Fourier Transform Spectroscopy (FTS)

Fourier Transform Spectroscopy (FTS)

14 - 17 November 2016
Kongresshalle am Zoo Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

The Fourier Transform Spectroscopy (FTS) Meeting focuses on the latest advances in instrumentation and applications of FTS to astronomy and astrophysics, atmospheric science and remote sensing, laboratory spectroscopy, analytical chemistry, bio-medicine, and a variety of industrial applications.

Today, Fourier transform spectrometers onboard satellites looking downwards provide new insights on the Earth's atmosphere, climate, and a host of other meteorological and remote sensing applications. Instruments looking out provide a wealth of data targeting galaxies, stars, planets, and many smaller objects within the universe. Ground-based FT interferometers explore a variety of astrophysical and terrestrial fields including the global geographic distribution of CO2 sources and sinks. Chip-scale interferometers fabricated using state-of-the-art nanotechnology open up new opportunities for space and industrial applications. Laser frequency combs dramatically improve the resolution and recording speed of Fourier spectrometers. New spectral regions (e.g., VUV or THz) are under exploration with synchrotron radiation. Ultrashort laser pulses expand the territory of FTS to nonlinear and multidimensional spectroscopy. This international conference will provide a unique opportunity to discuss many of these exciting developments in a strongly interdisciplinary environment.

  • Novel interferometer design: imaging FT spectrometers, spatial-spectral interferometry, stationary interferometers, spectrometers on a chip, stationary-wave integrated FT spectrometers.
  • Instrument design, scientific objectives, and measurement results for space missions utilizing Fourier transform spectrometers.
  • Laser frequency combs for Fourier transform spectroscopy: development of frequency comb sources and instruments, dual-comb spectroscopy, frequency-comb based spectroscopy with Michelson interferometers or pulse shapers. Applications to laboratory spectroscopy and to sensing.
  • Laboratory spectroscopy: advanced light sources and measurement techniques for Fourier transform spectrometers. FTS at synchrotron facilities, nano-spectroscopy, nonlinear and multidimensional FT spectroscopy with ultrashort pulse lasers.
  • FTS applications:  industrial process monitoring, spectroscopy, Earth and planetary science, atmospheric remote sensing, trace gas detection, FTS at astronomical facilities.
  • FTS algorithm developments: spectral and radiometric calibration, instrument line shape modeling and correction, nonlinearity effects.
  • All other topics related to instrument developments and characterizations, data processing, and applications of Fourier transform spectroscopy.

Plenary and Keynote Speakers

Quantum-cascade Laser Frequency Combs and Their Application to Dual-comb Spectroscopy; Jérôme Faist, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, Keynote

The Invention of High Efficient Blue LEDs and Future Lighting; Shuji Nakamura, Univ. of California Santa Barbara, USA, Plenary


Shuji Nakamura, Univ. of California Santa Barbara, USA
The Invention of High Efficient Blue LEDs and Future Lighting

Nathalie Picque

Max-Planck-Institut fur Quantenoptik
Program Chair

Locke Spencer

University of Lethbridge
Program Chair

Joe Taylor

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Program Chair

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Roel G. Baets, Ghent University, INTEC, Belgium, Broadband Stationary Fourier Transform Spectrometer Integrated on a Silicon Nitride Photonics Platform , Invited

Esther Baumann, National Inst of Standards & Technology, United States, Dual Comb Outdoor Spectroscopy for Complex Molecular Response Retrieval , Invited

Hans Bechtel, Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley, United States, Committing SINS: Ultra-broadband Synchrotron Infrared Nano-spectroscopy and Imaging, Invited

Adam Bourassa, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, The Spatial Heterodyne Observations of Water (SHOW) Instrument for High Resolution Profiling in the Upper Troposphere and Lower Stratosphere , Invited

Felix Friedl-Vallon, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie, Germany, Five Years of GLORIA Flights: Results and Lessons Learnt , Invited

Stefano Gigli, EUMETSAT, Germany, IRS, the European Hyperspectral Infrared Sounder Mission from the Geostationary Orbit, Invited

Frederic Grandmont, ABB, Canada, The SITELLE Optical Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, Invited

John Harlander, St Cloud State University, United States, The As-Built Performance of the MIGHTI Interferometers, Invited

Willem Jellema, NOVA Optical & Infrared Instrumentation , Netherlands, Post-dispersed FTS spectroscopy on SPICA-Safari, Invited

Piotr Maslowski, Instytut Fizyki UMK, Poland, Fourier Transform Optical Frequency Comb Spectroscopy with Resolution Beyond the Optical-path-difference Limit , Invited

Dario Polli, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, Broadband Fourier-Transform Pump-Probe Spectroscopy and Stimulated Raman Scattering Microscopy at Megahertz Modulation Frequencies, Invited

Pascale Roy, Synchrotron SOLEIL, France, Pushing the limits toward High resolution and Time Resolved THz measurements using Coherent Synchrotron Radiation, Invited

