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SPIE expects biggest year yet for Photonics West 2011

The organisers of SPIE Photonics West, the world's largest event encompassing industrial and medical applications of optics, lasers, and photonics, have announced that the 2011 will be the largest yet, with more papers and expanded exhibition space. The conference and exhibition will take place 22-27 January at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, USA.

Approximately 18,000 attendees are expected to convene in technical sessions, industry panels, two exhibitions, and other events covering advances in medical therapeutics and diagnostics, semiconductor, gas, fibre, and diode lasers, micro/nanofabrication, MEMs, optoelectronic materials and devices, displays, communications, and related topics.

The Photonics West exhibition is more than 90 per cent sold out, SPIE said, with three months to go before the event; more than 1,200 exhibiting companies are expected. Highlights include new product announcements from more than 100 companies, international pavilions from several countries, booths from photonics clusters from four US states, product demonstrations, and the SPIE Job Fair.

Among the new conference topics that will be discussed in 2011 are RF and millimetre-wave photonics, e-papers and flexible displays, coherent optical communication, and the photonic and phononic properties of engineered nanostructures.

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