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Local California Highlights: Optics Innovations to be Showcased in San Jose During OSA's Annual Meet

For Immediate Release

Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

Keira Shein
WilkinsonShein Communications

Local California Highlights: Optics Innovations to be Showcased in San Jose During OSA's Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics 2011

California researchers take center stage to demonstrate latest advances in optics R&D

Advances in optics research and technologies  from more than 850 scientific, technical and educational presentations will be highlighted during the Optical Society's (OSA) 95th Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2011, being held October 16 – 20 at the Fairmont San Jose Hotel in San Jose, Calif. Held in conjunction with Laser Science XXVII, the annual meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Laser Science (DLS), the meeting will cover the breadth of optical science and engineering in five days of cutting-edge content, powerful networking and opportunities for scientific exchange.

Exhibits featuring 80 leading optics companies, including California-based BaySpec, Inc., Reynard Corporation, Lighthouse Photonics, HMS Technology Sales, CVI Melles Griot, Newport Corporation, American Elements, and Element Six will complement the in-depth educational programming and offer attendees a glimpse of the latest optical technologies and products.

WHAT: The Optical Society's Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics 2011

WHERE: Fairmont San Jose and Sainte Claire hotels in San Jose, Calif.

WHEN:  Sunday, Oct. 16 – Thursday, Oct. 20

Nearly 100 papers from California-based researchers will be presented during FiO, covering a wide range of topics across the entire spectrum of optics and photonics. Highlighted research presentations include:

  • Microscopy and Spectroscopy on a Cell Phone – Researchers from the University of California, Davis will discuss how they transformed an ordinary iPhone into a high-quality medical imaging device that could be used to help doctors and nurses diagnose blood diseases in developing nations where many hospitals and rural clinics have limited or no access to laboratory equipment.
  • Chip-scale Microscopy for Addressing Petri-dish Imaging Needs – By Changhuei Yang of the California Institute of Technology.
  • Light Trapping in Plasmonic Solar Cells – By Vivian Ferry of the California Institute of Technology.
  • A Next Generation X-ray Laser Array at the Berkeley Lab: Science Drivers and Facility Overview – By Robert Schoenlein of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
  • High-Speed Frequency Domain Camera for Biomedical Imaging – By Gregory Faris of SRI International in Menlo Park, Calif.
  • Plasmonic and High Index Nanostructures for Efficient Solar Energy Conversion – By Mark Brongersma of Stanford University.
  • Lensless Microscopy and Sensing on a Chip – By Aydogan Ozcan of the University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Carpet Cloak Device for Visible Light – By Christopher Gladden of the University of California, Berkeley.

Additional programming of note:

  • Presentation of OSA Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Endowment
    Monday, Oct. 17, 8 a.m.
    Regency Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel

    University of California, Berkeley Professor Ivan P. Kaminow is the 2011 recipient of OSA's highest award, recognized for his early research at Bell Labs on telecommunications lightwave modulators. Kaminow will speak on his early days at Bell Labs and the dawn of optical communications.
  • Science Educators Day: E-Day – FREE event for Middle and High School Educators
    Wednesday, Oct. 19, 5 – 8 p.m.
    Sainte Claire Hotel

    E-Day is an annual event focusing on effective and innovative approaches to science education, with an emphasis on hands-on, interactive classroom lessons. The event is geared toward middle and high school educators in the San Jose region.
  • Intellectual Property Workshop Patent Reform – How to Manage the Switch to a First-to-File System
    Monday, Oct. 17, 4 p.m.
    Cupertino Room, Fairmont Hotel

    Offered by OSA and presented by Washington, D.C.-based IP attorney, Michelle Holoubek, the workshop covers the changes to the U.S. Patent system that are now in effect with the new America Invents Act. Topics addressed will include differences between the old “First-to-Invent” patent system and the new “First-to-File” patent system, as well as corporate strategies and tips to help tech businesses make the most of these changes. RSVP required. Contact lmeyer@osa.org.
  • What's Hot in Optics Today?
    Sunday, Oct. 16, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    Regency Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel

    This session will provide an overview of today's hot trends in optics, including the scientific and technical advances being made across the entire field of optics. The overviews will highlight recent developments in optics and are designed to be informative and accessible even to the nontechnical attendee.

About the meeting

Frontiers in Optics 2011 is OSA's 95th Annual Meeting and is being held together with Laser Science XXVII, the annual meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Laser Science (DLS). The two meetings unite the OSA and APS communities for five days of quality, cutting-edge presentations, fascinating invited speakers and a variety of special events spanning a broad range of topics in physics, biology and chemistry. FiO 2011 will also offer a number of Short Courses designed to increase participants' knowledge of a specific subject while offering the experience of insightful teachers. An exhibit floor featuring leading optics companies will further enhance the meeting.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: A Press Room for credentialed press and analysts will be located in the Fairmont San Jose Hotel, Sunday through Thursday, Oct. 16-20. Those interested in obtaining a press badge for FiO should contact OSA's Lyndsay Meyer at +1 202.416.1435 or lmeyer@osa.org.

About OSA

Uniting more than 130,000 professionals from 175 countries, the Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit www.osa.org.

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