Optics for Energy (PS)

All aspects of the use of optics in the energy field are considered by this group. The group encompasses the conversion of light energy into other forms of energy including solar conversion via photovoltaic's and photo-thermal processes. Research on organic and inorganic photovoltaic devices, as well as design of optical systems to direct light into these devices, falls within this group. Photovoltaic materials, structures, performance and economics are considered. Devices and structures with improved efficiency, and/or involving novel use of light for illumination are important aspects of this group’s work. Additional aspects of illumination covered include the modeling and design of lighting systems as well as perceptional consideration.

Name Affiliation Title
Svetlana Boriskina Massachusetts Institute of Technology Chair
Jurgen Michel Massachusetts Institute of Technology Co-Chair
Alexander Kildishev Purdue University Co-Chair
Vivian Ferry University of Minnesota Co-Chair
Greta Cukrov Kent University Secretary & Outreach Coordinator
Jonathan Tong Massachusetts Institute of Technology Social Media & Publications Coordinator

Optics & Photonics Taiwan, the International Conference

December 04 - December 06 2015
Hsinchu, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Munich Closing Event of the International Year of Light

December 11 - December 11 2015
Deutsches Museum Munich, Munich, Bavaria, Germany

International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2016

February 07 - February 11 2016
National Convention Centre, Canberra , Australia

Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exposition

March 20 - March 24 2016
The Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California, USA

SVC TechCon 2016

May 09 - May 13 2016
Indiana Convention Center, INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, USA
Check out the Breaking the Limits of Optical Energy Conversion article in OPN now!

The July/August edition of Optics & Photonics News features an article highlighting the OSA Incubator on the Fundamental Limits of Optical Energy Conversion, which was organized by the Optics for Energy Technical Group in 2014. You can also read the blog and listen to the presentations from this OSA Incubator meeting.


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