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26 April 2022

Optica special events highlights at CLEO 2022 in San Jose

Bringing the CLEO Community Back Together Again

SAN JOSE, Calif. — CLEO, the world-renowned conference for laser science and photonics applications, will be presented in a hybrid format, 15 – 20 May 2022. This approach will accommodate speakers and attendees from across the globe with in-person and on-demand content. CLEO is co-sponsored by the American Physical SocietyIEEE Photonics Society and Optica.

At CLEO 2022, Optica members will have the opportunity to connect at networking meetups, honor recent Optica Fellows, and have professional headshots taken in the Optica booth (113).

Optica Networking Meetup: How Was Your Pandemic Experience?
Monday, 16 May, 18:30 – 19:30, Room 210A
Optica Integrated Photonics Technical Group and Nanophotonics Technical Group invite attendees to a panel discussion and networking event on Monday. Attendees will first have the opportunity to hear from our featured panelists, who will be discussing how COVID-19 impacted their research, how they overcame the challenges they faced during the pandemic, and how they’re preparing for the unexpected in the future. A chance to network with colleagues over refreshments will follow the panel discussion.

Women Pioneering the World of Quantum Computing
Tuesday, 17 May, from 11:00-12:30 
Join Sara Campbell from Quantinuum for a chat on the subject of “Things I wish I'd known sooner: grad school, mental health, and finding self-confidence.” Women have made great strides in the Quantum Computing space, but remain comparatively underrepresented. Because of this global shift, women pioneers are setting professional paths to the world of Quantum Computing. RSVP here.

What's Next in Integrated Photonics - Hot Topics at CLEO 2022
Tuesday, 17 May, 11:00 – 12:30, Hybrid: Webinar or Presented in Room 210E
Join the Optica Integrated Photonics Technical Group and Nanophotonics Technical Group for a panel discussion on Tuesday. Our featured presenters will give their perspectives on the exciting research that will be presented at CLEO: 2022. These presentations will be followed by a moderated question and answer session, discussing the highlights in integrated photonics at the conference. This event is an excellent opportunity to hear from experts in the field on exciting new areas in integrated photonics. Panelists will be announced before the event. RSVP here.

Frontiers of Guided Wave Nonlinear Optics
Tuesday, 17 May, 11:30 – 12:30, Speaker: Benjamin Eggleton 
In this short course, Benjamin Eggleton, director of The University of Sydney Nano Institute, will review recent research and applications in the field of nonlinear guided wave optics with emphasis on both fundamentals and emerging applications. Starting from a strong foundation in the principles of nonlinear optics, he will discuss recent progress in emerging nonlinear optical platforms with an emphasis on the different materials, including silicon, chalcogenide, III-V semiconductors, lithium niobate, photonic crystal fibers, and nanophotonic circuits. The course will establish key figures of merit for these different material systems and a general framework for nonlinear guided wave optics with emphasis on the applications in emerging areas of science and technology.

Optica Fellows and Honorees Luncheon
Tuesday, 17 May, 11:30 – 13:30, Room 111
Join Optica for a special networking luncheon to celebrate our new Fellows and honorees.
This event is invitation-only. RSVP here.

Coherent Mid-IR Light: Generations and Applications
Tuesday, 17 May, 12:00 – 12:30, Speaker: Konstantin Vodopyanov
This course, featuring Konstantin Vodopyanov from the University of Central Florida explores various techniques for producing coherent light in the important but challenging mid-IR region (roughly 2–20 µm). The course will detail modern approaches from various fields of photonics: solid-state lasers based on rare-earth and transition metals, fiber lasers, semiconductor lasers (including intra- and intersubband cascade lasers), nonlinear optical frequency conversion including difference frequency generators, parametric light generators and amplifiers, supercontinuum generators and Raman converters. The course will evaluate several emerging technologies such as supercontinuum generation in fibers, waveguides, and microcavities, and producing frequency combs. The course will cover the most important mid-IR applications such as medical and defense applications, spectroscopic sensing, nano-IR imaging, X-ray generation and extreme nonlinear optics.

3D Phase and Fluorescence Microscopy with Scattering Samples
Tuesday, 17 May, 13:15 – 13:45, Speaker: Laura Waller
This course, featuring Laura Waller, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, will describe new microscopy methods that use computational imaging to enable 3D phase (refractive index) and 3D fluorescence measurements in samples that are thick or incur multiple scattering, such as embryos or whole organisms. Waller uses image reconstruction algorithms that are based on large-scale nonlinear non-convex optimization to model the multiple scattering effects of light passing through the sample and discuss end-to-end learned designs for optimizing the hardware configurations. RSVP here.

