CLEO 2018 Concludes with Breakthroughs in Research and Applied Innovations

CLEO 2018 Concludes with Breakthroughs in Research and Applied Innovations
Plenary Presentations Detail the Latest developments in Quantum Optics, Optoacoustic Imaging, the Search for Exoplanets and Life Among the Stars

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA — The Optical Society (OSA) announced today that CLEO 2018 (CLEO) has concluded with nearly 4,400 attendees, a growing exhibit with over 200 companies and 2,231 research and technical presentations. With comprehensive, peer-reviewed technical sessions and market-focused programming, CLEO is the world’s premier international forum to learn about innovative advances, research and new technologies from the laser science industry. From quantum computing to advanced imaging technologies used to the search for new life and planets in the galaxy, CLEO 2018 brought together all aspects of electro-optic technologies.

Comprehensive High-Quality Programming
“CLEO’s world-renowned technical program is a showcase for leading research and applications in a number of fields, from biophotonics to advanced manufacturing, telecommunications, and autonomous vehicles industry, just to name a few. Industry leading speakers from around the world discuss new scientific ideas and research while the exhibiting companies display the latest innovations in photonics technology,” said Nicusor Iftimia, Physical Sciences Inc., USA, general co-chair of CLEO.
Keynote Programming

John C. Mather, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
International Day of Light Presentation: Exploring the Universe at the Speed of Light
As part of a special International Day of Light celebration, Nobel Laureate John Mather delivered a presentation on future discoveries that may be seen through NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and discussed the expanding views of the universe, and outline the technology that will lead us to deeper understanding.
Nader Engheta, University of Pennsylvania, USA  
Materials are often used to control and manipulate photons. Metamaterials and metasurfaces are two representative classes of judiciously designed structures that provide unprecedented platforms for sculpting waves and fields. Engheta discussed the exciting features and potential applications of light-matter interaction in metastructures.

H. Jeff Kimble, California Institute of Technology, USA
Quantum Optics. What’s Next?
Quantum Optics is a multidisciplinary field has potential applications in computation, communication and metrology. Kimble covered what the future of Quantum Optics may hold in the next ten years and how it will continue to expand to new areas of fundamental science.

Vasilis Ntziachristos, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Listening to Light: Advances in Optoacoustic Imaging
While optical imaging is the most versatile and widely used visualization modality in the life sciences, it has been significantly limited by photon scattering. Ntziachristos’ talk illuminated the progress of optoacoustic macroscopy and mesoscopy and its potential clinical impact, which may one day offer unprecedented optical imaging performance in assessing disease pathophysiology.
Sara Seager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Mapping the Nearest Stars for Habitable Worlds
Today, astronomers are poised to answer the question of if there are signs of life on exoplanets. Seager’s presentation focused on the latest advances in this revolutionary field and work to how we are working to answer the question, "Are we alone?"
Industry Leading Companies in Lasers and Electro-Optics
More than 200 companies exhibited at CLEO 2018, taking advantage of the annual industry-leading gathering to introduce new products and demonstrate cutting-edge innovations. Companies such as Amplitude, Calmar Laser, Class 5 Photonics, Coherent, Edmund Optics, Liquid Instruments, MKS, Menlo Systems, Thorlabs and Toptica Photonics and many others. The CLEO exhibit hall featured presentations on the state of the optics and photonics industry, precision manufacturing using ultrafast lasers and special topical symposia on: Advances in Integrated Microwave Photonics, Future Directions in Terahertz Nanoscopy, Integrated Sources of Non-Classical Light and more.

About CLEO
With a distinguished history as the industry's leading event on laser science, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) is the premier international forum for scientific and technical optics, uniting the fields of lasers and opto-electronics by bringing together all aspects of laser technology, from basic research to industry applications. For more information, visit the event website at Save the date for CLEO 2019, 5 - 10 May at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California, USA.

About The Optical Society
Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit

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