2013 Daily Wrap-Ups

CLEO: 2013 Wraps Up After Week of Featuring Research, Applications and New Products in Lasers, Optics and Photonics

CLEO speakerCLEO Final Wrap-Up

The Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics (CLEO: 2013) concluded in San Jose, Calif. on June 14 after six days of technical sessions, special symposia, tutorials, business programming, exhibits and special events—all highlighting the latest research, applications and market-ready technologies in all areas of lasers and electro-optics. Attendees heard presentations from leading experts on hot topics such as lab-on-a-chip applications, high-power lasers, quantum dot technologies, attosecond physics, silicon photonics, and more.

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CLEO: 2013 Day 1
Sunday, June 9

Short Courses Front & Center on First Day of CLEO: 2013

Attendees began arriving in sunny San Jose, California today for the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO: 2013), now in its 33rd year.  Short courses were on tap for the day, with nearly 20 offerings in topics as diverse as metamaterials, biomedical optics, and high-power fiber lasers.

Three new courses were added this year, including Frontiers of Guided Wave Nonlinear Optics—one of the most popular courses, led by Ben Eggleton of the University of Sydney (pictured below left); Nano-Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics and Applications (pictured below right); and Transformation Optics.

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CLEO: 2013 Day 2
Monday, June 10

CLEO: 2013 Hot Topics Kick Off with the Latest Research in Attosecond Physics, Lab-on-a-Chip Applications and Mid-IR Laser Sources

The CLEO: 2013 technical program opened today, with the first set of more than 1,800 presentations taking  place all week.  Special symposia are designed to feature hot topics and emerging areas of interest to the field.  Today’s symposia included Lab-on-a-chip Applications, Mid-infrared Laser Sources, and Novel Light Sources for Biomedical Applications.

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CLEO: 2013 Day 3
Tuesday, June 11

Busy Day at CLEO: 2013 with Plenary Session, CLEO: Expo, Market: Focus and More Hot Topics – Laser Fusion, Silicon Nanophotonics and Quantum Cryptography

The first of two Plenary Sessions started the day’s activities at CLEO: 2013, featuring Paul Corkum from the University of Ottawa and Stephen Harris from Stanford University. Corkum's presentation on Attosecond Photonics gave a conceptual understanding of attosecond physics both from a classical three-step model approach and from a quantum mechanical viewpoint.

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National Photonics Initiative LogoCLEO: 2013 Day 4
Wednesday, June 12

Networking and Applications are Focus of Mid-Week CLEO Activities

The second Plenary Session began this morning with more awards and fellows presentations from the CLEO co-sponsoring societies (OSA, IEEE Photonics Society and APS Division of Laser Science), as well as a special presentation from Alan Willner from the University of Southern California on The National Photonics Initiative (NPI): A National Academies Study’s Call to Action.

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Tech TransferCLEO: 2013 Day 5
Thursday, June 13

CLEO: 2013 Continues With Tech Transfer Program, Energy-Efficient and UV/LED Technologies; Excitement Around Post-Deadline Papers

Today’s Technology Transfer Program provided a forum for entrepreneurs and researchers from start-ups, major universities, businesses and national laboratories to present new technologies that are ready for commercialization. Robert A. Norwood, professor at the University of Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences, delivered keynote remarks following the showcase. He gave an overview of the life cycle of the start-up he co-founded, Photon-X, from its inception to around the time the telecomm bubble burst.  Norwood emphasized that a number of factors go into the success of a company, not least of which is timing and timeliness of identifying key technology and target market.

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CLEO attendees take a breakCLEO: 2013 Day 6
Friday, June 14

Final Day of CLEO: 2013 Includes Talks on Emerging Hot Topics – Quantum Dots for Displays and Lighting, Optogenetics and Optics-based Medical Devices

The last day of CLEO: 2013 featured technical sessions in hot topic areas, including optogenetics to control neurons using light, optical medical diagnostic devices, and quantum dot light emitting diodes (LEDs).

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