The SPIE Photonics West 2016 technical conference and exhibition returns to The Moscone Center in San Francisco, February 13-18, offering attendees the opportunity to explore the latest innovations in lasers, photonics, optics, optoelectronics, biophotonics, biomedical optics, 3D printing and more. As in the past, the event will once again kick off with BiOS, the world’s largest biomedical optics conference, before transitioning into the Photonics West conference and exhibition. Last year’s event hosted more than 21,000 attendees and put the products and services of over 1,250 exhibitors on display. More than 4,800 technical papers will be available to conference participants throughout the week.

Technical Conference

This year’s technical program consists of three separate conferences – BiOS, LASE and OPTO - designed to help attendees quickly and accurately access their areas of interest.

BiOS: BiOS, which is the world's largest biomedical optics conference, gives attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in the areas of biomedical optics, diagnostics and therapeutics, new imaging modalities, optical coherence tomography, and tissue optics. The conference is divided into six tracks:

  • Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics;
  • Clinical Technologies and Systems;
  • Neurophotonics, neurosurgery, and optogenetics;
  • Tissue Optics, Laser-Tissue Interaction, and Tissue Engineering;
  • Biomedical Spectroscopy, Microscopy, and Imaging;
  • Nano/Biophotonics.

LASE: LASE is the Laser Technology and Industrial Laser Conference where attendees can learn about the latest laser manufacturing; laser materials processing; micro-nano packaging; fiber, diode, solid state lasers; laser resonators; ultrafast, semiconductor lasers and LEDs; and 3D fabrication technologies. The five conference tracks offered by LASE are:

  • Laser Source Engineering;
  • Nonlinear Optics;
  • Semiconductor Lasers and LEDs;
  • Laser Micro/Nanoengineering;
  • Laser Applications.

The busy show floor at SPIE Photonics West (SPIE Photonics West)
OPTO: OPTO is the Optoelectronics and Photonics Conference part of SPIE Photonics West, devoted to addressing the latest developments in a broad range of optoelectronic technologies. Attendees can expect to hear the latest on silicon photonics, photonic crystals, optoelectronics, semiconductor lasers, quantum dots, and nanophotonics research. OPTO is organized into eight conference program tracks:

  • Optoelectronic Materials and Devices;
  • Photonic Integration;
  • Nanotechnologies in Photonics;
  • MOEMS-MEMS in Photonics;
  • Advanced Quantum and Optoelectronic Applications;
  • Semiconductor Lasers and LEDs;
  • Displays and Holography;
  • Optical Communications: Devices to Systems.

In addition, three Photonics West Application Tracks will be available to give attendees access to technical papers and presentations featured at conferences they may not be able to attend:

SPIE Photonics West gives exhibitors an opportunity to demonstrate their latest technology. (SPIE Photonics West)
Green Photonics: SPIE Green Photonics 2016 will highlight papers dealing with solid state lighting and displays, laser-assisted manufacturing and micro/nano fabrication, communications, and renewable energy generation via fusion and photovoltaics. Topic areas to be addressed include:

  • Laser-assisted Manufacturing and Micro/Nano Fabrication;
  • Renewable Energy Generation: Fusion and Photovoltaics;
  • Environmental Monitoring and Sensing;
  • Solid State Lighting and Displays;
  • Communications.