Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tuesday is a Mega-day at CLEO

All you have to do is flip to the schedule-at-a-glance in the conference program to see that today is a Mega-day or maybe I should say Tera-day at CLEO. Besides the technical program, the expo opens at 10:00 am, so does the history of the laser exhibit in the exhibition hall, the market focus presentations begin at 10:30 am, the welcome reception begins at 6:30 pm, and the day concludes with the Lasers Rock concert in the San Jose Civic auditorium (the Spanish mission-style building across from the convention center).

The line-up of the Lasers Rock concert is:

Phat Photonics, Oregon Health & Science Univ., USA
Eric Hansotte, Maskless Lithography, USA
Free Lunch Band, Lawrence Livermore Nat'l Lab, USA
Brian Kolner, Univ. of California Davis, USA
Bob Fisher, RA Fisher Associates, LLC., USA and Steven Block, Stanford Univ., USA
Yoshiaki Nakajima, Fukui Univ., Japan

Rumor has it that Steven Block is a capable bluegrass musician. I'm also particularly interested in hearing Brian Kolner who's fantastic 1994 review paper in J. Quant. Electronics, "Space-time duality and the Theory of Temporal Imaging" was the basis for much of my thesis work. Time-lens work appears in this conference in presentations CThBB7, JTuD57, and CThN5.

As I am trying to think of songs with references to lasers to request at the concert, I can only think of one, Killer from Queen, "Gunpowder, Gelatine, dynamite with a laser beam..." There must be more. Any help blogosphere?

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