New uses for EUV, VUV, x-ray featured at SPIE Europe Optics and Optoelectronics

CARDIFF, WALES, UK — New applications for EUV, VUV, and x-ray technologies and other hot topics in photonics will be among highlights of SPIE Europe Optics and Optoelectronics to be held next month in the Prague, Czech Republic, Congress Centre. Event dates are 20-23 April.
The congress will open with a hot topics session and will include two workshops on topics of particular interest to industry. Approximately 450 papers will be presented in 10 technical conferences, on:

Harnessing Relativistic Plasma Waves as Novel Radiation Sources from Terahertz to X-rays and Beyond
EUV and X-ray Optics: Synergy between Laboratory and Space
Damage to VUV, EUV, and X-ray Optics
Nonlinear Optics and Applications
Photon Counting Applications
Quantum Optics and Quantum Information Transfer and Processing
Optical Sensors
Photonic Crystal Fibres
Holography: Advances in Classical Holography and Modern Trends.
Several conference topics reflect renewed interest in EUV, VUV, and x-ray technologies that is being driven by new applications being developed in semiconductors, optics manufacturing, the defence and security industry, and other fields.
Hot topic presentations will cover:
The European vision of photonics, with an overview of recent developments as well as European- and national-level research funding opportunities; />John Magan, Deputy Head of Photonics Unit, European Commission, Information Society and Media Directorate-General, Belgium
Photon physics, from wave mechanics to quantum electronics/>; physical optics theorist Ole Keller, Institute of Physics and Nanotechnology Aalborg Univ., Denmark
The quantum free electron laser, a/> novel macroscopic quantum coherence phenomena; Rodolfo Bonifacio, Instituto Nationale Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Univ. degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Manufacture of high-tech products/>; Gerry Rausnitz, CEO and President, Meopta-optika a.s., Czech Republic, and President, Meopta U.S.A. Inc., USA.
Chairs Luis Roso, Univ. de Salamanca, Spain, and Bedrich Rus, Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, will lead a workshop on “The Emerging European Laser Facilities: Beyond Petawatt Workshop.” Focus will be on the present status and progress reports of transnational projects such as HiPER, ELI, and XFEL, and will include invited lectures by leading scientists and industry players.

The “CESLAB: Challenges in Optics and Optoelectronics” workshop will feature invited presentations by topical experts followed by a panel discussion. Chairs are Jaromir Hrdy, Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and Petr Mikulik, Masaryk Univ, Czech Republic.
Manuscripts accepted for presentation and publication will be published in the SPIE Digital Library, beginning immediately on approval after the end of the meeting.
See the event website for more information:
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