Technical Conference:
18-22 October 2015
20-21 October 2015

Special Symposia

Memorial Symposium Honoring Charlie Townes
Laser Science Symposium on Undergraduate Research
Symposium Honoring Adolph Lohmann
Symposium on Optical Remote Sensing for the Climate
Symposium on Optics for Global Health and Low Resource Settings
Symposium on Applications of Low Noise Frequency Combs
Symposium on Photoreceptor Analysis and Single-cone-mediated Vision


Memorial Symposium Honoring Charlie Townes

Sunday, 18 October, 16:30 - 18:30
Organizer: Elsa Garmire, Darmouth College, USA

The life and impacts made by Charlie Townes will be discussed by a series of speakers.  Speakers to be announced shortly.

Laser Science Symposium on Undergraduate Research

Monday, 19 October, 12:00 - 18:00
Organizer: Harold Metcalf, Stony Brook Univ., USA

This special DLS annual symposium started in 2001 and has rapidly become one of the most successful DLS traditions. During the past several years the number of undergraduates presenting papers has grown from only 10 to more than 40, and the talks have been of outstanding quality, some absolutely stellar. Last year's posters were outstanding as well, and generated a great deal of lively interest and on-the-spot discussion. This year's symposium will consist of afternoon poster and oral sessions. The event provides an opportunity for some of the student members of our community, who are already among the finest young scientists to be found anywhere, to present their work before an audience of their peers as well as the larger optics community. All are invited and encouraged to attend the session.  For more information on the Laser Science Undergraduate Symposium visit the APS page.

Symposium Honoring Adolf Lohmann

Organizer: Joseph Mait, US Army Research Laboratory, USA

Contributed papers are encouraged in honor of Adolf W. Lohmann (1925-2013), an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his contributions to the fields of optical information processing and holography.  Topics of particular interest include fractional transformations, phase-space optics, super resolution, temporal optical processing, optical processing with partially coherent light, and ³flatland optics². To be considered for this symposium submit to the topic category, 1.8 Adolf W. Lohmann Symposium.

Invited Speakers:

  • Harry Barrett, University of Arizona, USA
  • Asher Friesem, Weizmann Inst. of Science, Israel
  • Joe Goodman, Stanford University, USA
  • Juergen Jahns, University of Hagen, Germany
  • David Mendlovic, Tel Aviv University, Israel and Haldun Ozaktas, Bilkent University, TurkeyJorge Ojeda-Castaneda, University of Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Bill Rhodes, Florida Atlantic University, USA
  • Stefan Sinzinger, Technische Univsitat Ilmenau, Netherlands

Symposium on Optics for Global Health and Low Resource Settings

Organizer: Melissa Skala, Vanderbilt University, USA

2015 is the "International Year of Light," and this symposium accordingly highlights the tremendous impact that optical technologies can have on global health. Portable, accurate, and low cost light-based technologies have already demonstrated successes in screening and treatment for an array of pathologies in low resource settings. The potential of these technologies continues to grow with increased interest in engineering world health.

Invited Speakers:

  • David Erickson, Cornell University, USA
  • Aydogan Ozcan, UCLA, USA
  • Manu Prakash, Stanford, USA
  • Tomasz Tkaczyk, Rice University, USA

Symposium on Applications of Low Noise Frequency Combs

Organizers: John Marciante, University of Rochester, USA

Laser sources in the mid-infrared wavelength range have become key for enabling remote sensing, biomedical, materials processing, and homeland security applications.  To date, mid-infrared fiber lasers span the performance space from ultrafast pulses to kilowatts of power, from single-frequency to supercontinuum bandwidths.  This symposium will focus on recent developments in mid-infrared fiber laser sources, with the most advanced progress in the field including materials, devices, and applications.

Invited Speakers:

  • Ken-ichi Kitayama, University of Osaka, Japan, Digital Coherence W-band Radio-over-fiber System
  • Juerg Leuthold, ETH, Switzerland, Frequency Combs as Sources for Tbit/s Communications Systems
  • David Howe, NIST, USA, Optical-to-RF Frequency Synthesis: Application Priorities for Ultra-low Phase Noise
  • Yoshinori Awaji, NICT, Japan, Perspective of New Infrastructure of Fiber Communication: The Role of Coherent Light in SDM Era
  • Ronald Esman, MITRE, USA
  • Radan Slavik, Southampton University, UK
  • Steven Wilkinson, Raytheon, USA

Symposium on Optical Remote Sensing for the Climate

Organizer: Laszlo Veisz, Max-Planck-Institute fur Quantenoptik, Germany

Optical sensing allows measurements of important climate-related parameters, such as greenhouse gas and aerosol densities, from both land and space-based platforms. The measurements are often made at wavelengths where technology is not as mature as in the visible and near-infrared region.  Efforts to measure these parameters place stringent demands on light sources (which often must be high power and single frequency), detectors (which must detect the faintest light levels at non-traditional wavelengths), and understanding of long-range propagation effects.  Contributions are sought which explore novel approaches to satisfying the demands of optical climate-related measurements.

Invited Speakers:

  • Jim Abshire, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr., USA
  • Bill Hirst, BP Shell, USA
  • Chris Rella, Picarro, USA, Applications of Cavity Ring Down Spectroscopy in the Earth Sciences
  • Greg Rieker, University of Colorado, USA

Symposium on Photoreceptor Analysis and Single-cone-mediated Vision

Organizer: Brian Vohnsen, University College Dublin, Ireland

Twenty-five years ago detailed post-mortem ocular histology gave spectacular insight into the organization of cone and rod photoreceptor cells in the human retina. Subsequent progress with implementation of adaptive optics for aberration correction has made in-vivo analysis of single retinal cells feasible in both the healthy eye and in eyes affected by disorders. The same technologies allow vision to be explored at the fundamental limit set by the size and spacing of single photoreceptors and ganglion cells. This symposium will highlight milestones that have made these advances feasible with state-of-the-art technologies and address outstanding challenges for the implementation of improved diagnostic capabilities that not only will increase our understanding of the last optical steps of the visual process but also help combat vision loss.

Invited Speakers:

  • Christine Curcio, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
  • Christopher Langlo, University of Wisconsin, USA
  • Don Miller, Indiana University, USA
  • Austin Roorda, University of California Berkeley, USA

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