Frontiers in Optics

The Optical Society of America's (OSA) Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics 2006, will cover the breadth of optical science and engineering.

This meeting, co-located with Laser Science XXII, the annual meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Laser Science, unites these communities for five days of cutting-edge content, powerful networking and opportunities for scientific exchange. Exhibits featuring 80+ leading optics companies will complement the in-depth educational programming and offer attendees a glimpse of the latest optical technologies and products.

WHAT: The Optical Society of America's Annual Meeting – Frontiers in Optics 2006

WHERE: Rochester Convention Center, Rochester, New York, USA

WHEN: Sunday, October 8 – Thursday, October 12

WHY COME – PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Frontiers in Optics 2006 marks 90 years of optics innovation as the 90th Annual Meeting of the Optical Society of America. Highlights include:

  • Frontiers in Optics plenary session will focus on timely global issues, highlighting solutions in optics.

Featured sessions are:

  • The Energy Problem and What We Can Do About It, Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate, 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics, Lawrence Berkeley Natl. Lab, USA
  • Optics Meets Alzheimer's Disease: Seeing the Way to a Cure, Lee Goldstein, Harvard Medical School, USA

Technical topic highlights include:

  • The use of photon imaging to monitor blood flow in mice after stroke
  • Advances in imaging the eye in optical exams and studies of the eye; improved retinal imaging and eye examinations for people with diabetic retinopathy, an eye disorder that strike 40-45 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes
  • New methods of producing 3-D images in displays without the need for special glasses
  • Prototype system that produces color images in an endoscope, used in examinations of the esophagus and colonoscopies
  • A new technique using light to determine blood flow in human brain tumors
  • Award Session to recognize industry thought leaders
  • "What's Hot in Optics Now" session highlighting trends across the entire field of optics including biology and medicine, information science, vision and color and optical sciences
  • Women in Optical Society of America (WOSA) luncheon with keynote speaker Meg Moulton from the National Coalition of Girls' Schools on the state of female science education
  • "Best of Topicals" session highlighting one stand-out paper from each of OSA's 2006 meetings
  • FiO Special Symposia tribute honoring Emmett Leith, pioneer of practical holography
  • Educator's Programs designed to expose middle and high school science teachers to the world of optics through materials, equipment and training in a hands-on environment with optics professionals. Hands-on activities and demonstrations for children of all ages.

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