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Solutions and Approaches to Break Opto-electronic Device Limitations

Starting from the first talk on general opto-electronic device limit and integration for silicon-based devices, presented by Thomas Koch here at the Nanophotonic Devices Incubator, the potential solutions for both the length minimization and power minimization were addressed. For example, Si photonics with high-index contrast and precision fabrication allow energy per bit to be further reduced...

Added: 15 May 2015

Emerging Applied Imaging Technologies at AIO

The sessions at this year's AIO meeting feature emerging technologies.New this year, AIO is hosting Joint Sessions with two topical meetings: Adaptive Optics (AO) and Application of Lasers for Sensing and Free Space Communication (LS&C).At the time of writing, two invited speakers are confirmed for the AIO-AO Joint Session. Jaeyoun Kim (Iowa State University) will present on "The...

Added: 14 May 2015

A Conversation with Dr. Michele Ostraat, AIO 2015 Keynote

 Dr. Michele Ostraat is the Downstream Research Center Leader for Aramco Research Center-Boston and the Applied Industrial Optics 2015 Keynote Speaker. She will present on "Optical Materials and Systems for Nondestructive Testing in the Oil and Gas Industry." Dr Ostraat, thank you for participating in this interview. To start, can you give me a brief history of your...

Added: 04 May 2015

The lowdown on emerging technologies at Applied Industrial Optics 2015

Applied Industrial Optics (AIO) 2015 is set to take place June 7-11, 2015 in Arlington, VA. I’m excited to be back blogging my experience as an AIO attendee and also, for the first time, as a Program Chair.

Added: 02 Apr 2015

The Hierarchy of Network Connections

I’ve often seen at conferences how well known scientists and people who deliver keynote addresses, plenary, and invited talks are surrounded by eager interlocutors. The people who are perceived as powerful (directors of research centres, heads ofdepartments, presidents of organisations and such like) have a powerful pull on the throng of attendees.These important figures are in great...

Added: 22 Mar 2015

Summary and outlook for Light, Energy and the Environment Congress

As a researcher working in the photonics field, I found this Congress was extremely useful. I attended many solar energy related conferences before and I had been always struggling to understand the technique jargons in solar cell research. And I wouldn’t bother to record so many details on thin-film deposition, which are highly equipment dependent. This time I am very glad to find that...

Added: 15 Dec 2014

Day Four: Nobel Laureate addressed Solar Energy in a Sustainable World

In the first plenary session of the Congress today, the Nobel Laureate, Professor Steven Chu presented a talk on “Solar Energy in a Sustainable World”. He reminded the audience that almost all energy formats including fossil fuel, wind, fission, geothermal energy are ultimately derived from the sun. He also raised the very important but often neglected point that from system point...

Added: 15 Dec 2014

Day Three: Panel Discussion-the Future of Energy with Light

Day three of the Congress started with a very fascinating talk given by Toshihiko Iwasaki, Konica Minolta, Japan. He reviewed comprehensively the status of OLED lighting activities at KONICA MINOLTA as well as the advancements in OLED materials and systems. He also presented the latest development on all-phosphorescent white OLED device, progress on solution-processed OLED technologies and the...

Added: 15 Dec 2014

Highlights for Day Two: Light, Energy and Environment Congress

On the second day of the Congress, a number of talks attracted my attention. I would like to share some of them.

Added: 03 Dec 2014

Things you can’t miss on Day Two

On the second day of the Congress, there are a few interesting talks that I will recommend. The first series of invited talks are about advances in highly efficient organic light emitting devices (OLED) that will be in the morning session. Using different nanostructure designs the lightening efficiency can be improved significantly. The second series of invited talks are about the surface...

Added: 03 Dec 2014