Optical Society To Host Optics And Photonics Congress At Karlsruhe Meetings




Events will highlight technical breakthroughs in optics and photonics, including research impacting alternative energy and the environment


WHAT: The Optical Society’s (OSA) Advanced Photonics Congress and Renewable Energy Congress
WHEN: 21-24 June 2010
WHERE: Karlsruhe-Messe und Kongress (Conference Center), Karlsruhe, Germany


The Optical Society (OSA) will host two optics and photonics meetings in Karlsruhe, Germany: The Advanced Photonics Congress and the Renewable Energy Congress, 21-24 June, at the Karlsruhe-Messe und Kongress.  Both events will include a focus on technical breakthroughs in optics and photonics, including research affecting the areas of alternative energy and the environment.

The Advanced Photonics Congress includes five collocated topical meetings:

  • Access Networks and In-house Communication (ANIC)
  • Bragg Gratings, Photosensitivity and Poling in Glass Waveguides (BGPP)
  • Nonlinear Photonics (NP)
  • Optical Sensors (Sensors)
  • Signal Processing in Photonic Communications (SPPCom)

The Renewable Energy Congress includes two collocated topical meetings:

  • Optical Nanostructures for Photovoltaics (PV)
  • Solid-State and Organic Lighting (SOLED)


Highlights of both Congresses include the LaserFest Symposium, Plenary Sessions and Optics Visualized contest:

Nobel Laureate Talks Celebrating LaserFest and 50 Years of Lasers

Thursday, 24 June 2010
17.00 – 19.00
Brahms Conference Room, Karlsruhe Convention Center

  • Adventures in Laser Spectroscopy
    Theodor W. Hänsch, Max Planck Inst. for Quantum Optics, Germany
    2005 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics
  • The Laser - How New Things Happen
    Charles H. Townes, Univ. of California at Berkley, USA
    1964 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics

Plenary Sessions

Monday, 21 June 2010
8.00 - 10.00
Brahms Conference Room, Karlsruhe Convention Center

  • 3-D Photonic Metamaterials Made by Direct Laser Writing
    Martin Wegener; Univ. of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Title to be Determined
    Yaro Silberberg; Weizmann Inst. of Science, Israel

Monday, 21 June 2010
16.30 - 19.00

  • Laser Based Sensors for In-Situ and Standoff Detection of Explosives, Chemical Warfare Agents and Toxic Industrial Chemicals
    C. Kumar N. Patel; Pranalytica, Inc., USA
  • SSL Innovation and Driver for Growth in the Lighting Market
    Bernhard Stapp; OSRAM, Germany
  • The Influence of the 4n^2 Light Trapping Factor on Ultimate Solar CellEfficiency
    Eli Yablonovitch; Univ. of California at Berkley, USA

Tuesday, 22 June 2010
8.00 - 10.00

  • Next-Generation Optical Access Networks: Goals, Challenges and Research Opportunities
    Leonid Kazovsky; Stanford Univ., USA
  • Digital Coherent Optical Communications Beyond 100 Gb/s
    Kim Roberts; Nortel Networks, Canada

Optics Visualized Contest

Hosted by the Karlsruhe Student Chapter of the OSA

Whereas on the one hand optics is evidently everything that is perceptible with the naked eye, there is much more to optics than what the eye can see. This contest is about making optics visible. The contest features and awards works that shed light on an aspect of this technologically and economically very important branch of science in an appealing and accessible way.  Award presentations will be held Thursday, 24 June 2010 at the Congress.

CONTACT: Reporters wishing to attend these events should contact Lyndsay Meyer, lmeyer@osa.org or 202.416.1435, for press credentials.

About OSA
Uniting more than 106,000 professionals from 134 countries, the Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit www.osa.org.



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