CLEO 2017 Concludes in San Jose with Strong Attendance; Focus on Breakthrough Research in Laser Science and Commercial Applications

Plenary presentations detailed latest developments in Gravitational Wave Science, Ultrafast Lasers, Quantum Electronics and Biophotonics

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA — The Optical Society announced today that CLEO 2017 (CLEO) has concluded with more than 4,000 attendees, 200 exhibitors and over 2,000 research presentations. With comprehensive, peer-reviewed technical sessions and market focused exhibit-floor programming, CLEO provided attendees an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves in a broad range of fundamental and applied laser science research. From quantum cascade lasers on silicon, to skin-mounted wearables and high capacity quantum computers, this year’s CLEO conference provided a platform to foster the development of today’s laser and electro-optical devices.

Comprehensive High-Quality Programming
“CLEO provides high-quality programming that marries industry and academic research sparking innovation in a number of critical applications — from biomedical applications to industrial lasers and photonics applications,” said Nicusor Iftimia, Physical Sciences Inc., USA, general co-chair of CLEO.
Keynote Programming
Christopher Contag, Stanford University, USA 
Insertable, Implantable and Wearable Micro-optical Devices for the Early Detection of Cancer
Optical imaging tools have the ability to scale from a macro- to a nanoscopic resolution. This provides higher imaging resolution at the cellular level — an important step in cancer detection. Contag’s presentation detailed developments in the field of optical imaging for cancer identification, diagnosis, prognosis and therapy.

Ataç İmamoğlu, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Polaritons in Two-dimensional Electron Systems
Cavity-polaritons have emerged as an exciting platform for studying the interactions of bosons in a driven-dissipative setting. During his plenary presentation, İmamoğlu described current activities in cavity spectroscopy supporting research thrusts in quantum dot technologies.

Ursula Keller, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Ultrafast Solid-state Lasers:  A Success Story with no End in Sight
From precision micromachining, to high frequency metrology and nonlinear microscopy, the ultrafast solid-state laser market continues to grow in technology applications. Keller’s presentation detailed the latest research in passive modelocking for power scaling of diode-pumped, ion-doped solid-state and semiconductor lasers.
Nergis Mavalvala, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Gravitational Wave Detectors of the Future: Beyond the First LIGO Discoveries
In February 2016, scientists announced the first ever detection of gravitational waves from colliding black holes, launching a new era of gravitational wave astronomy and unprecedented tests of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Searching for fainter or more distant sources requires ever greater sensitivity for the laser interferometric detectors that made these first discoveries. Mavalvala’s presentation described current efforts to improve the sensitivity of gravitational wave detectors and their prospects for future discoveries.
Industry Leading Companies in Lasers and Electro-Optics
More than 200 companies exhibited at CLEO 2017, taking advantage of the annual industry-leading gathering to introduce new products and demonstrate cutting-edge innovations. Companies such as Calmar Laser, Coherent, Continuum, Edmund Optics, Newport, Menlo Systems, Thorlabs, Toptica Photonics and many others showcased state-of-the-art technology including; ultrafast lasers, spectroscopy, optical pulse technology and nanophotonics. The CLEO exhibit hall featured presentations on the state of the optics and photonics industry, precision manufacturing using ultrafast lasers and special topical symposia on: Advances in Metaphotonic Devices, Military Applications Of High Power Lasers, Multimodal Imaging in Biophotonics, Optical Microcavities for Ultrasensitive Detection and more.
About CLEO
With a distinguished history as the industry's leading event on laser science, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) is the premier international forum for scientific and technical optics, uniting the fields of lasers and opto-electronics by bringing together all aspects of laser technology, from basic research to industry applications. For more information, visit the event website at Save the date for CLEO 2018, 13 – 18 May at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California, USA.

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

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