Frontiers in Optics 2014 Wraps Up After Week of Cutting Edge Research, Applications and New Products in Optics and Photonics
OSA’s 98th Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics 2014, wrapped up today in Tucson, Ariz. USA. FiO featured five days of technical sessions, special symposia, tutorials, business programming, exhibits and special events—all highlighting the latest research and applications of optical technologies. Collocated with the American Physical Society Division of Laser Science’s 30th annual meeting, FiO brought together attendees from around the world – and had more than 600 presentations covering the latest advances in all areas of optics and photonics – from adaptive optics and optical sensing to silicon photonics and quantum information science.
The first day of the conference student leaders convened from around the globe to network, present posters and learn about successful chapter management at the annual OSA Student Leadership conference.
Students were also treated to inspiring talks from 2014 Nobel Prize Winner, W.E. Moerner, 2012 Macarthur Genius award winner Olivier Guyon, and others.
Attendees also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences during a special symposium for the school. Speakers included the Honorable Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of the City of Tucson, Jim Wyant of the University of Arizona and more.
The second day kicked off with the Plenary Session and Awards Ceremony, showcasing presentations from five world-renowned researchers in optics.
Congressman Ron Barber of Tucson gave welcoming remarks. 2014 Nobel Prize Winner, W.E. Moerner spoke about his work and his recent recognition. Rebecca Richards-Kortum described efforts to engineer appropriate high-performance, low-cost biophotonics technologies to meet health needs in low-resource settings. Jeff Kimble spoke of the need for the creation of an interdisciplinary "toolkit" for the control, manipulation, and interaction of atoms and photons with a complexity and scalability not currently possible. OSA’s Frederic Ives Medal Winner Paul Corkum gave a talk on “A Petahertz Oscilloscope – All optical measurement in the atto domain” and APS’s 2014 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science Recipient Mordechai Segev spoke about photonic topological insulators.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the show floor was abuzz with the latest products and features from 60 leading optics and photonics companies including industry leaders such as the Arizona Optics Industry Association, Edmund Optics, Newport Corp., Thorlabs and Toptica Photonics.
Networking opportunities were plentiful with several receptions—including the Southwestern-themed OSA member reception—as well as more formal opportunities at the Minorities and Women of OSA luncheon, receptions where attendees could meet the editors of APS and OSA journals and a luncheon for OSA Fellows.
Highlighted technical session papers included: Predicting Landslides with Light, A New Approach to On-Chip Quantum Computing, The Skin Cancer Selfie, All That Glitters is….Slimy? Gold Nanoparticles Measure the Stickiness of Snot, and Rediscovering Venus to Find Faraway Earths. These papers and more generated buzz in the media – from The Washington Post to Gizmodo and even the local radio station KVOI—The Voice and the Arizona Daily Star.
Miss a technical session? Registered technical attendees have free access to recorded sessions from more than 40 percent of the technical conference. In addition, all conference papers are now accessible through OSA’s Optics InfoBase.
Join us again next year in San Jose, Calif., USA for Frontiers in Optics 2015, 18 – 22 October.