SPIE says Photonics West will grow--again--in 2012

Oct. 5, 2011
Bellingham, WA--SPIE says that 2012 is no exception to the tremendous growth that has been experienced for SPIE Photonics West.

Bellingham, WA--Since outgrowing the San Jose convention center and moving to San Francisco, SPIE Photonics West (http://spie.org/photonics-west.xml) continues to grow, both in terms of number of attendees as well as technical content and exhibition size. SPIE says that Photonics West is already the world's largest international conference and exhibition on industrial and medical applications of optics, lasers, and photonics, and will be larger than ever in 2012, with more papers and expanded exhibition space. The conference will be held from 21-26 January at the Moscone Center.

More than 19,000 attendees are expected for technical sessions, industry panels, two exhibitions, and other events covering advances in medical therapeutics and diagnostics, semiconductor, gas, fiber, and diode lasers, micro/nanofabrication, MEMS, optoelectronic materials and devices, displays, communications, and related topics.

The Photonics West exhibition, with more than 1150 exhibiting companies, includes new product announcements, international pavilions from several countries, booths from photonics clusters from four U.S. states, product demonstrations, and the SPIE Job Fair. And more than 195 exhibiting companies are expected for the BiOS Expo on the opening weekend.

Paper submissions are up approximately 6% over 2011, with a total of 4,220 papers scheduled in the event's four symposia: Biomedical Optics (BiOS), with 1795 papers; Lasers (LASE), with 710 papers; MOEM/MEMS, with 220 papers; and Optoelectronics (OPTO), with 1495 papers. Accepted papers will be published in the SPIE Digital Library as soon as approved after the meeting, and in print volumes and digital collections.


Saturday night begins with the popular BiOS Hot Topics session facilitated by Sergio Fantini (Tufts Univ.), and BiOS program tracks are on photonic therapeutics and diagnostics; clinical technologies and systems; tissue optics, laser-tissue interaction, and tissue engineering; biomedical spectroscopy, microscopy, and imaging; and nano/biophotonics.


LASE topics cover basic laser device and materials research, semiconductor lasers and LEDs, device and system engineering for emerging nanotechnologies, microelectronic and photonic manufacturing, and free-space communications. Highlights will include laser conferences on fiber, solid state, disk, and ultrafast lasers plus the world's largest concentration of semiconductor laser/LED content at one event.


The MOEMS/MEMS symposium presents the latest research in micro- and nanofabricated electromechanical and optical components for mass-produced miniaturized products and systems, which range from automated body monitors to car safety devices to laptop computer parts. Conference topics will include micro- and nano-optics, microfabrication, microfluidics, BioMEMS, medical microsystems, displays and imaging, and adaptive optics.


OPTO will address topics including optical interactions, optoelectronic materials, semiconductor lasers and LEDs, solid-state lighting, photonic integration, displays and holography, nanotechnology in photonics, photonics packaging, and optical communications, and their integration for a variety of commercial applications.


And finally, a Green Photonics virtual symposium will highlight papers from all areas of Photonics West in technologies applied in energy sources, energy efficiencies, sustainability, conservation, and other green components. Track topics include solid-state lighting and displays; laser-assisted manufacturing and micro/nano fabrication; communications; and renewable energy generation through photovoltaics.

The technical program includes more than 60 technical short courses and professional development workshops and several panel discussions. Workshops on industry concerns are among activities focused on the business side of photonics.

SOURCE: SPIE; http://spie.org/x57476.xml

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Gail Overton | Senior Editor (2004-2020)

Gail has more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, product management, and editorial experience in the photonics and optical communications industry. Before joining the staff at Laser Focus World in 2004, she held many product management and product marketing roles in the fiber-optics industry, most notably at Hughes (El Segundo, CA), GTE Labs (Waltham, MA), Corning (Corning, NY), Photon Kinetics (Beaverton, OR), and Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA). During her marketing career, Gail published articles in WDM Solutions and Sensors magazine and traveled internationally to conduct product and sales training. Gail received her BS degree in physics, with an emphasis in optics, from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA in May 1986.

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