Photonics West 2015 IYL Celebrate Light

Join Us at Photonics West 2015!

If you’re involved with photonics research or light-based industries, you’re probably looking forward to the start of SPIE Photonics West on February 7, 2015. We definitely are. As the largest laser, photonics, and biomedical optics conference in North America, Photonics West brings together more than 20,000 attendees for 5 days of presentations, courses, and special events.

This year’s conference is particularly special because the International Year of Light will be celebrated throughout the conference proceedings. Celebrate International Year of LightThe International Year of Light is a global initiative to raise awareness on the importance of light and light-based technologies and the vital role they play in our daily lives. Light-based technologies are revolutionizing our world and we’re excited to take part in an event that celebrates their impact and the future of photonics.

SPIE is a founding partner of the International Year of Light and the technical program at Photonics West demonstrates how advances in optics and photonics research are creating a better and brighter world. More than 4,700 presentations are divided among three symposia at Photonics West: BiOS, LASE, OPTO, and three virtual symposia: Translational Research, Green Photonics, and 3D Printing.

With more presentations than there is time, it’s always difficult to narrow down which ones to attend. Below are a few that we’ve penciled into our schedule:

Photonic glass-ceramics: consolidated outcomes and prospects
In this presentation, the authors discuss luminescent glass-ceramics and the importance of transparency, the effect of rare earth ions on spectroscopic properties, as well as their fabrication, assessment, and application in photonic systems.

OPTO, Session 7: Photonics/Waveguiding and Acoustics
Monday, February 9, 2015
4:00 PM – 6:10 PM

UVC LEDs on bulk aluminum nitride
Author, Leo J. Schowalter of Crystal IS, Inc. will discuss the advantages of ultraviolet light-emitting diodes for chemical analysis and disinfection applications. Recent advances have improved the efficiency and lifetimes of LEDs and are opening the door for new applications. He’ll share a new approach that Crystal IS has explored to form the device structure by using organometallic vapor phase epitaxy (OMVPE) to grow pseudomorphic epitaxial layers on a bulk AlN single crystal wafer.

OPTO, Session 12: LEDs I
Thursday, February 12, 2015
8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

High-power non linear frequency converted laser diodes
The blue-green spectral range is often used in biophotonic laser applications. In this presentation, researchers share different methods to efficiently generate light in the blue-green spectral range.

OPTO , Session 18: Nonlinear Optics
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
10:50 AM – 12:05 PM


Photonics West Exhibition

400,000 square feet. 1,250 companies. Countless innovative products and technologies. The Photonics West exhibition is packed with lasers, light sources, cameras, sensors, optical components, lenses and filters – you name it. On the exhibition floor, the latest products will make their debut and you’ll have an opportunity to discuss your needs with industry experts. Kopp Glass  Photonics West 2015

We’re happy to be exhibiting for a second year; you can find us in Hall ABC South at booth #136. We’ll have our expansive filter glass portfolio on display, featuring filter glasses with transmission properties ranging from the UV to visible to IR wavelengths.

Be sure to stop by the booth to ask our technical experts about our unique molding capabilities. Filter glass doesn’t have to come in a square. Our flexible manufacturing process combined with our custom glass engineering expertise gives you the flexibility to design truly innovative products that go beyond the standard flat square.


Product Demo: Filter Glass Spectral Calculator for New Product Design

With a portfolio that consists of more than 200 filter glasses, we have access to a tremendous amount of spectral data. We decided to take this wealth of data and create a tool that will help engineers determine the best filter glass earlier in the design cycle. We’re excited to introduce you to our new filter glass spectral calculator.

Join our technical experts on February 11, at 10:30 AM for a demonstration of the filter glass spectral calculator. We’ll walk through the tool and present several case studies to illustrate how this data can be used during new product development. We’ll show you how to find a glass that meets your total performance requirements as well as how to find glass substitutes.

Date and Details:
Presenter: Adam Willsey, Manager of Research & Engineering
South ABC Hall, Demo Area 1
Wednesday, February 11
10:30 AM PST

Take a sneak peek at the calculator now and come to the product demo to learn more about integrating it into your design process. If you can’t make the product demo, just stop by booth #136 and we’ll give you a personal demo there.


About the Author
Adam Willsey

Adam Willsey Adam joined Kopp Glass in 2009 after graduating from the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University with a BS in Biomedical Materials Engineering. In 2013, he completed his MS in Materials Science from Alfred University. As the Enabling Technologies Project Manager, Adam works closely with our engineers and production team to develop new glass compositions that meet our customer's color and transmittance requirements, while ensuring efficiency.