Propagation Through and Characterization of Atmospheric and Oceanic Phenomena

Propagation Through and Characterization of Atmospheric and Oceanic Phenomena

26 - 29 June 2017
Hyatt Regency San Francisco, San Francisco, California United States

pcAOP is a forum for the presentation of research in the physics of light propagation in either the atmosphere or ocean, to include distributed volume turbulence,  gravity waves, vortex shedding, stably stratified turbulence, persistent eddies, and cloud /aerosol/vapor scattering and absorption, refractive effects, such as mirages and over-the -horizon viewing, as well as characterization of these phenomena. 

In this forum, we discuss the physics of light propagating through the atmosphere and ocean to include not only distributed volume turbulence but also large scale meteorological phenomena such as gravity waves, vortex shedding, stably stratified turbulence, persistent eddies, and cloud /aerosol/vapor scattering and absorption, mirages, and over-the -horizon viewing. Since propagating through atmospheric and oceanic phenomena is a new field of research, this forum expedites collaboration and cultivates a multidisciplinary exchange of information designed to expand our understanding of the full complexity and interactions of distributed volume effects, drawing upon the most recent results from the fields of boundary layer physics, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, meteorology, adaptive optics, laser sciences and singular optics. 

  • Distributed volume turbulence:  Kolmogorov and non-Kolmogorov turbulence, Optical beam properties:  scintillation, phase variance, branch points, etc.
  • Meteorological/Oceanographic phenomena: Refractive layers, boundary layer measurements, stratified turbulence, gravity waves, vortex shedding, large scale eddies, micro-meteorology, cloud/aerosol extinction, mirages, over-the -horizon viewing,
  • Underwater propagation
  • Atmospheric modeling and simulation: Multi-phenomena atmospheric characterization and computationally efficient methods to incorporate physically realistic characterization into M&S for tasks like Numerical Weather Prediction.
  • Turbulence-induced photonic orbital angular momentum: Turbulence-induced optical vortices, transmission and decoherence of OAM states, OAM Sensors

Steven Fiorino

Air Force Institute of Technology

Denis Oesch

Guidestar Optical Systems

Stacie Williams

Air Force Office of Scientific Research

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Schedule at a glance
Sukanta Basu, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, Idealized and Realistic Large-eddy Simulations of Optical Turbulence (Cn2), Invited

Santasri Bose-Pillai, Air Force Institute of Technology, United States, Estimation of Turbulence Parameters from Time-lapse Imagery , Invited

Szymon Gladysz, Fraunhofer Institute IOSB, Germany, Nearly Complete Characterization of Optical Turbulence with an LED Array , Invited

Venkata Gudimetla, US Air Force, United States, Statistics of Branch Cut Lengths for Propagation of Coherent Fields through Turbulence , Invited

Olga Korotkova, University of Miami, United States, LIDAR Systems Operating in Non-Classic Atmospheric Turbulence: Theory and Wave-Optics Simulations , Invited


Jack McCrae, Air Force Institute of Technology, United States, Analysis of Turbulence Anisotropy with a Hartmann Sensor , Invited

Andreas Muschinski, NorthWest Research Associates, United States, Non-Kolmogorov Turbulence , Invited

Gero Nootz, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, United States, Gaussian Beam Propagation in a Controlled Underwater Optical Turbulence Environment , Invited

Joseph Shaw, Montana State University, United States, All-Sky Imaging of Atmospheric Polarization , Invited

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Congress Special Events

Congress Plenary Session
Monday, 26 June, 08:30-10:30
  • John Schwartzman, Director of Photography, USA
  • Mohan Trivedi, University of California San Diego, USA 

Congress Welcome Reception
Monday, 26 June, 18:00-19:30

Join your fellow attendees for the Congress Reception. The reception is open to committee/presenting author/student and full conference attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest.

Keynote (AIO/IS)
Tuesday, 27 June, 10:45-12:15

Speaker: Tish Shute, Futurewei (Huawei), USA, XR and The Future of Communications: From Silicon to Human Photonics
AR/AR will evolve into XR to become the future interface for Cloud Computing, IoT, Big Data, Prediction, Self-driving Cars, Personalized Medicine, Robots, Drones, Cryptocurrency, Smart Cities, and AI. XR is intelligent and interactive connecting us in new ways to each other and uniting human and machine intelligence in a space shared and understood by both. The convergence of CV and AI is powering this paradigm shift in computing but display technologies still lag behind. New display technologies that operate at the intersection of engineering and perception are essential for the realization of XR. This talk will look at the promise of XR, and the challenge of fitting the puzzle pieces together.

Student & Early Career Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, 27 June, 12:15 – 14:00

Join us for an interactive lunch and learn program focused on professional development within the Imaging and Applied Optics field. This program will engage students and early career professionals with the key leaders in the field who will share their professional development journey and provide useful tips to those who attend. Lunch will be provided. Programs are open to OSA Members. There is limited space and we ask that you RSVP to attend.

AIO Panel : The View from the Ladder:  Perceptions on the Future of Photonics
Tuesday, 27 June, 16:45 – 17:45 
Perceptions are often governed by the experience of the individual. Here panelists at various stages in their career and seniority will discuss the current and future outlook of the photonics industry as well as the role of collaboration and consolidation in the market.  From fresh perspectives to seasoned analyses, this session will also explore what the optics community can do to shape the future of photonics technology. 
Gregory Quarles, The Optical Society, USA
Martin Garbos, Buerkert Werke GmbH, Germany
Mark Itzler, Princenton Lightwave, USA
Anna Rissanen, VTT Technical Research Center, Finland

Joint Poster Session
Tuesday, 27 June, 17:45-19:15

Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-to-one with interested parties. Each author is provided with a board on which to display the summary and results of his or her paper. 

AIO Panel: Start-ups, Incubators, Accelerators, Oh My!
Wednesday, 28 June, 16:45 – 17:45
What if an entrepreneur could put themselves in the shoes of the investors they pitch to? Would the ideas be pitched differently? Would the ask be different? What are the specific challenges of a photonics entrepreneur, and what are ways to address those challenges?

Laura Smoliar, Berkeley Catalyst Fund, USA
John Brewer, Amorphyx, USA

IS Panel: When Two Cameras Are Better Than One
Thursday, 29 June, 11:15- 12:15

Using multiple cameras to form a single image is going mainstream this year, with many new smartphones including this feature. The claims include continuous zoom, improved dynamic range and resolution, and depth sensing, all in a smaller and lighter system than an equivalent single lens camera. In this session a panel of academic and industry experts will discuss the multi-camera trend in the consumer imaging industry. Now that the approach has become practical, it is a good time to explore the key technologies, design trade-offs and performance limits.
Moderator:  Chris Dainty, FotoNation, UCL, Ireland
Ram Nararyanswamy, Occipital, USA
Rajiv Laroia, Light
Andrew Harvey, Univ. of Glasgow, UK
Alex Drimbarean, FotoNation, Ireland

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