• Technical Conference:  10 – 15 May 2020
  • Exhibition: 12 – 14 May 2020

Keynote Abstract:

Photonics Technology Transition Experiences
Technology Transitions Examples from Experiences at New Focus and Daylight Solutions

Timothy Day, DRS Daylight Solutions, USA

Learn about technology transition at New Focus and Daylight Solutions between 1990 and 2018.  Examples covered will include External Cavity Diode Lasers, Quantum Cascade Lasers, InF fibers, High Speed Opto-Electronics and Electro-Optic Modulators being transitioned from laboratory and university environments into volume markets such as Telecom, Defense and Security and Pharmaceutical.


Tutorial Abstract:

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Technologies Available in Quantum Information Sciences

Eugene R. Cochran, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has a strong Quantum Information Sciences group that has developed several inventions that are either patent pending or that have issued patents. The Quantum Information Science (QIS) group applies the principles and techniques of quantum physics to real-world problems. These so-called “second generation” quantum technologies directly harness uniquely quantum phenomena such as superposition, uncertainty or entanglement within individual quantum states to perform a task or achieve a result. This presentation will discuss several prototype systems in different application fields including:  Quantum Key Distribution, Quantum Random Number Generators, Secure Time Distribution Signals, and Sensing (Improved Nonlinear Interferometer Systems).


Pitch Panel Abstracts:

Rachel Grange, Leader of the Optical Nanomaterials Group, ETH Zurich, Project PolarNon

PolarNon is a fully automated polarimetric multiphoton microscope targeted for non-destructive characterization of materials and components that can significantly speed up the manufacture and assembly processes.


Next Generation Ophthalmic Imaging​

Manish Kulkarni, Netra Systems, USA

Eye disorders and vision loss are among the most expensive conditions to the global economy.  Eye-diseases are impacting 1.3B+ people costing $3 Trillion/year in healthcare (direct and indirect costs) globally.  Typical methods provide diagnosis only after the eye has suffered irreparable damage.

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) has revolutionized ophthalmic diagnostics. We report next-generation OCT-based disruptive technologies for potential early diagnostics of ocular pathologies such as macular diseases, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. Next-generation ophthalmic imaging devices could diagnose diseases before the onset of irreversible vision loss by providing ultra-high resolution (10X better than the existing technologies) images & real-time retinal blood circulation maps.   

Micro-LED Micro-display, Game-changer of Future Visual Interface

Kei May Lau, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

Widely regarded as the next-generation display technology, Micro-LED micro-display is the ideal candidate for various burgeoning applications, including but not limited to augmented reality (AR), head-up display (HUD), 3D printing and maskless lithography. Existing micro-display technology generally suffers from common limitations, such as low brightness, poor efficiency and robustness under extreme operation conditions.

However, Micro-LED technology has its own challenges before it hits the market. Micro-size-effects and relatively large emissive angle reduce the product’s overall efficiency. Size mismatch between sapphire substrate (4 inch) and IC (8 or 12 inch) obstructs further manufacturing cost reduction. Red, green and blue micro-LEDs integration in a single chip is another major challenge for full-color micro-display applications.  After 10+ years of dedicated research, we discovered feasible solutions and is on-track to tackle these problems in our next generation product very soon.

Bypassing the massive transfer issue, our proprietary micro-LED micro-display technology is ready for mass-production providing customers with the utmost experiences through unrivaled color gamut, ultra-high efficiency and brightness (particularly under bright sunlight), superb robustness under extreme conditions, compared with other existing micro-display technology.


The microShutter: A High-Speed, Chip-Scale Laser Shutter​

Max Perez, ColdQuanta, USA

The microShutter is a robust, optically integrated ultra-low size, weight and power laser shutter. It is free of the interconnect volume or bend radius limitations of fiber optic shutters but has exceptional extinction and shutter speed performance. These chip-scale shutters were originally designed for use in compact cold atom quantum systems but are ideal for the tightly integrated optical trains required in compact high-performance devices, such as spectrometers. The microShutter exceeds the current state-of-the-art for free-space mechanical shutters with a footprint of 5 mm x 5 mm and volume of 0.05 cc with an extinction ratio of -45 dB and shutter transitions below 20 µs. 

Judging Panel

Rob Mandra, RSM Advisors, USA

Sujatha Ramanujan, Nextcorps' Luminate, USA

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