06 May 2011
CLEO: 2011 Wraps Up in Baltimore
BALTIMORE, May 6–CLEO: 2011 concluded in Baltimore this week and once again provided a must-attend venue for the latest research and business developments coming out of the lasers and electro optics field. Featured technical presentations covered developments from research teams around the world in the areas of nonlinear optics, biophotonics, ultrafast lasers, quantum optics and more.
Attendees heard technical presentations at CLEO: 2011 that also made a big impact in the pressâ€”from ceramic microlasers for multi-point ignition to 3-D invisibility cloaks, the science and media worlds alike are buzzing with news of laser applications and technology.
The first of two CLEO Plenary Sessions reflected the full range of content in research and technology with presentations from two luminaries in the field. Don Keck (retired, Corning) gave an insightful historical perspective on the development of the first low-loss optical fiber, while Jim Fujimoto (MIT) provided a captivating look into the world of medical imaging with Optical Coherence Tomography.
Held Tuesday through Thursday, CLEO: Expo showcased the latest in laser systems, optoelectronic components, imaging and sensing equipment, infrared detectors, test & measurement equipment and more from 300 participating companies.
The new products and demos were complemented by show floor programming highlighting technology transfer and four hot topic areas as part of CLEO: Market Focus - biophotonics, energy, industrial lasers and defense/security.
The Technology Transfer Program featured speakers from universities and U.S. government labs discussing ways to take laboratory R&D into the marketplace with presentations such as "Creating Infrastructure to Transition Early Stage Technologies to Commercial Use" and "Technology Transfer Opportunities at Stanford University."
The second CLEO Plenary Session focused on the hot topic research areas of nonlinear optics and photonic crystals, with keynote presentations from Moti Segev (Technion Institute of Technology, Israel) covering Anderson Localization of Light and Susumu Noda (Kyoto University, Japan) discussing recent progress and new trends in photonic crystals.
The more than 1,700 presentations at CLEO: 2011 were spread across three program areas this year:
CLEO: Science & Innovations, or the "classic" CLEO program, covers applied research and innovations in lasers, optical materials, and photonic devices.
CLEO: QELS - Fundamental Science continues to be the premier venue for discussion of fundamental research in optical and laser physics-related areas. Read more.
CLEO: Applications & Technology is a new program area exploring the intersection of academic research with product commercialization. Read more.
Featured research in the CLEO: Science & Innovations program included a paper from the Institute for Molecular Science in Japan demonstrating a ceramic micro-laser with two-beam output for multi-point ignition, which may one day lead to traditional spark plugs being replaced with a fuel-efficient laser-based system.
Appearing in CLEO: QELS - Fundamental Science category was a paper demonstrating a full 3-D invisibility cloak in visible light by a research team from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.
Featured research in the CLEO: Applications & Technology program included a presentation from Lawrence Livermore National Lab on several applications of MEGa-rays, including mobile MEGa-ray technology for bomb detection, nuclear waste assessment and drug tracking.
The hard work of the CLEO volunteer committees is reflected in the full range of topics covered at the conference. General co-chairs of CLEO: 2011 included: Hal Metcalf, SUNY Stony Brook, USA and Vladimir Shalaev, Purdue Univ., CLEO: QELS - Fundamental Science co-chairs; Kaoru Minoshima, Natl. Inst. of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan (pictured), CLEO: Science & Innovations co-chair; and Timothy Carrig, Lockheed Martin, USA, CLEO: Science & Innovations co-chair and CLEO: Applications & Technology chair.
CLEO: 2011 provided attendees with exclusive access to a premier set of scientific, business and networking programs in the field of optics and photonics. Mark your calendars for next year as we head to San Jose for CLEO: 2012, May 6 - 11.
With a distinguished history as the industry's leading event on laser science, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) and the Quantum Electronics Laser Science Conference (QELS) is where laser technology was first introduced. CLEO: 2011 will unite the field of lasers and electro-optics by bringing together all aspects of laser technology, with content stemming from basic research to industry application. Sponsored by the American Physical Society's (APS) Laser Science Division, the Institute of Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Photonics Society and the Optical Society (OSA), CLEO: 2011 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: 2011 connects all of the critical vertical markets in lasers and electro-optics. For more information, visit the conference's website at www.cleoconference.org.