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January 2018 Number 114

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Report on the International Workshop on Optics and Photonics, 2017

Five days international workshop on Optics and Photonics

Dr. Joseph Niemela, ICO treasurer.

Dr. Javed Ashraf, QAU Vice Chancellor.

Dr. Imrana Ashraf, Chief Organizer of the conference.


Five days international workshop on Optics and Photonics (IWOP), organized by Dr. Imrana Ashraf, was inaugurated at the Department of Physics Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad, Pakistan on December 11, 2017. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together the ICO-ICTP Gallieno Denardo Award winners and other leading scientists from around the world, working in the area of Optics and Photonics.

Dr. Joseph Niemela (ICTP, Italy), while Inaugurating the workshop noted that it was an excellent platform to gather together talent from different parts of the world. He emphasized that science is international and naturally involves collaborations across diverse national boundaries, and so it was good to have so many scientists from different parts of the world together, sharing their knowledge.

QAU Vice Chancellor, Dr. Javed Ashraf while addressing the inaugural session said the conference would be helpful to promote new ideas, discuss latest research trends and share the innovative work in the field of Physics. He appreciated the efforts of the organizers and welcomed the participants including the international students from Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Russia and China.

Dr. Imrana Ashraf, Chief Organizer of the conference said the activity has been designed to promote light sciences and applications within Pakistan’s scientific community including its students. She said the workshop structure will allow students and young researchers to meet and interact informally with the plenary speakers and other international participants. She also thanked the Prof. Joseph Niemela (ICTP, Italy), Prof. Miguel Alonso (University of Rochester), Prof. Ali-Reza Mouradi (University of Zanjan), Prof. Parviz Elahi (University of Bilkent), Prof. Humberto Cabrera (Institute of Scientific Research, Venezuela) for sparing time and attending the workshop.

In addition to the lectures, practical training with laboratories was also conducted, covering a variety of topics, including the basics of optics, information processing, Fourier optics and laser spectroscopy. A variety of topics were addressed in the workshop, including Classical Optics, Quantum Optics, Atom Optics, Nonlinear Optics, Optical Engineering, Fiber Optics, Optoelectronic Devices, Laser Spectroscopy, and Optical Imaging.

Prizes were provided by the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), for the best oral and poster presentations respectively. The prize for best oral presentation was shared between Ozge Demirtas (Middle East Technical University, Turkey) and Sviatoslav I. Gusev (ITMO University, Russia). Poster prizes were given to three students: first prize was shared by Sidra Jamil (Quaid-I-azam University, Pakistan) and Vahideh FarzamRad (Zanjan University, Iran), while M. Khairol Anuar Zaini (University of Malaya, Malaysia) took the second place prize. The workshop concluded on December 15, 2017. 

Dr. Imrana Ashraf, Chief Organizer of IWOP 



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