Laser World of Photonics to focus on applications

April 11, 2011
Munich, Germany—This year marks the 20th “edition” of what’s become one of the largest events in photonics and optoelectronics. Exepecting growth of 4%-5% in 2011, Laser World of Photonics kicks off on May 23, 2011--one month earlier than usual—and brings together a broad spectrum of exhibitors and attendees interested in the technology and applications of light.
Munich, Germany—This year marks the 20th “edition” of what’s become one of the largest events in photonics and optoelectronics. Laser World of Photonics kicks off on May 23, 2011--one month earlier than usual—and brings together a broad spectrum of exhibitors and attendees interested in the technology and applications of light.
In 2009 Laser World of Photonics brought 1,034 exhibitors and 25,365 attendees to Munich. Expectations are that both will be up somewhere around 4%-5% for 2011 according to Exhibition Director, Claudia Sixl. And roughly half of all visitors come from outside Germany, giving the event a strong international flavor.

Key focus topics at the 2011 exhibits are
lasers and laser systems for manufacturing, green photonics, as well as biophotonics and life sciences. In addition, defense and security is also being featured separately for the first time, with exhibitors presenting related laser applications.

Lasers and laser systems for manufacturing are featured in a separate and growing exhibit area, showcasing applications that range from auto manufacturing, mechanical engineering, toolmaking, job order production and the aerospace industry to photovoltaics, electronics, and microproduction.

Green photonics includes energy and the environment, photovoltaics, lighting, energy efficiency and climate protection. Here, exhibitors demonstrate how optical technologies contribute towards efficient production and energy conservation, where they are used for renewable energies, and how they can optimize measuring and test technology.

The third focus topic is biophotonics and life sciences. Many innovations in medicine and life sciences could not have occurred without photonics. Research institutes and companies will present new applications, methods and processes in biophotonics. In addition, The Biophotonics Forum and the European Conferences on Biomedical Optics (ECBO) will also showcase current achievements and future possibilities.

World of Photonics Congress intended to bridge research and industry
There are six conferences being held under the umbrella of the World of Photonics Congress. These are organized by various international organizations and include CLEO/Europe (OSA), the European Conferences on Biomedical Optics (SPIE/OSA), Conference on Manufacturing of Optical Components (EOS), the European Quantum Electronics Conference (OSA), and SPIE’s Optical Metrology. A new event, the Optofluidics Conference, is being organized by the European Optical Society (EOS). Also this year the Optical Metrology Conference has added a subconference covering "videometrics," and the ECBO will add some clinically oriented topics to its traditional program contents.

There is also a series of application panels and practical talks held in the exhibition halls, which, together with the Congress program are intended to create a link between research and industry. These panels include:
Talking Trends: Exhibitor presentations and application panels on specific themes at the three lecture forums ... Biophotonics and Life Sciences; Optical Technologies; and Lasers and Laser Systems for Production Engineering. CEO Roundtable: Discussion will focus on topics around the theme of “The response by optical technologies to social mega-trends – energy, health, infrastructure and security” Photons in Production: Live demos of Rapid manufacturing using lightweight materials; Laser-based milling; Welding (alu-alu/alu-copper, battery housings, and plastics) The 10th International Laser Marketplace: A one-day seminar on the global laser marketplace and major regional markets, organized by Optech Consulting and Laser World of Photonics.Find out more about Laser World of PhotonicsPosted by:Steve AndersonSubscribe nowtoLaser Focus Worldmagazine; It’s free!
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