Lasers and Electro Optics Conference Comes to Baltimore


Keira Shein
WilkinsonShein Communications for CLEO/IQEC

Lasers and Electro Optics Conference Comes to Baltimore

Researchers discuss ways to make plants richer in antioxidants and a new method for detecting Earth-like planets

BALTIMORE, May 26--The 2009 Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO/IQEC) will come to Baltimore next week, May 31 to June 5, featuring 300 participating companies and groundbreaking research—from using light to increase nutrients in food to laser technology for satellite imaging to detecting planets in far-away solar systems.

The conference will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center. More than 75 local businesses and organizations will participate in the conference and expo, including Army Research Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Naval Research Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Northrop Grumman Corp., University of Maryland, U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as exhibiting companies TeraComm, LLC and Thorlabs Quantum Electronics (formally known as Covega).

Research to be presented includes:

  • Steven Britz of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Md., and a team of plant physiologists will discuss a method they have developed to make lettuce richer in antioxidants. The process uses minimal exposure to ultraviolet LEDs, which make the lettuce darker and redder and translates to a variety of health benefits. Diets rich in antioxidants are thought to improve brain function and slow the wear and tear of aging.
  • Researchers from Dulles, Va.-based GeoEye Systems Engineering will discuss the success of the world’s highest-resolution commercial imaging satellite that the company launched last year. The session will also preview the satellite GeoEye-2, which is expected to be launched around 2012 and would have a ground resolution twice as fine as GeoEye-1.
  • Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. will discuss how they created an “astro-comb” to help astronomers detect less massive planets, more like Earth, around distant stars. The method measures the frequency of waves coming off nearby stars using a system similar to the one used to judge the speed of automobiles, storm systems and fastballs.

Additionally, more than 70 Maryland-based researchers will present new research during the technical conference. The conference will also include a job fair, as well as a power lunch for students where they can participate in high-level discussions with industry experts offering insight on how to navigate through a challenging market.

A private press lunch panel, titled Laser Applications: Today and Tomorrow, will take place Tuesday, June 2 at 12 p.m. in Room 327 of the Baltimore Convention Center. The press luncheon will convene industry experts to highlight the most intriguing new research in the field of lasers.

For additional information or to register as press, contact Keira Shein, 410.363.9494, or Lyndsay Meyer, 202.416.1435,


With a distinguished history as one of the industry’s leading events on laser science, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and the International Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO/IQEC) is where laser technology was first introduced. CLEO/IQEC combines the strength of peer-reviewed scientific programming with an applications-focused exhibition to showcase the present and future of this technology. Sponsored by the American Physical Society’s (APS) Laser Science Division, the Institute of Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Photonics Society and the Optical Society (OSA), CLEO/IQEC provides an educational forum, complete with a dynamic Plenary, short courses, tutorials, workshops and more, on topics as diverse as its attendee base whose broad spectrum of interests range from biomedicine to defense to optical communications and beyond. For more information, visit the conference’s Web site at