposium chair; James G. Grote, Air Force Research Laboratory (OH), and Liang-Chy Chien of Kent State (OH), are co-chairs.
More information: spie.org/pw
The Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation, sponsored by SPIE and Laurin Publishing, will be presented Wednesday, 27 January. The awards honor the best innovative products or processes that were brought to market between September 2008 and September 2009.
Judging by a panel of independent experts will be based on the problem addressed and the practicality of the innovation solution.
Go to prismawards.org
SPIE members receive substantial discounts on all conference and course registration fees. Members also get discounts on books and subscriptions to the SPIE Digital Library, where all conference proceedings and SPIE journal articles are stored dating back to 1990.