Photonics West Conference Tops 1,000 Exhibitors, 2,800 Technical Presentations and 80 Courses; Content Spans Biomedical Optics, Lasers and Applications, Micro/Nanofabrication and Optoelectronics
Photonics West 2006 events span the week of January 21-26, with the free exhibition occurring from January 24-26. With over 1,000 exhibitors from around the world, Photonics West filled both the Main Hall and the new South Hall at the San Jose Convention Center, making it the largest tradeshow ever held in San Jose. Exhibitors will showcase products spanning optical design and development, components and systems incorporating lenses, lasers, coatings, sensors and detectors, fiber optics, LEDs, biomedical optics, optoelectronics, nanoscale positioning systems and a wide range of imaging technologies.
“Ways to a Brighter Future with Lasers”
The exhibition includes a free Career Fair with Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp, Bausch & Lomb Inc, Digital Optics, Electro-Optics Technology, General Atomics, JDSU, LIMO-Lissotschenko Mikrooptik GmbH, Lockheed Martin, Markem Corp, Microsoft, MIT Lincoln Lab, National Research Council, Newport Corp & Spectra Physics, Northrop Grumman Space Technology, Research Electro-Optics, tech5 USA and Tinsley Labs - all recruiting employees in the optics and photonics field.
As the first photonics industry event each year, Photonics West has become a popular venue to introduce new products, with hundreds of product announcements and 60 demonstration sessions. In addition to this commercial marketplace, Photonics West also provides a venue for 2,850 presentations from researchers and engineers from around the globe who detail the latest achievements, breakthroughs and innovations that impact science, medicine and industry. Nearly all of the presented papers are subsequently published by SPIE in event proceedings and available for download from the SPIE Digital Library (spiedl.org).
Of special interest in the industrial community, technologists from Intel, IBM, Sony, Coherent, Samsung, DuPont, Siemens, Newport, QinetiQ, Leica Microsystems, General Electric and dozens of other companies unveil their latest R&D achievements, alongside university and government researchers.
"Industry professionals from around the world come to Photonics West to see the latest optics and photonics technology, develop collaborative relationships and gain insights about the future," said Janice Walker, Director of Events at SPIE. "Photonics West continues to grow, which is evidence of the valuable knowledge and personal contacts people gain from the conferences, courses and exhibition."
Technical programs, plenary and keynote speakers, industry seminars, workshops, courses, standards meetings and networking events are organized around four symposia combined at Photonics West:
1) BiOS 2006, the biomedical optics symposium, includes:
- Photonics therapeutics and diagnostics
- Clinical technologies and systems
- Tissue optics, laser-tissue interactions and tissue engineering
- Biomedical spectroscopy, microscopy and imaging
- Nanotechnology and biophotonics
2) LASE, the symposium on lasers and applications in science and engineering, includes:
- Laser source engineering
- Nonlinear optics
- Semiconductor lasers and LEDs
- Laser communication and propagation
- Laser microengineering and nanoengineering applications
3) MOEMS/MEMS 2006, the symposium on micro/nanosystems, includes:
- Microfabrication and nanofabrication
- Micromachining technology for micro-optics and nano-optics
- Reliability, packaging, testing and characterization
- Microfluidics, bioMEMS and medical microsystems
- MEMS/MOEMS components, display, imaging and applications
4) OPTO 2006, the symposium on integrated optoelectronic devices, includes:
- Optoelectronic materials and devices
- Photonic integration
- Nanotechnologies in photonics
- Advanced optoelectronic applications
- Semiconductor lasers and LEDs
- Displays and holography
At Photonics West, leading scientists and engineers announce the latest advances in optics and photonics during technical sessions, while prominent industry executives and analysts share insights regarding market growth and business opportunity, during talks and panel sessions.
Beginning on Saturday, Jan 21, the BiOS symposium on biomedical optics, is stronger than ever with over 1,100 papers contributing more discoveries, new developments and cutting-edge technologies including multimodal biomedical imaging, endoscopic microscopy, biophotonics and immune responses, mechanisms for low-light therapy, plus ultrasensitive and single-molecule detection technologies.
Presentations of the technology roadmap for optoelectronic integration and optical interconnects will be delivered during the week by leaders in the field including Mario Paniccia, Director of Photonic Technology Lab at Intel Corporation, Bahram Jalali, Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA, Louay Eldada, the CTO and VP of Engineering of DuPont Photonics Technologies and Marc A. Taubenblatt, Senior Manager, Optical Communications and High Speed Test at IBM. Over 890 papers, and new conferences on Silicon Photonics, GaN Materials and Devices, Zinc Oxide Materials and Devices, in addition to the well established Semiconductor Laser, Organic Photonic Materials and Devices, Terahertz and Gigahertz Electronics and Photonics, Packaging, Displays and Holography content, make this OPTO program the strongest in Photonics West history.
The future of lasers based on new methods to increase brightness and performance is the focus of a plenary talk titled, "Ways to a Brighter Future with Lasers" by David Hanna, Southampton Univ., Deputy Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre (UK). This plenary kicks off the LASE (lasers and applications in science and engineering) program, which has also has the largest conference participation ever with over 475 papers in that program alone
Tunability is key to many new optical applications: a controlled change in the optical properties of lenses, mirrors or filters will result in a significant increase in functionality, versatility and new application areas for optical microsystems. On this topic covered in the MOEMS-MEMS symposia, Hans Zappe, Professor of Micro-optics at the University of Freiburg, Germany will review technologies for the fabrication of tunable micro-optics such as liquid lenses and lens arrays, polymer membrane-based micro-lenses and tunable optical filters. George M. Whitesides, a prominent professor from Harvard University, will discuss the topic of fluidic optical devices, including fabrication of new types of micro- and nanosystems relevant to optics.
The topic of nanotechnology including "bottom-up manufacturing" will be highlighted during a plenary session on engineered proteins as molecular building blocks by Marc Madou, Chancellor's Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of California, Irvine. This talk complements nearly 250 presentations on nanotechnology, nanomanipulation, nanophotonic devices, nanostructures and nanoscale materials at Photonics West, including a session with Eric Drexler, of the Foresight Institute, who will articulate a roadmap for productive nanosystems and implications in the optics and photonics community.
Exhibition Hours and Registration Information:
The exhibition is free and open to the public, located at the San Jose Convention Center, in San Jose, California. Exhibition hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on January 24 and 25, and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Thurs, January 26. The SPIEWorks Career Fair is open during exhibition hours on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 24 and 25.
Information about registering for Photonics West is available at http://spie.org/events/pw and on-site registration is available at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California.
SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering - is a not-for-profit professional society that has become the largest international force for the exchange, collection and dissemination of knowledge in optics, photonics and imaging. Founded in 1955, SPIE organizes technical conferences around the world and publishes journals, books and proceedings, with technical papers available for download via the SPIE Digital Library. See spie.org for more details.