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April 2007 Number 71


ICO solicits bids for organizing ICO-22

Territorial Committees are invited to host the 2011 ICO Congress.

Prof. Gert von Bally of ICO.

The ICO Congresses are organized every three years. The Congress consists of the General Business Meeting as requested by the ICO statutes and of a Scientific Conference that should cover the wide disciplinary field of optics in its entirety. The purpose of this letter is to solicit bids for organizing the 22nd ICO Congress to be held in 2011. Usually the Congresses are organized in August or in early September. While the ICO aims that the Congresses would alternate between the various parts of the world, highly qualified proposals from all areas are encouraged and all bids will be considered. The 21st ICO Congress will be held in July 2008 in Sydney, Australia, whereas the ICO-20 Congress was in Changchun, China with the title: "Challenging Optics in Science and Technology". The 2002 Congress (ICO-19) was in Florence, Italy and in 1999 (ICO-18) and 1996 (ICO-17) the Congresses were in San Francisco, California (USA) and in Taejon, Korea, respectively.

Applicants preparing their bids are referred to the Information and Questionnaire Form on ICO Congresses and other major ICO events that can be found on the ICO home page: Please submit your bid by completing the Questionnaire Form, including the necessary enclosures, and send it to me electronically or by airmail by 15 April 2007 for the consideration by the Bureau.

Gert von Bally, ICO Associate Secretary (in charge of meetings),


Svetlana Boriskina wins ICO/ICTP Prize

The 2007 ICO/ICTP Prize has been won by Dr Svetlana V Boriskina for her contribution to optics and photonics in the Ukraine.

Dr Svetlana Boriskina with prize diploma in hand at the award ceremony at ICTP in Trieste, Italy.
(M Silvano, Public information office and ICTP Photo Archives)

The ICO/ICTP Prize is addressed to young researchers from developing countries (as defined by the United Nations), who conduct their research in these countries. The award is delivered to scientists less than 40 years old (on December 31 of the year for which the award is given), who are active in research in Optics and have contributed to the promotion of research activities in Optics in their own or another developing country. For the year 2007 the Prize has been accorded to Dr. Svetlana V. Boriskina, from the School of Radiophysics, V. Karazin Kharkov National University, Kharkov - Ukraine. The citation of the Prize reads: "The prize is assigned for her original work in the development of numerical modeling techniques for optoelectronic devices, micro-optical resonators, dielectric lenses and waveguides and for her active commitment aimed at the diffusion of research in optics in Ukraine".

Svetlana Boriskina received the M.Sc. (hons.) and Ph.D. degrees in Radio-physics from V. Karazin Kharkov National University (KNU), Kharkov, Ukraine, in 1995 and 1999, respectively. From 2000 to 2005 she worked in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK, first as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and then as a Research Fellow. In 2005 she returned to KNU and is currently working there as a Senior Research Scientist. In 1990s, Dr. Boriskina's research at KNU was focused on developing rigorous analytical methods and advanced software tools based on boundary integral equation techniques. These tools were initially applied to modeling reflector antennas and narrow-band dielectric waveguide filters. Later on, Svetlana's research interests shifted to the field of optics and photonics, and now include micro- & nano-photonics and plasmonics.

During the last two years, Dr. Boriskina has established an original research program in micro and nano-photonics at KNU. Her on-going research is focused on the development of theoretical framework and software tools for the spectral design and modeling of photonic and plasmonic micro- and nano-structures, both ordered and disordered. The results of this research hold high promise for improving performance of existing and creating novel photonic devices, such as low-threshold semiconductor microlasers, wavelength-selective optical filters and temperature-sensitive switches, near-field imaging systems and bio(chemical) sensors. A new innovative lecture course "Electromagnetic Theory on Micro- and Nano-Scale" that Svetlana developed based on her research has been awarded with a 2006 SPIE Educational Grant. Svetlana is also supervising several graduate and undergraduate student projects.

Dr Boriskina, a senior research scientist at V Karazin Kharkov National Univeristy (KNU), Ukraine.

Organizers and participants at the Young Researchers Career Development Workshop at KNU.

KNU OSA Student Chapter members.

Dr. Boriskina authored the order of 90 journal and conference publications, and coordinated or participated in several international research projects. She has made numerous regular and invited talks at major international conferences and taught tutorials at Ukrainian seminars for young researchers. She is the Organizer of the Special Session on Micro-resonators and Photonic Molecules at the International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks (ICTON, Dr. Boriskina is also active in conducting various youth optics education outreach activities, including adaptation of optics educational materials to non-English speaking audiences and organizing outreach events for grade-school and university students. She was a founder of Student Chapters of OSA and SPIE at KNU ( and now serves as the chapters Faculty Advisor. Among the chapter activities in 2006 was organization of a Young Researchers Career Development Workshop in Kharkov, which was partially supported by ICTP and brought together student chapters not only from various regions of Ukraine, but also from USA and Australia.

Dr. Boriskina has been awarded SUMMA Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Advanced Electromagnetics, IEEE MTT Society Graduate Student Scholarship, Royal Society/NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship, ISSEP Foundation Scholarships, and numerous travel grants to attend topical meetings. Svetlana is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), a Member of the Optical Society of America (OSA), and a Member of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE).

