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Trends at the SPIE Photonics West



Photonics West 2018 will run 27 January through 1 February at the Moscone Center, in San Francisco, California, and is expected to draw 20,000 researchers, technology developers, and buyers to the international conference and exhibition on photonics.

 - San Francisco will welcome the visitors of the SPIE Photonics West.
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San Francisco will welcome the visitors of the SPIE Photonics West.

Global investment in quantum technology, LiDAR-driven breakthroughs in autonomous mobility, the role of 3D printing in Industry 4.0, and applications for virtual, augmented, and mixed reality are among the major topics in an industry program planned for SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco, California, early next year.

Industry sessions will run alongside two trade shows — the 1,300-company Photonics West Exhibition, the global photonics and lasers exhibition, and the 200-company BiOS Expo, the biomedical optics and biophotonics exhibition — as well as technical conferences with more than 5,200 leading-edge presentations, seminars, training courses, and other events.

Several industry-led workshops will provide grounding in a wide variety of topics, such as laser optics and polarizers, photodetectors, virtual prototyping, and laser materials processing. Panel sessions on silicon photonics, solid-state lighting, and graphene-CMOS integration will provide attendees with perspectives on growth opportunities. Recruiters from more than 30 companies are expected at the SPIE Career Center Job Fair (30-31 January).