Technical Conference:
17–21 October 2016
Exhibition:
19–20 October 2016

Symposia and Special Sessions

FiO/LS Symposia


Laser Science Symposium on Undergraduate Research
Symposium on Mid-Infrared Fiber Sources
Symposium on 100 Years of Vision at OSA: Most Cited Vision Papers in OSA Journals
Symposium on Mesoscopic Optics of Disordered Media
A Tribute to Steve Jacobs
Symposium on Integrated Photonic Manufacturing
Symposium on Integrated Quantum Photonics
Symposium on 100 Years of Optical Design, Fabrication, Testing, and Instrumentation - A Historical Look Back
Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of Low-Loss Optical Fibers
Carl E. Anderson Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation

 

Symposium on 100 Years of Optical Design, Fabrication, Testing, and Instrumentation - A Historical Look Back

Tuesday, 18 October, 08:00 - 10:00 (Part I), 10:30 - 12:00 (Part II), 13:30 - 14:30 (Part III)
Grand Ballroom A (Radisson)

Organizer: Julie Bentley, University of Rochester, USA

This symposium celebrates 100 years of advances in optical design, optical fabrication and testing, and instrumentation by taking a historical look back.  Topics to be discussed include the development of optical design software, the optical design of telescopes at NASA, the evolution of optical design and metrology at Tropel, a look into optical manufacturing at Kodak, the history of the Steward Mirror Lab, APOMA, and COM, and the ever changing landscape of optical metrology and optical instrumentation.  For a list of invited speakers click here.
 

Symposium on 50th Anniversary of Low-Loss Optical Fibers

Tuesday, 18 October, 08:00 - 10:00 (Part I), 10:30 - 12:00 (Part II), 13:30 - 15:30 (Part III)
Grand Ballroom B (Radisson)

Organizer: Alan F. Evans, Corning, USA

Optical fibers have changed our society by connecting the world.  This fundamental global transformation occurred due to the advent of low-loss optical fiber for high-bandwidth transmission of optical data.  This symposium celebrates the 50th anniversary of Charles K. Kao’s seminal paper unfolding the alluring possibilities and opportunities of low-loss silica fiber.  The presentations in this symposium will focus on the history of the development of silica fiber technologies, highlight significant milestones and advances to emerge from this paradigm shift in the way light is transmitted, and describe recent developments of low-loss fibers with advanced designs and materials.  For a list of invited speakers click here.
 

Carl E. Anderson Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Session

Tuesday, 18 October, 08:00 - 10:00
Highland Room E

Organizer: Kristan L. Corwin, Kansas State Univ., USA

The Carl E. Anderson Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Laser Science was established in 2013 by the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Laser Science (DLS). Its purpose is to recognize doctoral research in the Laser Science area and to encourage effective written and oral presentation of research results. The award consists of $1,000 USD and a certificate citing the contribution made by the recipient. The finalists will present their work at a special session of the Laser Science conference.  The winner will be announced after the meeting.
 

Laser Science Symposium on Undergraduate Research

Tuesday, 18 October, 12:00 - 18:00
Highland Room E

Organizer: Harold Metcalf, Stony Brook University, USA

The Symposium on Undergraduate Research has been a feature of the annual meeting of the Division of Laser Science of the American Physical Society (APS-DLS) for more than ten years, and has showcased the research work of approximately 400 students during that time. Students' presentations often describe their work during the previous summer. The Symposium has been supported by the DLS, OSA, and the NSF, along with several corporate sponsors. The NSF has played a vital role by providing the research opportunities for many of the students through its REU programs, as well as by direct support of the event.
 

Symposium on Mesoscopic Optics of Disordered Media

Wednesday, 19 October, 10:30 - 12:00 (Part I), 13:00 - 14:00 (Part II)
Grand Ballroom D

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In extreme environments, electromagnetic fields couple strongly to matter. Recent advances in understanding the complex phenomenology of multiple scattering offer unique opportunities for retrieving structural information and for controlling the propagation of light. At photonic mesoscales, fascinating interaction and confinement phenomena occur across different temporal and spatial scales. This symposium will gather international experts to discuss the experimental and theoretical progress in unveiling the properties of light propagating through and emitted in disordered media as well as a range of novel phenomena related to light-matter interaction.  For a list of invited speakers click here.
 

