November 22, 2018
World of Photonics Congress: high-profile plenary speakers confirmed
Prof. Karsten Danzmann, Prof. Michal Lipson and Prof. Anton Zeilinger: These high-profile scientists will provide insights into their research projects at the upcoming World of Photonics Congress. Their plenary speeches focus on the detection of gravitational waves, silicon photonics and quantum photonics.
Prof. Karsten Danzmann will host both the opening plenary discussion at LASER World of PHOTONICS 2019 and the World of Photonics Congress 2019. In his opening speech ‘Listening to the universe with gravitational waves’, he will address methods for the detection of gravitational waves and the development of laser technologies that these methods require. Prof. Danzmann is the Director of Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) where he heads the division Laser Interferometry and Gravitational Wave Astronomy. Furthermore, he is the Director of the Institute of Gravitation Physics at Leibniz Universität Hannover.
Together with his team, he has developed measuring technologies for the two large gravitational wave detectors at the LIGO observatories in Livingston (Louisiana) and Hanford (Washington), where gravitational waves were directly measured for the first time on September 14, 2015. These measurements of signals from two merging black holes prove the existence of gravitational waves that Einstein had predicted 100 years ago as part of his general theory of relativity.
Prof. Michal Lipson and Prof. Anton Zeilinger came on board for the two plenary speeches at CLEO®/Europe – EQEC. Not only is CLEO/Europe-EQEC the largest event within the framework of the World of Photonics Congress, but it is also Europe’s largest conference on photonics research. Michal Lipson is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. Her research focus is on nanophotonics and includes the development of microstructured and nanostructured photonics components based on silicon technology. Her plenary speech will be about silicon photonics as well.
Prof. Anton Zeilinger is the Research Group Leader at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Vienna (IQOQI Vienna), and the President of the Austrian Academy of Sciences hosting this institute. Prof. Zeilinger is particularly renowned for experiments on quantum teleportation that he conducted in Innsbruck and Vienna, earning him the nickname ‘Mr. Beam’. Anton Zeilinger works intensively on applications of quantum physics with a focus on the areas of quantum information and quantum cryptography. Most of his research is concerned with fundamental aspects and applications of quantum entanglement for secure data transmission. Therefore, his plenary speech will be about entanglement.