Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO)

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14 May 2017 to 19 May 2017
San Jose, California

CLEO, the international forum for scientific and technical optics, offers six days of technical sessions, special symposia, tutorials, business programming, exhibits and special events, highlighting the latest research, applications and market-ready technologies in all areas of lasers and electro-optics.

The technical conference provides attendees with peer-reviewed, high-quality technical content, and numerous networking opportunities. There will be 25 topic categories in the core groups of fundamental science, science and innovations, and applications and technology.

Each year, CLEO holds Special Symposia, comprised of invited and contributed papers, on areas deemed to be topical and of special interest to conference attendees. This year’s subjects include: advances in metaphotonic devices; military applications of high power lasers; multimodal imaging in biophotonics; optical microcavities for ultrasensitive detection; optomechanics – towards the second quantum revolution; sources of nonclassical light and their scalability; thermal noise in precision interferometry; and ultrafast laser technology for x-ray free electron lasers.

CLEO will also hold a three-day exhibition from 16 to 18 May consisting of 200 international companies introducing new products and demonstrating cutting-edge innovations. Attendees are invited to partake in exhibit floor activities and programmes covering market trends and emerging technologies. As part of the ‘Market Focus’ programme, on Wednesday 17 May, government relations experts will speak about the political changes in the United States and Europe and how they could impact the optics and photonics industry. 

The ‘Technology Transfer’ session on Thursday 18 May will include a keynote presentation, a technology transfer tutorial and a pitch panel. The tutorial provides attendees an opportunity to learn more about the licensing process: funding, entrepreneurship, technology transfer, and intellectual property. In addition, organisations will feature their license-ready technologies at tabletop displays in the exhibit hall. The pitch panel provides entrepreneurs an opportunity to showcase their technology, explain why it's valuable and discuss the next steps to commercialisation.


Edmund Optics

At booth 1721, Edmund Optics will demonstrate its Techspec LC (low cost) fixed beam expanders, which use a simple, two-element Galilean design to provide cost effective, diffraction limited performance at the design input beam diameter of 1-2mm, the exact value dependent on model.  Beam expanders are used to increase the diameter of a collimated input beam to a larger collimated, less divergent output beam and are ideal in applications including laser scanning, laser materials processing, interferometry and remote sensing.

In this demo, users will be able to see that by expanding the beam initially, you decrease divergence, and this allows you to focus the beam tighter after the beam expands. The demo will show the focus spot size of a non-expanded beam, and then the same beam with a 5X beam expander and a 5X smaller spot size.


Laser Quantum

Visitors to Laser Quantum’s booth (1417) can learn about how the company’s lasers have been used in novel research across the globe. Products at the show include the Taccor 1 GHz femtosecond laser, a hermetically sealed, plug and play laser designed for nonlinear microscopy, THz generation and comb-based spectroscopic applications.

Laser Quantum will be showcasing its OPCPA, the first sub-8 femtosecond kHz-MHz amplifier capable of 20uJ pulses for high peak power and ultrabroad bandwidth needs.  In addition, a variety of products from the company’s continuous wave range will be on show, including; the Torus, the only actively-locked true SLM laser on the market; the Opus, a laser family with excellent beam parameters in a rugged, patented design; the Ventus, which offers high power in a compact design and features an industry-leading lifetime; and the Gem laser, a powerful, compact laser suitable for a wide-range of scientific applications including spectroscopy and fluorescence imaging.



PicoQuant will showcase its latest innovations in turn-key versatile picosecond pulsed laser solutions. The highlights include the fibre amplified Ldh-P-Fa-560 and four new modules from the VisIR/VisUV platform series. The 560nm light pulses provided by the LDH-P-FA laser head is optimally suited for the excitation of commonly used molecular probes, such as mCherry, RFP, or DsRed and provides exciting opportunities for spectroscopy or microscopy applications in bioanalytics, biochemistry, genetics, semiconductor characterization, and quality control. The VisIR/VisUV platform line-up has been rounded out in the green and NIR spectral ranges with the new models VisUV-1064, VisUV-532-hp, VisIR-1530, and VisIR-1530-hp. These compact picosecond pulsed laser devices are well suited for application requiring higher laser powers such as, e.g., lidar or in-situ Raman spectroscopy.

The Optical Society