Optics and Photonics for Energy & the Environment (E2)

Optics and Photonics for Energy & the Environment (E2)

06 - 09 November 2017
National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado United States

E2 focuses on monitoring and controlling the generation of energy and its impact on the environment. The conference will showcase optical techniques and instrumentation used in monitoring, sensing, and transmitting information relating to energy and the environment. It will bring together people from industry, university, and government to address environmental impacts of energy production and policies to guide its management. Special emphasis will be on sensor devices for energy, environment, and pollution monitoring, energy usage and transmission (including smart grid technology), and energy efficiency in industry.

Michael E. Webber, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Kelly Chance, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA
Kwang-Leong Choy, University College London, UK
Clifford Ho, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
Jeff Tsao, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
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Arthur Dogariu

Princeton University

Vanda Grubišić

National Center for Atmospheric Research

Jianguo Liu

Anhui Inst Optics & Fine Mech, CAS

Nathalie Picque

Max-Planck-Institut fur Quantenoptik

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Hotel Reservation 4 October 2017 23:59 EDT
Hotel Reservation 4 October 2017
Advanced Registration 9 October 2017 23:59 EDT
Advanced Registration 9 October 2017
Postdeadline Abstract and Summary Submission 16 October 2017 12:00 EDT
Postdeadline Abstract and Summary Submission 16 October 2017
Schedule at a glance

Kelly Chance, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr for Astrophysics, United States - Keynote

  Kenneth Baldwin, The Australian National University, Australia, Ghost Imaging with Atoms and Photons for Remote Sensing, Invited

Ronald Glumb, ITT Exelis Geospatial Systems, United States, Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS) Small Satellites for Global Measurements of 3D Winds and Other Applications, Invited

Frans J. Harren, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Netherlands, Photonics-based gas sensing for agricultural and medical applications, Invited

Andreas Hugi, Eidgenossische Tech Hochschule Zurich, Single-shot microsecond mid-infrared spectroscopy with quantum cascade laser frequency combs, Invited

Wenxue Li, East China Normal University, China, Invited

Davide Mazzotti, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Italy, SCAR spectroscopy for radiocarbon measurements, Invited

Mark Phillips, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, United States, Characterization of Uranium Isotopes Using Laser Ablation and Tunable Laser Spectroscopy, Invited

Gregory Rieker, University of Colorado Boulder, United States, Works on frequency comb spectroscopy for high-precision diagnostics in energy and environmental applications, Invited

Vincenzo Spagnolo, Technical University of Bari, Italy, Recent advances in quartz enhanced photoacoustic sensing, Invited

Soile Suomalainen, Tampere University of Technology, Development of GaSb superluminescent LEDs for programmable light source for gas sensing , Invited

E Wu, East China Normal University, China, Plasmonic enhanced nanoparticle emission at single-photon level , Invited

Pinhua Xie, Anhui Inst of Optics Fine Mechanics, China, Observations of atmospheric reactive nitrogen oxides based on high-finesse optical cavity techniques , Invited

Azer Yalin, Colorado State University, Measurement of Agricultural Emissions Using Laser Sensors on Unmanned Aerial Systems , Invited

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Congress Special Events

Welcome Reception at Mesa Labs

Sunday, 5 November, 16:00-19:00
Join your fellow attendees at Mesa Labs for the welcome reception. During the reception you can pick up your registration materials and name badge at Mesa Lab. The reception is open to all congress attendees. Transportation will be provided from the Millennium Hotel.

Congress Plenary Session

Monday, 6 November, 08:30-10:00
The Congress will start on Monday with the Plenary Speaker, Michael E. Webber.

IPAC Session on Global Environmental Monitoring and Measurement

Tuesday, 7 November, 08:30-10:00
IPAC (The International Photonics Advocacy Coalition) will host this session to bring together domain experts and government officials to discuss photonics-based technology solutions for accurate and reliable environmental monitoring, reporting and effective policy implementation.
Welcome and Overview of IPAC
Tom Baer, Stanford University, USA /IPAC Steering Committee Chair
State of Climate Science
James G. Anderson, Harvard Univ, USA


Kevin Trenberth, NCAR Boulder, USA
Nathan Newbury, NIST Boulder, USA
Scott Spuler,  LIDAR Group - NCAR Boulder, USA
Kelly Chance, Harvard Smithsonian, USA

IPAC is a global initiative that brings together experts from industry, academia and government to educate policymakers and influencers about photonics technologies; collaborate and coordinate among industry, government and academia to advance knowledge of photonics technologies; and to advocate for funding for optics and photonics initiatives.

Tours to Local Labs

Tuesday, 7 November, 12:00-16:00
*All tours are an additional registration item, only 1 tour per person.  There is a $30 fee for each tour which includes a box lunch.

NCAR - The tour will be at the NCAR's Research Aviation Facility in Broomfield, CO.

NOAA/NIST - The tour will visit several laboratories in NOAA and NIST at the Department of Commerce site in Boulder.

NREL - This tour features NREL¹s South Table Mountain research campus and will include stops at the Science & Technology Facility and Solar Energy Research Support Facility.

Keynote Session I

Tuesday, 7 November, 16:00-17:30

Clifford Ho, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
Overview of Central Receiver Systems for Concentrating Solar Power: Optical Advancements and Needs

Kelly V. Chance, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA
North American pollution measurements from geostationary orbit with Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO).

Optical Startups - From Idea to Business

Tuesday, 7 November, 17:30-19:00
The optical community will hear from technology entrepreneurs on what it takes to develop and run a business.  How to successfully take laboratory innovation, which often relies on highly skilled and very devoted personnel, and expand them into a business.  How to avoid pitfalls of an indifferent bureaucracy that takes over the technology with lesser skilled and less devoted personnel.  

Chris Myatt, MBio Diagnostics Inc., USA
Andy Goldstein, Univ. of Colorado Boulder Technology Transfer Office, USA

Conference Banquet

Tuesday, 7 November, 19:00-22:00
Come join your fellow colleagues at the Congress Banquet.  Enjoy dinner, drinks and networking.  There is a nomimal extra cost of $10.00 for attendees and $50.00 for your guest. 

Keynote Session II

Wednesday, 8 November, 08:30-10:00
Kwang-Leong Choy, University College London, UK
Freeform Optics from Design to Manufacture and its Envisioned Impact on Technology to Enable the Science of Tomorrow

Jeff Tsao, Sandia National LaboratoriesUSA
The New World of Lighting: SSL and Beyond

Poster Session

Wednesday, 8 November, 17:30-18:30
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. The posters will be displayed in the main foyer throughout the week, but this will be your chance to discuss with the presenting author their results.

OSA - The Optical Society

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