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IEEE Conference To Shine A Light On Photonics

The 5 day conference will feature talks and presentations discussing many topics, including those using compound semiconductors. These will include InP telecoms, InGaAs imaging systems and photovoltaics


The unveiling of breakthroughs in photonics, the use of light waves in electronic systems as opposed to electrical currents and voltages, will top the agenda at the annual IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC-2013).

Formerly known as the IEEE LEOS Annual Meeting, the conference in Seattle, taking place from September 8th to 12th, will feature the world’s leading technologists in the field.

Some 600 scientists, engineers and technical managers will gather at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue Hotel for an IPC-2013 program of invited talks, paper presentations, panel sessions, special symposia, networking opportunities, and a product showcase.

Since 1988, the IEEE Photonics Conference and its predecessor the IEEE LEOS Annual Meeting have been one of the premier autumn gatherings for the presentation and discussion of research in photonics technologies and applications.

These include lasers, biophotonics, displays, photodetectors, sensors, imaging systems, integrated optics, photovoltaics, optoelectronics, interconnects, microwave and nanophotonic devices and systems, non-linear and ultrafast optics, optical fibre communications, planar waveguide technology and optoelectronic materials.

This year’s conference comes in the wake of the launch this spring of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI). This is a collaborative alliance among industry, academia and government experts seeking to raise awareness of the impact of photonics on our everyday lives. The NPI also looks at compelling business opportunities in the field, as well as the potential barriers to growth.

“While more than a thousand companies have sprung up in recent years to produce the photonics devices and systems we all depend on, there’s a need to overcome financial and other barriers to growth in order to enable continuing progress, and that’s what this initiative is all about" says Richard Linke, executive director of the IEEE Photonics Society, sponsor of IPC-2013 and co-sponsor of the National Photonics Initiative along with four other leading industry groups.

“The IEEE Photonics Conference represents a fusion of cutting-edge scientific research and leading industrial innovations for photonics engineers, technologists and suppliers from around the world," said Dr. Martin Dawson, IPC-2013 Program Chair and Professor and Director of Photonics Research at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. “Thought-provoking technical talks, numerous special events and a product exhibition will provide attendees with the insights and ideas they need to advance the use of light to address many of today’s most important technological challenges."

Highlights of the IPC-2013 program featuring compound semiconductors, include:

Plenary Sessions

•             The Flexibility of Coherent Optical Transceivers by Kim Roberts, Ciena

Tutorial Speakers

Tutorial talks, which provide a broad view of a photonics field starting from the basics, have been scheduled at various times throughout the conference on these topics:

•             Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers by Ivan Andonovic, University of Strathclyde

•             VCSELs for Green High Performance Computers and Computer Interconnects by Dieter Bimberg, TU Berlin

•             Photonic Microwave-to-Digital Conversion by Thomas Clark, Johns Hopkins University

•             Optical Sensors in Life Science and Medicine by Brian T. Cunningham, UIUC

•             Tutorial on Optical Micromanipulation by Kishan Dholakia, University of St Andrews

•             Nonlinear Propagation Effects in Multimode Transmission by Antonio Mecozzi, University d’Aquila

Panel Sessions and Special Symposia

•             There will be two panel discussions on Sunday, September 8th: Silicon Photonics and Photonics in the Pacific Northwest

•             There will be three Special Symposia at various times during the conference on the following topics: Optical Data Storage, Optogenetics and The Internet of Things

Post-Deadline Papers

A limited number of exceptional and timely papers reporting the latest breakthroughs may be submitted as post-deadline papers. They must be submitted to the Speaker Check-In Desk onsite by 9 a.m. on September 9th. The purpose of post-deadline papers is to enable participants to hear new and significant material in rapidly advancing areas. See http://www.ipc-ieee.org/call-for-papers.

Supplier Exhibits and Sponsorships

Supplier exhibits are included as an integral part of IPC-2013, and the conference also offers a variety of financial sponsorship opportunities to those who wish to highlight their offerings to this highly targeted audience of industry professionals. These sponsorships can be either pre-defined or individualized. For sponsorship information, registration questions and other event information, visit http://www.ipc-ieee.org/



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