Space Debris, More Efficient LEDs, and Thinner, Cheaper Solar Cells


Advancing the Science and Technology of Light

Advancing the Science and Technology of Light

The Optical Society’s Renewable Energy & the Environment Congress highlights the role of optics in energy generation and conservation

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25—Scientists and engineers from around the world will convene in Austin, Texas next week as experts gather to discuss recent advances in optics and photonics—the branch of physics dealing with the science of light—affecting renewable energy and environmental research.

Journalists are invited to the Optical Society’s (OSA) Optics and Photonics Congress: Renewable Energy & the Environment, which will be held at the Omni Austin Hotel Nov. 2-3. Four co-located meetings will cover optics for solar energy, solid-state and organic lighting, photovoltaics, and instrumentation for energy and environmental applications . Press registration details are below.

In addition to seven plenary session keynote speakers from institutions such as the U.S. National Renewable Energy Lab and Stanford University, many of the research presentations at the meeting focus on the most cutting-edge discoveries in renewable energy and photonics, including new designs for solar cells and LEDs. Highlighted presentation topics include:

  1. Thousands of Sensors to Keep Watch on Earth’s Climate
  2. Looking for CO2 Leaks
  3. Let the Sunshine In
  4. Studying Space Debris: NASA Uses Optics to Help Reveal Size, Composition of Space Junk
  5. Novel LED Design May Boost Efficiencies
  6. ‘Inverted Pyramid’ Design Makes Thinner Wafers, Cheaper Solar Cells
  7. Toward a Simpler White Organic LED Design
  8. Improving Efficiency with Photonic Crystal Sandwiches
  9. ‘Power Droop’ Challenges of LEDs for High-power Lighting
  10. Plasmonics for Better Light Trapping

About the Meeting

The Renewable Energy & the Environment: OSA Optics and Photonics Congress provides a forum where speakers present the latest results in the energy/environment arena ranging from solar energy research to photovoltaic applications. This Congress is composed of four complimentary co-located meetings dealing with the most recent, high-impact optical advances in the energy and Evironment areas:

Optics & Photonics Congresses (OPCs) are clusters of new and established topical meetings in order to bring together leaders among communities within optics. Congresses are designed to retain the collegial settings of OSA topical meetings and provide richer experiences for networking, information sharing and discussion across the disciplines of optical science and engineering. They also offer opportunities for more special events including plenary sessions, symposia, short courses and joint exhibits. Scientists who attend the topical meeting of their discipline will not only have the opportunity to network with colleagues within their own field but can also learn more about other fields.

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PRESS REGISTRATION: Members of the media that are interested in obtaining a press badge should contact OSA’s Angela Stark at +1 202.416.1443 or astark@osa.org.

About OSA

Uniting more than 130,000 professionals from 175 countries, the Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit www.osa.org

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