A Tribute to Steve Jacobs

Wednesday, 19 October, 10:30 - 12:00 (Part I), 13:00 - 14:00 (Part II)
Highland Room C

Organizer: Julie Bentley, University of Rochester, USA

The Stephen D. Jacobs Symposium has been organized to honor the late Dr. Stephen D. Jacobs’s contributions to the fields of optical materials, liquid crystals, optics manufacturing and educational outreach.  Steve spent his entire career at the University of Rochester with appointments at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE), Institute of Optics, Materials Science and Chemical Engineering departments.  His research included topics such as phosphate laser glass, frequency conversion crystals, liquid crystal laser optics, optical finishing of glass, ceramics and crystals, magnetorheological finishing (MRF), cholesteric liquid crystal flakes for display applications, and laser damage in multilayer dielectric coatings.  In addition to his significant technical contributions Steve also had a passion for educational outreach.  He volunteered as the educational outreach chair for the OSA-Rochester Section for over 15 years during which time he developed and organized the Optics Suitcase program that has been instrumental in introducing hundreds of thousands of young children to the fields of optics and materials science throughout the US and globally in over 40 countries.  Steve Jacobs touched many lives, we are honored to have this special symposium in memory of our great colleague, friend and mentor.  For a list of invited speakers click here.
 

Symposium on Mid-Infrared Fiber Sources

Thursday, 20 October, 14:00 - 16:00 (Part I), 16:30 - 18:30 (Part II)
Grand Ballroom A (Radisson)

Organizer: Morten Ibsen, University of Southhampton, UK

Optical sources in the mid-infrared wavelength range have become key for enabling applications in remote sensing, biomedical, materials processing, and homeland security.  Specific applications in metrology, tomography, and isotope separation are enabled by optical access to the molecular fingerprint region.  To date, mid-infrared fiber sources span the performance space from ultrafast pulses to kilowatts of power, from single-frequency to supercontinuum bandwidths, and cover spectral bands that cannot be addressed by other sources (e.g., QCLs).  This symposium will focus on recent developments in mid-infrared fiber sources and related technologies, with the most advanced progress in the field including materials, devices, and applications.  For a list of invited speakers click here.
 

Symposium on 100 Years of Vision at OSA: Most Cited Vision Papers in OSA Journals

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 14:00 - 16:00
Highland Room E

Organizer: Susana Marcos, Consejo Sup Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain

Vision Science has been an active community at OSA, and a large percentage of publications on vision have been among the most top cited in OSA Journals (JOSA, JOSA A, Applied Optics, Optics Letters, Optics Express and Biomedical Optics Express, among others). The symposium hig,lights some classic vision science papers and their impact on today’s research in the field. Selected thems range from the sensitivity of the eye and motion perception to wavefront sensing in the eye.  For a list of invited speakers click here.

 

Symposium on Integrated Photonic Manufacturing

Friday, 21 October, 08:00 - 10:00 (Part I), 13:30 - 14:30 (Part II)
Highland Room A

Organizer: Stefan Preble, Rochester Inst. of Technology, USA

This symposium gathers experts from academia, industry and foundries to discuss the progress that has been made and the challenges that remain to realize commercially successful integrated photonic manufacturing platforms.  For a list of invited speakers click here.
 

Symposium on Integrated Quantum Optics

Friday, 21 October, 14:30 - 15:30 (Part I); 16:00 - 17:30 (Part II)
Highland Room A

Organizer: Stefan Preble, Rochester Inst. of Technology, USA

Quantum optics technologies have the potential to revolutionize computing, communication and sensing systems. Chip-scale implementations have resulted in rapid progress by integrating high quality photon sources, circuits and single photon detectors together.  This symposium will focus on recent developments and the progress that is being made towards the realization of complex, chip-scale, quantum information systems.  For a list of invited speakers click here.
 

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