SPIE Photonics West to draw crowds, new research on electronic imaging

JANUARY 20, 2009--Advances in photonics research with applications touching nearly every aspect of life will draw 17,500 scientists and industry leaders to SPIE Photonics Equipment in the San Jose, CA, Convention Center from January 24-29.

JANUARY 20, 2009--Advances in photonics research with applications touching nearly every aspect of life will draw 17,500 scientists and industry leaders to SPIE Photonics Equipment (http://spie.org/x2584.xml) in the San Jose, CA, Convention Center from January 24-29. Photonics West draws experts in biomedical optics, lasers, MOEMS/MEMS, and optoelectronics. The week-long event offers cutting-edge research presentations, two exhibitions, industry executive panels on high-impact issues, a comprehensive continuing education program, a career fair, and networking events.

Both exhibitions are open to registrants at no charge, as are the executive panels. Panel topics include:
-Silicon Photonics and Optical Interconnects
-Hot Markets in Photonics: Solar
-Perspectives on the World of Photonics
-Applications of High-Power Solid State Lasers

The Photonics West exhibition (January 27-29) will include more than 1100 companies showing the latest in components, systems, and applications for optics and photonics manufacturing, electronic imaging, IR sources and detectors, optical detectors, fibers and materials, cameras and displays, and other innovations.

The weekend Biomedical Optics (BiOS; January 24-25) exhibition will feature 165 companies showing components, sensors, instruments, and applications for molecular and spectroscopic/microscopic imaging, biomedical optics, and nano/biophotonics.

A Saturday-evening Biomedical Optics Hot Topics session will again be a highlight. Eight researchers will present on work in areas such as use of optics for stroke management, biodegradable silk optics, and optics in stem cell research and new cancer detection and treatment technologies.

Plenary sessions are scheduled for each of the other three symposia, with topics such as the pivotal role of photonics in novel nano/bio/information interfaces, new applications of high-power fiber lasers in industry, new potentials for laser processing in photovoltaics manufacturing, and opportunities for increased versatility in micro-optical modulators.

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