Cracking the Optics Networking Event
Tuesday, 17 May, 18:30 – 19:30, Room 214
Join the Optica NonImaging Optical Design Technical Group for a cracking good time at this networking event on Tuesday evening. You’ll have an opportunity to relax and connect with colleagues while playing a round of optics trivia. RSVP here.

The Physics Behind the Quantum Internet
Wednesday, 18 May, 11:15 – 11:45, Speaker: Michael Raymer 
Michael Raymer invites beginners in the topic of quantum information to learn about: photons and how to use their quantum nature to ensure the privacy of internet data; photon state superposition and quantum entanglement; qubits and quantum computing; and the basic concepts that underlie the nascent Quantum Internet. These topics are part of the quantum information revolution now in full swing, emphasizing quantum information with photons and optics. The presenter authored a popular book, Quantum Physics: What Everyone Needs to Know, which presents a gentle introduction to the topics and will be optional reading for participants. RSVP here.

Pulse Compression, Shaping, and Characterization
Wednesday, 18 May, 13:00 – 13:30, Speaker: Marcos Dantus 
Pulse shaping is an integral part of every femtosecond laser, from chirped pulse amplification (CPA) to pulse compression. Learning about pulse shaping can help us better understand femtosecond pulses, dispersion, pulse characterization and pulse compression. This course, with speaker Marco Dantus, begins by describing a short pulse in the time and frequency domains, and how the spectral phase affects the temporal characteristics of a femtosecond pulse using hands-on computer simulations using a free pulse-shaping program. The course will also provide essential physics and a brief background of the development of shapers. It will also cover the experimental implementation requirements and some of the most salient applications of pulse shapers, among them: pulse compression; pulse characterization; creation of two or more pulse replicas; control of nonlinear optical processes such as selective two-photon excitation and selective vibrational mode excitation; material processing and microscopy. The course will provide a good foundation for those
wanting to understand short pulses, their characterization and compression. In addition, examples will be given regarding how pulse shaping can be used to control light-matter interactions. RSVP here.

Finite Element Modeling Methods for Photonics and Optics
Wednesday, 18 May, 13:30 – 14:00, Speaker: Arti Agrawal
Join Arti Agrwal from the University of Technology, Sydney for a short course in finite element modeling methods. Numerical modeling and simulation of optical devices and components is a key tool in improving performance by reducing time and monetary costs, design optimization and characterization as well as innovating new ideas. Both passive and active devices are modeled and optimized numerically. In some cases, simulation is the only way to explore phenomena where technology is not advanced enough for fabrication. The interaction of the optical beam with physical effects such as non-linearity, stress, strain, change in refractive index due to temperature and application of electric fields, are now extremely important. Modeling complements experimental work perfectly and almost no research is conducted without it. RSVP here.

Quantum Entanglement (Networking Mixer)
Thursday, 19 May, 15:00 – 17:30, Room 214
Join us Thursday 19 May for Quantum Entanglement, an informal opportunity for potential job hunters to meet engineers and recruiters from various companies. Students can meet with representatives and practice their networking skills, whether they are currently searching for a position or not. This is a networking event without resumes, without interviewing and without the pressure of saying everything right. Light refreshments will be provided happy hour style. RSVP here.

What’s Next in Nonlinear Optics? Hot Topics at CLEO: 2022
Thursday, 19 May, 18:00 – 19:00, Room 210D
Join the Optica Nonlinear Optics Technical Group for a panel discussion on Thursday, 19 May. Our featured presenters will share their perspectives on the exciting nonlinear optics research presented at CLEO 2022. There will be refreshments and an opportunity to network and connect with colleagues after the presentations.  This event is an excellent opportunity to hear from experts in the field on exciting new areas in nonlinear optics.  RSVP here.

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About Optica
Optica (formerly OSA), Advancing Optics and Photonics Worldwide, is the society dedicated to promoting the generation, application, archiving and dissemination of knowledge in the field. Founded in 1916, it is the leading organization for scientists, engineers, business professionals, students and others interested in the science of light. Optica’s renowned publications, meetings, online resources and in-person activities fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate scientific, technical and educational achievement.

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