• Technical Conference:  5 – 10 May 2019
  • Exhibition: 7 – 9 May 2019

Plenary Speakers

The CLEO Plenary Sessions

Naomi J. Halas Chris Monroe Mial Warren Chris Xu

Naomi J. Halas, Rice University, USA
Plasmonics: Putting Light to Work from the Dipole Up

Metallic nanoparticles, well-known for their vibrant color, have become a central tool in the nanoscale manipulation of light. Their resonant illumination gives rise to intense, local photothermal heating and hot electron generation, properties that are useful in applications ranging from prostate cancer therapy to photocatalysis for producing useful chemicals.

Biography: Naomi Halas is the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Physics, Chemistry, and Bioengineering at Rice University. She was the first person to demonstrate that the shape of plasmon-supporting metallic nanoparticles determines their color. She pursues studies in nanophotonics with applications in biomedicine, optoelectronics, chemical sensing, solar water treatment and plasmonic photocatalysis. She has more than 300 refereed publications and more than 20 issued patents. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.


Chris Monroe, University of Maryland, USA
Quantum Computing with Atoms

Quantum computers offer hope for attacking problems that are beyond the capability of any possible conventional information processor. Individual atoms are the highest quality components for a scalable quantum computer, with unmatched coherence properties and reconfigurable circuits that are “wired” with laser beams. Monroe will speculate on the future of this field and the critical role lasers and optics will play.

Biography: Christopher Monroe is a leading atomic physicist and quantum information scientist. He demonstrated the first quantum gate realized in any system at NIST in the 1990s, and at the University of Michigan and University of Maryland, he discovered new ways to scale trapped ion qubits and simplify their control with semiconductor chip traps, simplified lasers and photonic interfaces for long-distance entanglement.  He received the American Physical Society I. I. Rabi Prize and the Arthur Schawlow Laser Science Prize, and has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences.  He is Co-founder and Chief Scientist at IonQ in College Park, Maryland.

Mial Warren, TriLumina Corporation, USA
A LIDAR in Every Garage — The Race for Automotive Optical Sensor Supremacy

A review of the history, motivation and technologies for LIDAR sensors in automobiles. There is a multi-billion-dollar race to integrate complex, high-performance optoelectronic systems into the world’s largest industry. Warren will explain the unique performance specifications that have been emerging from the automotive industry and how they drive the technology.

Biography: Mial Warren is a former DMTS at Sandia National Laboratories, where he did research on vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) technology, diffractive optical element design and fabrication, micro-optical system integration and nanophotonics. He retired from Sandia in 2012 to join a venture-capital funded start up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is currently Vice President of Technology for TriLumina Corporation, where he is leading the development of high-power VCSEL arrays and near-infrared illumination modules for automotive LIDAR and 3D time-of-flight imaging applications.

Chris Xu, Cornell University, USA
Imaging Deeper and Faster: Watching the Brain in Action with Ultrafast Lasers

Brain research is a multi-disciplinary endeavor, and inspires the development of innovative measurement tools. By pushing the boundaries of imaging depth and speed, nonlinear optical microscopy enables large-scale, non-invasive monitoring of brain activity in live animals, and is poised to play a major role in understanding how brains work. 

Biography: Chris Xu is Professor of Applied and Engineering Physics, Cornell University. He is the founding co-director of Cornell Neurotech, and the director of Cornell NeuroNex Hub, an NSF funded center for developing and disseminating neurotechnology. His current research areas are biomedical imaging and fiber optics. Prior to Cornell, he was a member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories, developing fiber optic communication systems. He received his PhD in Applied Physics from Cornell University, and contributed to the early development of multiphoton microscopy. He is a Fellow of The Optical Society, and a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He has 32 patents granted or pending.

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