Videos: Paris speakers pay tribute to light
An array of "luminaries" helped to launch the International Year of Light in Paris. These highlight presentations cover the diverse aspects of light.
The opening ceremony of the 2015 International Year of Light (IYL 15) was held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 19-20 January.
A program of speakers spoke about light from many angles -- from Nobel Prize-winning research to grass-roots illumination providing light for remote villages at night.
Following are links to some of the keynote talks presented in Paris.
Ahmed Zewail (California Institute of Technology): Light and Life
Steven Chu (Stanford University): Energy and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities
France A. Cordova (National Science Foundation): NSF: Investing in Discovery-Based Research
Charles Falco (University of Arizona): Ibn Al-Haytham's Contributions to Optics and Renaissance Art
William D. Phillips (University of Maryland and NIST): Einstein, Time, and Light
Serge Haroche (College de France): Light and the Quantum
Zhores Alferov (Russian Academy of Sciences): Efficient Light Conversion and Generation
Alain Aspect (Institut d'Optique): Single and Entangled Photons: At the Heart of the Quantum Revolutions
Bernard Kress (Google [X] Labs): Optical Technologies at Google for a Brighter Future
Brian Wilson (University Health Network Biophotonics): Light and Health: How Biophotonics Can Help in the Fight Against Disease
Sune Svanberg (Lund University): Light and Nobel -- The Fascination of Science