IEEE Photonics Society annual meeting will look at critical emerging technologies

Seattle, WA--The theme will be breakthrough technologies during the annual IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC-2013), to be held at the Hyatt Regency Bellvue near Seattle, from September 8-12. Some 600 scientists, engineers, and technical managers are expected for the invited talks, paper presentations, panel sessions, special symposia, networking opportunities, and a product showcase.

The conference, formerly known as the IEEE LEOS Annual Meeting, will have four plenary sessions featuring invited talks:
- Bio-Inspired Cameras: John Rogers at the University of Illinois will describe work on cameras that adopt curvilinear layouts inspired by eyes found in mammals and insects. The talk will explain the underlying materials science, and mechanics of these approaches, illustrate the imaging characteristics through modeling and experimental studies, and demonstrate the ideas with working cameras in geometries that mimic eyes in humans and flies.

- Silicon Photonics for Lab-on-Chip and Point-of-Care Uses: Roel Baets from Ghent University and IMEC will discuss the status of silicon photonics, and describe several recent exploratory research examples where devices for biomedical applications were built on a generic silicon photonics technology platform. These devices include biosensors, gas sensors for breath analysis, laser Doppler vibrometry for blood pulse velocity measurement, optical coherence tomography, continuous glucose monitoring, on-chip Raman spectroscopy and others. The talk also will describe the potential of nonlinear optics in silicon to implement special functions that may aid biological sensing.

- Microwave Quantum Optics in Superconducting Circuits: Yasunobu Nakamura of the University of Tokyo will discuss progress in microwave quantum optics in superconducting circuits. He will detail developments relating to superconducting quantum bits, and to the concept of circuit quantum electrodynamics, and will show how they have led to a quantum-optics toolbox in the microwave domain that now contains many useful components.

- Coherent optical transceivers: Kim Roberts of Ciena will describe a solution to the problem of how to economically optimize high-capacity fiber optic communications in diverse applications. He will discuss how digital coherent signal processing for both the transmit and receive functions can enable one set of hardware to optimize the distance-versus-efficiency tradeoff in various applications.

The general technical sessions will be highlighted by topics such as freeze-frame images of atomic vibrations, a solid state laser cooler reaches 115° Kelvin (-252° F/-158° C), a InP-Based photonic integrated circuit for 112 Gb/s Signals, and electrically pumped VCSELs on silicon. And, in addition to tutorial talks, there will be two panel discussions: Silicon Photonics and Photonics in the Pacific Northwest, plus three Special Symposia on Optical Data Storage, Optogenetics, and The Internet of Things

A limited number of papers reporting the latest breakthroughs may be submitted as post-deadline papers. They must be submitted to the Speaker Check-In Desk onsite by 9 a.m. on September 9 (See

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