Light Our Future: The National Photonics Initiative
The U.S. Advisory Committee for Optics, through its participating societies, is actively supporting the National Photonics Initiative, which grows out of the NRC report, Harnessing Light II, Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for our Nation, released in August 2012. The committee was instrumental in the early stages of the report, writing a white paper which outlined the need to update the original Harnessing Light report (1998). The white paper eventually served as the basis for the study.
Harnessing Light II provides a current assessment of optics, photonics, and optical engineering in the United States, prioritizes research grand-challenge questions to fill technological gaps, and recommends actions to support global leadership in photonics-driven industry. The report, conducted by the NRC Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design, recommended that the federal government develop a "National Photonics Initiative" to bring together academia, industry, and government to steer federal research and development funding and activities.
Following one of the report's key recommendations, SPIE and four other photonics and optics societies launched the National Photonics Initiative (NPI), a collaborative alliance among industry, academia and government. The NPI effort is being led by founding sponsors SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and The Optical Society
(OSA), and sponsored by three additional societies -- the American Physical Society
(APS), the IEEE Photonics Society
, and the Laser Institute of America
(LIA). As noted on the NPI website, the goals of the Initiative are to: • raise awareness of photonics and the impact of photonics in our everyday lives • increase cooperation and coordination among US industry, government and academia to advance photonics-driven fields • drive US funding and investment in areas of photonics critical to maintaining US economic competitiveness and national security.
Winter College on Optics: Fundamentals of Photonics - Theory, Devices and Applications
Location: The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy
Duration: February 10 - 21, 2014
Description: Scientists and students from all countries that are members of the United Nations, UNESCO or IAEA may attend the Workshop. Main topics will include fundamental of photonics, electromagnetic optics, waveguides theory, integrated optics, photonics circuits, computational methods for photonic devices design and characterization, waveguide platforms and optoelectronic circuits, technology transfer, and photonics in biomedicine and renewable energy. Learn more by consulting the Workshop's invitation letter.
SPIE Photonics West 2014
Location: San Francisco, CA
Duration: February 1 - 6, 2014
Description: SPIE Photonics West is SPIE's largest and most influential conference for biophotonics, biomedical optics, industrial lasers, optoelectronics, microfabrication, optical MEMs, and green photonics. Photonics West includes the entire spectrum of light-driven technologies and attracts researchers and product developers from around the world. SPIE Photonics West has five renowned symposia, 4,600 R&D presentations, as well as two of the most important laser and biomedical optics exhibitions in the industry. Learn more by consulting SPIE's website.
ICO-23: General Congress of the International Commission for Optics
Location: Santiage de Compostela, Spain
Duration: August 26-29, 2014
Description: This conference is ICO's most important scientific and technical meeting and it is organized every three years. This congress reports on the latest advances and innovations in Optics and related areas. During the event, top level specialists will deliver keynote speeches and exhibitors of prestigious commercial companies will be present. Learn more by consulting ICO's website
ETOP'2013: Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference
The 12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, ETOP’2013, was jointly organized by Portugal’ and Tunisia’ Territorial Committees of ICO and was held at Faculty of Science of the University of Porto in Porto, Portugal on July 23 to 26, 2013.
Congratulations to our 2012 USAC-Student Best Paper Awardee!
- Siddharth G. Tallur, PhD candidate at Cornell University, won the award based on his paper "Electro-Mechanically Induced GHz Rate Optical Frequency Modulation in Silicon".