Welcome to Montreal, Canada, the site of the 2011 Photonic Society Summer Topicals
The Topical Meetings of the Photonics Society are the premier conference series for exciting new areas in photonic science, technology, and applications, creating the opportunity to learn about emerging fields and to interact with the research and technology leaders in an intimate environment. The meetings will be held at the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure in the second largest French-speaking city in the world.
The 2011 Summer Topical Meetings are focussed on "Advanced Communication and Far Infrared Applications.” The following 3 Topicals meetings will be held:
- Entanglement Distribution in Quantum Communication and Beyond
- Terabit Optical Ethernet
- Mid Infrared Solid State Light Sources, Challenges, and Applications
A unique aspect of the Topical Meetings is that Photonic Society member volunteers propose and organize these meetings. Hence I would like to thank each of the Topical Chairs and the Program Committee Members who have volunteered and invested their time organizing these conferences. I also want to thank the plenary and invited speakers for giving us their perspectives on the exciting new developments and the challenges in these four fields. Finally I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Photonic Society Conference Staff for their professional organization and arrangements.
This topics to be discussed in this year's Summer Topicals span a broad range from quantum mechanics, communication theory, semiconductor photonic device technology, military and commercial applications, and many more. In addition to the technical presentations, hallway discussions, and other networking, I hope that you have a chance to experience (and taste!) some French culture and North American history contained within beautiful Montreal. Have a great time!