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CLEO:2016 Closes with Strong Attendance, Focus on Breakthrough Research and Applied Innovations in U


10 June 2016

CLEO:2016 Closes with Strong Attendance, Focus on Breakthrough Research and Applied Innovations in Ultrafast Lasers, Energy-Efficient Optics, Quantum Electronics and Biophotonics

The premier international laser and electro-optics event also featured a special plenary offering unique insight into Laser Interferometric Gravitational Wave Detection

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA — The 2016 CLEO Conference and Exposition (CLEO:2016) concluded today with 4,600 attendees, 210 exhibitors and more than 2,100 presentations from around the world. Comprehensive, peer-reviewed technical sessions, a cutting-edge exhibition, and market focused exhibit-floor programming, provided attendees an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves in a broad range of research, technologies and innovative new products.  Hot topics included quantum cascade lasers on silicon; multi-channel quantum communication and higher capacity quantum computers; photonic crystals to improve solar cell efficiency; a photoacoustic catheter probe to help better identify heart disease; and optical microscopy for brain imaging, three dimensional printing and single-photon nonlinear optics. CLEO:2016 took place 5-10 June at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, USA.

Comprehensive High-Quality Programming
“Each year CLEO is the industry platform for the leading minds in the science of laser and electro-optics to reveal their latest discoveries and in-depth research,” said Valdas Pasiskevicius, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, general co-chair of CLEO. “Six days of technical sessions, five plenary speakers, special symposia, tutorials, business programming, exhibits and special events provided attendees with a level of insight and access not available at any other industry conference.”

Roberto Morandotti, INRS - Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications, Canada, general co-chair of CLEO, added, “By uniting the fields of lasers and opto-electronics, CLEO provides attendees with a unique view into this technology lifecycle — from early research to industry applications. Technology applications will continue to drive the need for peer-reviewed conferences like CLEO, and we look forward to what will undoubtedly be another dynamic conference in 2017.

Keynote Programming
The following global leaders in lasers and electro-optics shared their insights on attosecond metrology, “multi” technologies, gravitational waves, quantum nanophotonics and solar energy conversion efficiency:

Ferenc Krausz, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics; Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany Electrons in Real Time: Tracking and Controlling Motions at the Picometer-attosecond Scale

Masataka Nakazawa, Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, Japan
“Multi” is Everywhere

David Reitze, Executive Director of the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology and Professor of Physics at the University of Florida Colliding Black Holes & Convulsions in Space-time: The First Observation of Gravitational Waves by LIGO

Jelena Vuckovic, Stanford University, United States Quantum Nanophotonics

Eicke R. Weber, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, and Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany Harvesting Solar Energy with Highest Conversion Efficiencies: Materials Challenges of Record Multijunction Solar Cells
Industry Leading Companies in Lasers and Electro-Optics
More than 200 companies exhibited at CLEO:2016, taking advantage of the annual industry-leading gathering to introduce new products and demonstrate cutting-edge innovations. Companies such as Coherent, Edmund Optics, Menlo Systems, Thorlabs, Toptica Photonics and many others showcased state-of-the-art technology from a wide-variety of topical areas including ultrafast lasers, spectroscopy, optical pulse technology and nanophotonics. The CLEO exhibit hall featured presentations on the state of the optics and photonics industry, precision manufacturing using ultrafast lasers and a special Enabled by Optics Session: Building the World’s First Database of Matter: Spectroscopy in the Consumer’s Hand.

The CLEO: 2016 “The Technology Transfer Program” was kicked off by keynote speaker Henry Kapteyn, CEO, KMLabs, USA. Dr. Kapteyn is founder and CEO of Kapteyn-Murnane Laboratories Inc., and has been a Professor at the Department of Physics, and a Fellow of JILA, at the University of Colorado since 1999. His current work opens up a new region of the electromagnetic spectrum to fundamental studies, and his group is applying these sources to studies of dynamic processes in atomic, molecular, and materials systems, as well as for technological applications such as nanoscale imaging. This interactive session offered startups the opportunity to hear best practices for taking innovations from the lab into the marketplace, including: the licensing process; funding, entrepreneurship, technology transfer and intellectual property.

About CLEO
With a distinguished history as the industry's leading event on laser science, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) is the premier international forum for scientific and technical optics, uniting the fields of lasers and opto-electronics by bringing together all aspects of laser technology, from basic research to industry applications. CLEO: Expo showcases the latest products and applications from more than 200 participating companies, providing hands-on demonstrations of the latest market innovations and applications. The Expo also offers valuable on-floor programming, including Market Focus and the Technology Transfer programs.
Managed by The Optical Society (OSA) and co-sponsored by the American Physical Society's Laser Science Division, IEEE Photonics Society and OSA, CLEO provides the full range of critical developments in the field, showcasing the most significant milestones from laboratory to marketplace. With an unparalleled breadth and depth of coverage, CLEO connects all of the critical vertical markets in lasers and electro-optics. For more information, visit the event website at CLEO 2017 will take place 14 – 19 May at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California, USA.

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