Six Nobel Laureates and Two Laser Luminaries Shared their Insights on Trends in Optics, Solid-State Lighting and Microscopy during CLEO Plenary Programs
The 2015 CLEO Conference and Exposition concluded today with 4,400 attendees, 226 exhibitors and 1,380 presentations from around the world. Conference and exhibition programming provided attendees with valuable insights into a broad range of topics such as optical microscopy for brain imaging, three dimensional printing and single-photon nonlinear optics.
During Plenary II, Dr. Steven Chu presented on Microscopy 2.0. "The invention of new imaging technologies is having a profound impact on biological sciences," stated Dr. Chu, 1997 Nobel Prize recipient in Physics and professor at Stanford University, California. "We are in the midst of a revolution in optical and electron microscopy - a revolution that will have an intense effect on biology, biomedicine and bioengineering for years to come."
Reflecting on his presentation, Dr. Shuji Nakamura, 2014 Nobel Prize recipient in Physics and professor at University of California, Santa Barbara, California, said: "Over the past 30 years LEDs have become universal in our daily lives, and I have been pleased to witness their growth. At CLEO: 2015, I spoke about laser lighting and how my research team is using a semiconductor device to produce coherent radiation in the visible or infrared spectrum when current passes through it. Laser lighting is on its way to replacing incandescent lightbulbs in the near future."
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Technology Transfer — Navigating the Landscape of Today’s Changing Marketplace
Successful transition of technology to commercial product requires a lot of paperwork, navigating intellectual property rights, identifying markets and raising the capital necessary to brings products to consumers. The Technology Transfer Program at CLEO: 2015 provided attendees an invaluable resource for learning how to turn their discoveries into marketable products.
Dr. Milton Chang, managing director of Incubic and author of the book Toward Entrepreneurship, delivered the keynote address of this year's Tech Transfer program, highlighting his work in bringing new technologies to the market place.
During his presentation, Dr. Chang detailed how to start and do business with limited capital. He then went on to explain what gets venture capitalists excited about the photonics industry enough to invest. He also encouraged companies to pool resources, stating that alliances can be mutually beneficial. Finally, he issued a call to students to take an interest in business management and actively participate in professional societies.
Following Dr. Chang's presentation, the Technology Transfer tutorial featured presentations on technology licensing by Roger Werne, deputy director at Industrial Partnering Office, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Brent Whitlock, a patent attorney with Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP. The tutorial covered the many paths to a successful technology transfer and gave attendees an opportunity to learn more about the licensing process, business and legal issues, and finding creative solutions that rewards all parties in a deal.
The Future of Photonics Highlighted in CLEO Post-Deadline Papers
Thursday concluded with late-night, post-deadline paper sessions that featured breaking research from around the world. Technologies discussed included: Optomechanics with Superfluid Helium-4, Plasmonic Nano-Focused Four-Wave Mixing and Dual-Comb Spectroscopy with Frequency-Agile Lasers.
The first technological breakthrough in femtosecond technology was done back in the 1970's using mode-locked dye lasers. These systems were the leading ultra-short pulse technology for twenty years. The invention of titanium-doped sapphire lasers (Ti:Sa) has pushed femtosecond technology to the next tier and has dominated this field for more than two decades. The idea and concept of broadband optical parametric amplification has been well known for years but the realized systems suffered from low power, cost-intensive and unreliable pump lasers in the picosecond range.