CLEO show floor to offer ‘Market Focus’

At OSA’s CLEO/QELS 2010, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference, the exhibit show floor will be the venue for ‘Market Focus’--a series of topical sessions that will explore business and commercial applications topics in the areas of energy, biophotonics, and security.

At OSA’s CLEO/QELS 2010, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference (www.cleoconference.org), the exhibit show floor will be the venue for ‘Market Focus’--a series of topical sessions that will explore business and commercial applications topics in the areas of energy, biophotonics, and security. Now in its second year (held behind a difficult-to-find curtained area last year and part of the difficult-to-announce PhAST conference), Market Focus 2010 is now officially part of the ‘CLEO Applications’ conference and will take place (free of charge) right in the exhibit hall on each of the exhibit days emphasizing a different applications area.

The CLEO/QELS conference is scheduled for May 16–21, 2010 in San Jose, CA. Because many CLEO/QELS attendees (especially exhibitors who can never leave the show floor) often miss the technical program, the show-floor venue for Market Focus is meant to attract exhibitor visitors and exhibitors alike during regular exhibit hours, so they can step away from their booths and perhaps see how their products are being applied in real-world applications.

“High Energy Lasers for Industrial Uses” will be moderated by Vern Schlie from Integral Laser Solutions. In this session, presentations on fiber, thin disk, and bulk SSL plus closed cycle RF waveguide lasers will be presented. Following the presentations, a round-table “question and answer” workshop will be conducted whereby the audience can question the six presenters on matter dealing with present & expanded future uses of HEL industrial uses for the next decade, 2010–2020, throughout the world.

“Photonics for Defense and Security” will discuss threat detection. Moderated by Eric Takeuchi from Daylight Solutions, presenters will explore how photonics technologies are starting to play an increasing role in detecting and defeating a multitude of current and emerging threats. Stand-off detection of explosives and chemical agents, infrared imaging surveillance and aircraft protection are only a few of the applications in which photonics plays an enabling role. This session reviews a diverse cross section of these topics and provides perspectives on the future growth of photonics technologies in these applications.

In a future issue of OER, the remaining two sessions on Biophotonics (moderated by Keshav Kumar from Newport Corporation) and Photonics for Energy (moderated by Finlay Colville from Coherent) will be described in more detail. You can also go to www.cleoconference.org/CLEOApplications/marketfocus.aspx.

--Gail Overton


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