Rochester companies, researchers highlighted during OSA Frontiers in Optics Annual Meeting

October 15, 2008

Innovations from dozens of local companies will be highlighted during the Optical Society's (OSA) Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2008, scheduled for Oct. 19 - 23 at the Riverside Convention Center in Rochester. The meeting will take place alongside Laser Science XXIV, the annual meeting of the American Physical Society's Division of Laser Science.

FiO will cover the breadth of optical science and engineering through five days of cutting-edge content, powerful networking and opportunities for scientific exchange. Exhibits featuring nearly 100 leading optics companies will complement the in-depth educational programming and offer attendees a glimpse of the latest optical technologies and products.

More than 75 research papers from local Rochester researchers will be presented during FiO covering a wide range of topics across the entire spectrum of optics and photonics. Highlights include:

 New Optics for Improved Solar Power Generators. Researchers with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are working to make solar cells more efficient with the goal of providing soldiers in the field with inexpensive portable solar power generators. These generators would be no larger than a laptop and able to recharge in about an hour. University of Rochester Professor Duncan Moore is part of the research team working on this project for DARPA.

 The Future of Solid-State Lighting. Solid-state lighting, the production of energy-efficient lighting in a semiconducting light emitting diode (LED), is becoming increasingly popular. It is already being used for automobile brake lights and traffic lights. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute scientist E. Fred Schubert, a pioneer in LED research, will report on the first-time achievement of units operating at both high currents and power levels, making them a more viable alternative to current lighting options.

As one of the leading optics research clusters in the country, Rochester is an ideal city to host OSA's Annual Meeting. OSA was founded in Rochester in 1916 with 30 members. Today, there are more than 14,000 members worldwide and Rochester remains the largest OSA local chapter.

Rochester is home to more than 50 leading optics, imaging and photonics companies as well as a renowned university program in optics and photonics, which have collectively been responsible for developing breakthrough products and technologies at the forefront of industry applications and solutions.

WHAT: The Optical Society's Annual Meeting - Frontiers in Optics 2008

WHERE: Rochester Convention Center Rochester, N.Y.

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 19 - Thursday, Oct. 23
For additional information or to register, contact Keira Shein at 410.363.9494 or

The Optical Society

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