Date Announced: 14 Sep 2020
New webinar series from SPIE.Online to address optical polarization and related topics.
BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA — On 29 September, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, will introduce the Henri Poincaré Webinar Series on Optical Polarization and Related Phenomena via its SPIE.Online program.
The brainchild of Thomas A. Germer, a physicist and leader of the Surface and Interface Metrology Group, Sensor Science Division, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), this interdisciplinary series will bring together speakers from across the globe to explore topics derived from Henri Poincaré's work on optical polarization. The interactive investigations will also demonstrate contemporary applications of polarization techniques in various research areas and how they relate to each other, and are extended, for example, to non-paraxial optics.
With its commitment to extensive Q & A sessions, this series has a particular focus on engendering new collaborations and research opportunities for scientists in relevant fields. "The reason I chose polarization science for this SPIE-hosted webinar series, is that this topic extends across nearly all of photonics," notes Germer.
"Optical radiation is a vector field! And while there are conferences scattered around the world specifically related to certain aspects of polarization, they are often tied to specific applications whether those might be materials science, remote sensing, biomedical optics, or astronomy. One of the hopes for this series is that it will allow for energetic and lively discussions. In the end, I really hope to bring the global polarization-focused community together."
Webinar facilitators are Germer, Jessica C. Ramella-Roman of Florida International University, and the École Polytechnique's Tatiana Novikova. The program is supported by an international committee of volunteer leaders: Oriol Arteaga, University of Barcelona (Spain); Sophie Brasselet, Institut Fresnel (France); Nirmalya Ghosh, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (India); Igor V. Meglinski, Aston University (United Kingdom); Valery V. Tuchin, Saratov State University (Russian Federation); and Scott Tyo, University of New South Wales (Australia).
Initial speakers scheduled to participate include their peer leaders in the polarization field:
For more information and to get updates regarding new speakers, dates, and times for the Henri Poincaré Webinar Series on Optical Polarization and Related Phenomena please visit its SPIE.Online page.
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