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5200 Attend CLEO/QELS, PhAST

Photonics.com
Jun 2006
WASHINGTON, June 6, 2006 -- CLEO/QELS and PhAST 2006, held last month in Long Beach, Calif., attracted a total of 5200, according to the Optical Society of America, which organizes the event.

"Once again, CLEO/QELS and PhAST reiterated their roles as the leading events for the fields of lasers, electro-optics and photonics," OSA said in a statement. "With more than 1500 talks on the latest breakthroughs in research and applications, these conferences are the source of the most timely and innovative new developments for the industry."

OSA said attendance was consistent with previous shows. Technical attendance was strong, with more than 2500, and exhibit walk-in traffic remained steady with 2005. The CLEO exhibition showcased 358 participating companies this year, with almost a 100 percent increase in corporate sponsor participation.

"The show really is an international must-attend event, with approximately 25 percent of companies coming from outside the US," OSA said.

CLEO also launched the Terahertz Technologies and Applications subcommittee, a new topic area developed in response to a consistent increase in papers in this area over the last few meetings, OSA said.

Corporate sponsors were: Photonics.com, Andor Technology, Cleveland Crystals, Coherent, Del Mar Photonics, Edmund Optics, High Q Laser, Horiba Jobin Yvon, Incubic Venture Fund, New Focus, Newport, OPN, Symphotic TII, Thorlabs, Toptica Photonics.

CLEO/QELS and PhAST 2007 will be held May 6-11 in Baltimore. For more information, visit: www.cleoconference.org



GLOSSARY
electro-optics
1. The branch of physics that deals with the use of electrical energy to create or manipulate light waves, generally by changing the refractive index of a light-propagating material; 2. Collectively, the devices used to affect the intersection of electrical energy and light. Compare with optoelectronics.
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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