Space Exploration and Super-Resolution Microscopy to be Discussed at Imaging and Applied Optics Conference

Applied optical technologies enhance product offerings and help expand the market reach of organizations in very diverse segments of global commerce, with applications in environmental, defense, oil and gas, food and beverage, medical and pharmaceutical sectors.

This year’s Imaging and Applied Optics Conference (AIO) brings together optics researchers from public and private entities with experience in overcoming the challenges of deploying and commercializing new technologies. Programming topics will include instrumentation, metrology, imaging systems, applied spectroscopy, clinical diagnostics, harsh environment systems, emerging laser and photonic technologies.

“During my presentation at Imaging and Applied Optics, I will outline the mission design of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), planned for launch in October 2018,” said Dr. John Mather, 2006 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics and senior astrophysicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA. “The JWST utilizes high performance imaging optics to see beyond what the great Hubble Space Telescope can see, farther away and farther back in time.”

Detailing his presentation, Dr. W.E. Moerner, 2014 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry and professor at Stanford University, California, USA, said, "My presentation will explain how light paves the way to single-molecule detection and photo control, critical elements for surpassing the optical diffraction limit. Super-resolution microscopy has led to a greater understanding of structures in cells and provides an exciting opportunity to observe molecules and their interactions in 3D with a degree of clarity never thought possible.”

Plenary Sessions

Sharing their insights on space exploration and trends in microscopy, two Nobel Prize winners and leaders in optics will deliver plenary keynotes at Imaging and Applied Optics 2015, 7 – 11 June 2015, at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View, Arlington, Virginia, USA.

Monday, 8 June, 10:30 – 11:30, Salon D, Renaissance Arlington Capital View

  • Sarah Kobašlija, Aramco Research Center, USA
    Presentation:Optical Materials and Systems for Nondestructive Testing in the Oil and Gas Industry

Tuesday, 9 June, 08:00 – 09:30, Salon 4, Renaissance Arlington Capital View

  • John Mather, 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
    Presentation: The James Webb Space Telescope
  • Shree Nayar, Columbia University, USA
    Presentation: Advances in Computational Imaging

Wednesday, 10 June, 09:00 – 10:00, Salon 4, Renaissance Arlington Capital View

  • W.E. Moerner, 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Stanford University, USA
    Presentation: Light Paves the Way to Single-Molecule Detection and Photocontrol Foundations of Super-Resolution Microscopy


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