OSA 'Frontiers in Optics' Annual Meeting Presents Most Significant Research Spanning Every Field


Angela Stark                       
Optical Society of America
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Keira Shein
WilkinsonShein Communications
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OSA 'Frontiers in Optics' Annual Meeting
Presents Most Significant Research
Spanning Every Field of Optics and Photonics

 Meeting to be Held in San Jose, Calif., Sept. 16-20

The Optical Society of America’s (OSA) 91st Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics 2007, will cover the breadth of optical science and engineering. This meeting, co-located with Laser Science XXIII, the annual meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Laser Science, unites these communities for five days of cutting-edge content, powerful networking and opportunities for scientific exchange. Exhibits featuring more than 70 leading optics companies will complement the in-depth educational programming and offer attendees a glimpse of the latest optical technologies and products.

WHAT: The Optical Society of America’s Annual Meeting – Frontiers in Optics 2007
WHERE: Fairmont Hotel
170 South Market Street
San Jose, Calif.
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 16 – Thursday, Sept. 20
WHY COME/PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Frontiers in Optics 2007 will debut important new research in more than 600 presentations, eight special symposia and other educational events.

Highlights include:

  • Frontiers in Optics plenary session from industry thought leaders:
    • The Optical Frequency Comb: A Remarkable Tool with Many Uses, John L. Hall, Nobel Laureate, 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics, JILA, Univ. of Colorado and NIST, USA
    • Nanophotonics: From Photonic Crystals to Plasmonics, Eli Yablonovitch, University of California at Berkeley, USA
  • Technical topic highlights include:
    • New theoretical predictions relating to the coherence properties of light in Young's experiment.
    • Record-breaking changes in reflectivity or a "gigantic photoresponse."
    • A compressive imaging system based on the use of structured light.
    • The first current-driven lasers with ultrasmall mode volumes.
    • An intraocular camera that is intended for use in conjunction with an epiretinal microstimulator array to form an intraocular retinal prosthesis.
  • Special symposia covering the range of the field's most important evolving information:
    • Organic Thin Films for Photonic Applications – explores new developments in a rapidly evolving topical area.
    • Optical Materials – emphasizes ceramic materials, structured nonlinear crystals, nanocrystals and quantum dots, photonic materials and space qualification of materials and devices for laser remote sensing instruments.
    • Optics for Energy – focuses on the increasingly important role of optics for power generation, transmission and storage, including nanotechnology and high-efficiency photovoltaic devices, solar concentrators, solar photolysis and production of hydrogen.
    • Optics and the Second “Magic Decade” of Quantum Mechanicstakes a historical view of the challenges overcome and the growing accommodation to its results.
    • (Guarded) Rational Exuberance: Renaissance after the Telecom Boom?!presents the current status and directions of the telecom industry, telecom investments and technologies from business, technological and political perspectives.
    • Best of Topicals – reviews the highlights of all research presented in the field this year.
  • Award session to recognize industry thought leaders, including Daniel Kleppner, Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Endowment; M.J. Soileau, Esther Hoffman Beller Medal; Luigi Lugiato, Max Born Award and others.
  • “What’s Hot in Optics Now” session highlighting trends across the entire field of optics including biology and medicine, information science, vision and color and optical sciences.
  • Exhibition featuring more than 70 leading companies in the field, including Thorlabs, Coherent, Inc. and Melles Griot.

For additional information on the meeting and the research, visit www.frontiersinoptics.org or contact Keira Shein at 410.363.9494.

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