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Optica Incubator on Frequency Combs for Chemical, Biological, and Medical Applications

09 - 11 October 2024
Optica Global Headquarters, Washington, DC, USA


  • Judith Su, University of Arizona
  • Prineha Narang, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Bruce Hay, California Institute of Technology

Program Overview

Optical frequency combs are precise rulers which have been used for applications such as optical clocks and spectroscopy. Generating on-chip microcavity optical frequency combs for biological and chemical applications is an emerging area that is poised to have an impact throughout the optics and photonics community by significantly improving the sensitivity and specificity of biochemical sensors. The application of frequency comb technology to biology, chemistry, and medicine can lead to advances in molecular diagnostics as well as an improved understanding of disease mechanisms.

Scope and Goals

Through invited talks, panels, moderated discussion periods, and informal networking, the program will explore topics including on-chip frequency comb generation, novel materials, device theory, modeling, and design, as well as advanced manufacturing techniques.

The goal of this incubator is to bring together stakeholders from various fields, including frequency combs specialists, optical sensor developers, biologists, chemists, government and non-government sponsors, and industrial/business partners to develop state-of-the-art optical sensing capabilities and breakthrough opportunities. This incubator also aims to foster collaboration in the development of portable sensors.

This Incubator is supported in part by:

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation




Meeting Schedule

The program, including breakfasts and lunches, will be held at Optica Global Headquarters, 2010 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036. Dinners, which are also included in the registration fee, will be held at local restaurants. All times approximate, check back for a detailed agenda.

DAY 1 - 09 October 2024

  • Welcome dinner, location to be announced, at 18:00 EDT

DAY 2 - 10 October 2024

  • Breakfast begins at 08:00 EDT at Optica Global Headquarters
  • Program begins at 08:30 EDT, lunch is included onsite​
  • Networking dinner, location to be announced, begins at 18:00 EDT

DAY 3 - 11 October 2024

  • Breakfast begins at 08:00 EDT at Optica Global Headquarters
  • Program begins at 08:30 EDT, lunch is included onsite​
  • Adjourn at 14:00 EDT

Are you interested in attending?

A limited number of spots have been set aside at this invitation-only meeting for interested individuals to apply for. Please send a brief letter of interest along with a CV to the hosts at

Additional Information

This page will provide you with information on receiving a letter of invitation if required for your visa, as well as additional logistical and area information.

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