Sheng-Cai Shi, Purple Mountain Observatory, Dome-A THz/Far-infrared Fourier Transform Spectrometer and Its Results, Invited

Carole Tucker, Cardiff University, Metamaterial and Quasi-Optic Devices for THz Spectroscopy and their Applications, Invited

Takeshi Yasui, Tokushima University, Japan, Dual-comb Spectroscopy in the THz Region, Invited

Jérôme Faist, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, Quantum-cascade Laser Frequency Combs and Their Application to Dual-comb Spectroscopy , Keynote

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Congress Special Events

Congress Welcome Reception
Monday, 14 November, 18:30 - 20:30
Mekong Event Space - Leipzig Zoo

Attend the 2016 Light, Energy and the Environment Congress Welcome Reception in the unique Mekong event space of the famous Gondwanaland. Meet with colleagues from around the world and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres. This event is complimentary for technical attendees - non-technical attendees and guest tickets are available for $55 USD each.

The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics (CSP)

Tuesday, 15 November 2016
13:30 – 16:30
Ticket Fee: $15 USD per person
70 person maximum capacity.

Registration will be available onsite at the congress on a first come first serve basis.

Round-trip transportation will be provided from the Kongresshalle am Zoo. Bus will depart at 13:30 and return by 16:30.

The Fraunhofer CSP conducts applied research into silicon crystallization, wafer production, solar cell characterization and module technology, developing in the process new technologies, production processes and product concepts along the entire photovoltaic value chain.

The Center’s work is focused on the assessment of the reliability of solar cells and modules under laboratory and operating conditions as well as electrical, optical, mechanical and microstructural material and component characterization. Focusing its activities in this way enables the Center to develop measurement methods, devices and production process for components and materials which are based on an understanding of failure mechanisms and offer increased levels of reliability.

Its portfolio of research activities in the field of photovoltaics is complemented by research into renewable hydrogen production and the storage and utilization of this gas, in particular the development, characterization and testing of new materials for fuel cells and electrolyzers, as well as the simulations and economic feasibility studies of decentralized photovoltaic electrolysis systems.

The Fraunhofer CSP is a joint initiative of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE.

Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS)
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
13:30 – 16:30
Ticket Fee: $10 USD per person
40 person maximum capacity.

Registration will be available onsite at the congress on a first come first serve basis.

Round-trip transportation will be provided from the Kongresshalle am Zoo. Bus will depart at 13:30 and return by 16:15.

The Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS) is member of the Leibniz Association, which connects 88 independent research institutions of Germany. The task of TROPOS is the research on tropospheric aerosols and clouds. More details can be found at: /.

Tropospheric aerosols and clouds play a central role in the coupled system men-environment-climate. The corresponding processes are highly complex and a successful research requires strong cooperation between different scientific fields.

TROPOS is an internationally leading institution aiming at application oriented basic research on aerosols and clouds and their interactions. TROPOS monitors, understands and models the physical and chemical processes of tropospheric aerosols and clouds from the molecular and micro-scale to long-range transports into polluted regions of various strengths. TROPOS is the contact for politics, society and science in the impact-fields health and climate.

TROPOS consists of 4 research departments: Experimental Aerosol and Cloud Microphysics, Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Processes, Modeling of Atmospheric Processes, and Atmospheric Chemistry ( Often optical methods and techniques are applied within the experiments.

After a short introduction to TROPOS, the offered tour through TROPOS will stop at four stations (groups):

1. ground-based remote sensing activities: aerosol lidars (Dietrich Althausen)

2. in-situ measurements of aerosol properties: calibration lab for measurements of optical particle properties (Alfred Wiedensohler)

3. cloud-chamber: experimental setup to investigate cloud microphysical processes including the use of optical techniques for detection (Frank Stratmann)

4. the LEAK chamber (Leipziger Aerosolkammer): photo-chemical investigations of atmospheric processes including secondary organic aerosol formation using optical excitations (Olaf Böge)

Industry Panel
Tuesday, 15 November, 17:30 - 19:00
Kongresshalle am Zoo

Renewable energy systems are finally on a global economic rise, exceeding combined new build fossil generation for the first in 2015. Still there is a long way to go, as renewable energies (including hydro) contribute less than a quarter of the worldwide overall energy capacity. In this panel discussion, we will hear different perspectives from politics, research and industry on the status and future of renewable energies and approaches to accelerate market penetration. 

Munib Amin, RWE International SE, Germany
Michael Bauer, Calyxo GmbH, Germany
Hans-Josef Fell, Energy Watch Group, Germany
Bongyoung Yoo, Hanyang University, South Korea

Facilitated by Kenneth Baldwin, ANU Energy Change Institute, Australia

Congress Banquet (Additional Ticket Required)
Tuesday, 15 November, 19:00 - 21:30
Altes Landratsamt

Join your colleagues for a special evening banquet at the Altes Landratsamt, only a few steps away from all conference hotels. After a welcome beverage and a brief welcome, enjoy a lavish dinner buffet in a historical setting. Additional tickets at $65 are required for this event. Purchase your ticket within registration.

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