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Contact: Lyndsay Meyer
lmeyer@osa.org
202-416-1435
The Optical Society
@opticalsociety

Optics and photonics leaders, researchers and companies to convene at Frontiers in Optics 2013

Special programming in Orlando, Fla., includes presentations on the BRAIN Initiative

Innovations from more than 740 scientific, technical and educational presentations will be highlighted during The Optical Society's (OSA) 97th Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2013, being held Oct. 6 - 10 in Orlando, Fla. Co-located with Laser Science XXIX, the annual meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Laser Science (DLS), the meeting will cover the breadth of optical science and engineering in five days of cutting-edge content, as well as provide opportunities for networking and scientific exchange. Exhibits featuring leading optics companies will complement the in-depth educational programming and offer attendees a glimpse of the latest optics and photonics technologies and products.

WHAT: The Optical Society's Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics 2013

WHERE: Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando, Fla.

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 6 - Thursday, Oct. 10

FiO conference programming will cover a wide range of topics across the entire spectrum of optics and photonics. In addition to market and industry trend topics, FiO will feature hundreds of technical paper presentations from researchers on topics ranging from nanophotonics to high-power lasers. Programming highlights include:

Complimentary Business Programming

Beginning at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, FiO attendees are invited to join colleagues for free informative business programming and a networking reception. This special session will feature:

OSA's Enabled by Optics Inaugural Event
Oct. 8, 4:00 - 6 p.m.
Floridian Ballroom, Salons D - L, Corporate Theater

Celebrate optical technologies that have transformed the world with a market update by Tom Hausken, senior engineering & applications advisor at OSA. Then OSA's Executive Speaker Series will provide an interactive forum offering informal conversation with industry luminaries. This series features top leaders in the optics and photonics field sharing their personal viewpoints in a wide spectrum of topics including career paths, corporate observations and personal perspectives. This session will feature Marv DeVries, president of Trojan Technologies and corporate winner of the first annual Enabled by Optics award.

Exhibit Hall

FiO 2013 Exhibition
Oct. 8, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Oct. 9, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Floridian Ballroom, Salons D-L, Hilton Bonnet Creek

FiO's exhibit show floor features complimentary access to the latest products and innovations from more than 60 participating companies, spanning the optics and laser field. Industry leaders such as Edmund Optics, Fianium, the Florida Photonics Cluster, Newport Corp., Toptica Photonics and Thorlabs will be on hand. In addition to hearing the latest industry trends from company representatives in their booths, the exhibit includes educational programming from OSA's Student Chapters, technical presentations during the FiO Poster Session, and special business programming (noted above).

Plenary Session

The FiO Plenary Session focuses on timely global issues, highlighting the broad range of optics uses and solutions. Along with award presentations, featured speakers this year include three leading researchers in nonlinear optics, quantum information and silicon photonics.

FiO Plenary Session and Awards Ceremony
Oct. 7, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Bonnet Creek Ballroom, Salons I - III, Hilton Bonnet Creek

Plenary Speakers:

Award Speakers:

Technical Programming

Paper presentations from leading researchers around the world are divided into nine topical areas in optics, from biology and medicine to information science. A sample of highlighted presentations includes:

Special symposia organized by hot topic areas in the field include:

Symposium on the 100th Anniversary of the Bohr Atom: Niels Bohr's Nutcracker
Oct. 6, 4 - 6 p.m.
Bonnet Creek Ballroom, Salons I-III, Hilton Bonnet Creek

In July 1913, Niels Bohr transformed the understanding of light and matter. Though his simple idea seems obvious to us today, it was unprecedented at the time: take the quantization rule that Planck and Einstein had used to describe the energy of light, and apply it to the mechanical motion of particles in atoms. Although his specific atomic model was superseded by quantum mechanics, Bohr's basic concept endures and is often a useful guide to understanding new aspects of atomic, molecular and optical physics.

Symposium on Photonics for Quantum Information Processing
Oct. 7, 1:30 - 3:15 p.m., 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Bonnet Creek Ballroom, Salon VII, Hilton Bonnet Creek

The theme of the Symposium focuses on photonic components and architectures for a quantum information processing network. Topics include quantum optics techniques for storing, manipulating, and detecting photonic qubits, such as quantum frequency conversion; single-photon pulse shaping; atomic and solid-state quantum memories; hybrid quantum-information systems; fiber and on-chip waveguide quantum information systems; optomechanics for quantum information.

Symposium on Functional Imaging of Visual Systems
October 8, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Bonnet Creek Ballroom, Salon X, Hilton Bonnet Creek

Understanding the process of vision is critical for our understanding of normal ocular function and its malfunction in disease. New techniques are making possible in vivo analysis of retinal function. In addition to discussing the cutting-edge optical techniques required, this symposium highlights their important scientific findings.

Symposium on Advanced Distributed Optical Fiber Sensor Systems for Security and Safety Applications
Oct. 9, 8 - 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Bonnet Creek Ballroom, Salon X, Hilton Bonnet Creek

Distributed optical fiber sensors are becoming key technologies for security and safety in strategic industrial and civil sectors such as energy production, railway and roadway transportation, and health monitoring large civil and industrial infrastructures. This symposium will focus on recent developments in distributed sensing measurement techniques, representing the most advanced progress in the field, including recent research and industrial developments.

Post-Deadline Papers

Oct. 9, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Rooms vary, Hilton Bonnet Creek

The FiO 2013 Technical Program Committee accepts a limited number of post-deadline papers for presentation. The purpose of post-deadline sessions is to give attendees the opportunity to hear the newest breakthroughs in rapidly advancing areas. Only those papers judged to be truly excellent and compelling in their timeliness were accepted.

Special Events

Optics and the BRAIN Initiative: Challenges and Opportunities
Oct. 7, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Hilton Bonnet Creek Ballroom, Salon II, Hilton Bonnet Creek

Optical technologies will play a major role in the BRAIN initiative, providing non-invasive and microscopic imaging capability to investigate brain function. This special session will bring in eminent scientists from multiple disciplines to present the current status of optical imaging for neuroscience. Challenges and opportunities for optics in the BRAIN initiative will be highlighted. Government funding agency and industry perspectives will also be presented. Access is complimentary to all FIO attendees.

Speakers include:

The future of technology hinges on how great ideas find their way to market. Elizabeth Rogan, CEO of OSA, Tom Hausken, senior engineering & applications advisor at OSA and OIDA, and Jason Eichenholz, founder of Open Photonics Inc. will talk about the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) and how the open innovation model illustrates what the success of the NPI could look like - a viable bridge over the valley of death for emerging technologies.

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PRESS REGISTRATION: A press room for credentialed press and analysts will be located in the Hilton Bonnet Creek Sunday through Thursday, Oct. 6-10. Those interested in obtaining a press badge for FiO should contact OSA's Lyndsay Meyer at 202.416.1435 or lmeyer@osa.org.

About the Meeting

Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2013 is the Optical Society's (OSA) 97th Annual Meeting and is being held together with Laser Science XXIX, the annual meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Laser Science (DLS). The two meetings unite the OSA and APS communities for five days of quality, cutting-edge presentations, fascinating invited speakers and a variety of special events spanning a broad range of topics in optics and photonics--the science of light--across the disciplines of physics, biology and chemistry. An exhibit floor featuring leading optics companies will further enhance the meeting. More information at http://www.FrontiersinOptics.org.

Join the conversation at #FIO13.

About OSA

Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional society for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-world applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership programs, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of professionals in optics and photonics. For more information, visit http://www.osa.org.



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