ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The immense potential of emerging optics and photonics technologies will be on display at a free conference on Friday organized by the University of New Mexico.
The conference, which will celebrate the United Nations’ proclamation of 2015 as the International Year of Light-based Technologies, will feature panel discussions and presentations by local and national leaders, including a keynote speech by Harvard professor Roy Glauber, who shared the Nobel prize for physics in 2005.
The conference aims to strengthen academic and industry collaboration in developing and deploying optics and photonics technologies, said Earl Fuller, special assistant to the director of UNM’s Center for High Technology Materials, which jointly organized the conference with the School of Engineering’s Optical Science and Engineering program.
UNM lost its bid this year to become part of a federally-backed “center of excellence” for integrated photonics manufacturing headed by the University of Southern California. In July, the federal government instead chose a multi-state team headed by the State University of New York, which will now receive $110 million in matching funds from the U.S. Department of Defense to establish a manufacturing hub.
But UNM wants to build on the momentum generated by the federal competition to promote more research and development here.