Svetlana Boriskina received the diploma and cash award on a special ceremony at the occasion of the Winter College of Fiber Optics, Fiber Lasers and Sensors, held at the "Abdus Salam" International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy on February 14, 2007. She was delivering the invited ICO/ICTP Award Lecture on: "Scattering theory and modeling of light propagation in nano-photonic devices based upon boundary integral equations (BIE)". The ICO/ICTP Prize Committee consists on: A. Wagué (Chair), A, Consortini, G. Denardo and M. Danailov. The Prize is now open for nominations for 2008. Information can be found in:


2006 ICO Topical Meeting focuses on optoinformatics

A report on the 2006 ICO Topical Meeting.

Prof. Vasilev opening the meeting. To the right, the three co-chairs: A Pavlov, M L Calvo and J Jahns.

Valentin L Vlad receives the 2005 Galileo Galilei Award diploma and medal from Anna Corsortini, president of the Italian Society for Optics and Photonics, while Ichirou Yamaguchi, chair of the ICO Galileo Galilei Award Committee, looks on.

Discussion at the poster session.

Immanuel Bloch receives the 2005 ICO Prize diploma and Ernst Abbe Medal from Ari T Friberg, ICO president, in the presence of Yoon Kim, chair of the ICO Prize.

Participants after the special session dedicated to PHOTONICS 21 and the closing ceremony.

The International Commission for Optics (ICO) organizes every year one Topical Meeting (out of the years coinciding with the General Assembly), dedicated to very specific topics of current interest for our global community. For the year 2006 the topics in Optoinformatics and Information Photonics have revealed the enormous activity and potentiality of this field and being somehow the continuation of a previous series of workshops on Optoinformatics held in precedent years at the Saint Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO).

The meeting held in September 4 to 7, 2006, was collocated with the Information Photonics 2006 series of meetings. Information Photonics is organized every two years under the ICO and OSA Steering Committee initiative. The two meetings were organized within the framework of the IV International Optical Congress "Optics - XXI Century" and were sponsored by ICO, IUPAP, OSA, EOS, INTAS and Dynasty Foundation.

The meeting was opened by Prof. Vladimir N. Vasilev, President of ITMO. A total of 500 participants from all over the world were attending the various parallel focus sessions dedicated to: "Applications of Optoinformatics", "Bio-Optics, Bio-Photonics, High resolution imaging, Vision and Photoreceptors", "In Memoriam of Emmet Leith and Yuri Denisyuk: Enlightening the world of Holography" (to honor two of the three founders of holography, along with Denis Gabor), "Optical Microscopy and Metrology", "Optical Transformations and their Applications in Optical Signal Processing", "Quantum Optics and Quantum Information", "Recent Advances in Femto-second Laser Technology", "Signal and Image Processing and Digital Holography".

In these sessions invited speakers specialists of the field supplied a "state-of-the-art" view of the contributed subjects: H. John Caulfield, Michael Lebby, Ventseslav Sainov, Ichirou Yamaguchi, Hans I. Bjelkhagen, Kevin Curtis, Asher Friesem, Rainer Hagen, Norbert Hampp, Dimitri Psaltis, Elena Korchemskaya, Levent Onural, Adrian Podoleanu, Arnaud Dubois, Dan Ferguson, Bahram Jalali, Yoshiaki Yasuno, Gerhard Birkl, Maria Chekhova, Claude Fabre , Serge A. Massar, Eugene Polzik, Anastasia Rodichkina, Vladimir P. Tychinsky, Brian Vohnsen, Gabriel Cristóbal , Ari T. Friberg, Kurt Bernardo Wolf , Zeev Zalevsky, Christof Debaes. In addition, the ceremonies of the ICO Prize 2005 and ICO Galileo Galilei Award 2005 took place. The two awardees, Immanuel Bloch and Valentin L. Vlad delivered the Award Lectures: "Exploring Quantum Matter in Crystals of Light" and "Spatial Solitons and Soliton Waveguides in Photorefractive Crystals", respectively. The meeting was closing with a special session dedicated to PHOTONICS 21, the European Technology Platform with contributions of Chris Dainty, Georg Kelm and Malgorzata Kujawinska and followed by a quite alive discussion among the attendees.

Due to the large number of contributed papers, many had to be accommodated in the Poster Session. So a very interesting Poster Session was generated with more than 100 posters.

The social activities were dedicated to the visit of the Saint Petersburg monuments and a boat travel by night on the Neva River showing the great inspiration of this splendid city.

A special issue of Optics and Spectroscopy will appear by November 2007 with selected contributions of the communications presented in Saint Petersburg's Topical Meeting. It will reflect, at least partially, the most sounded results and subjects shown in the eight general Focus Sessions.

While writing this brief report, it is time to thank to all colleagues who have actively participated in the success of the event. Without their presence and work the scientific level of the meeting could never have been accomplished. This constitutes a very long list of talented and enthusiastic colleagues: the local organizers, the ITMO academic authorities and the great appreciative hospitality, all the Chairs of the Focus Sessions, the participants and attendees. The magnificence of the Saint Petersburg city was an added point of quality.

An important challenge for ICO is to organize international forums in which seniors and young researchers from all over the world meet and discuss by producing a fruitful and creative atmosphere. We should do our best to achieve this goal as much as possible.

Maria L. Calvo, Jürgen Jahns, Alexander Pavlov, Co-Chairs.


ROMOPTO 2006 highlights Romanian success in optics

Clementina Timus, Valentin Vlad and Nikos Vainos review the conference held on 28-31 August 2006.

The ROMOPTO 2006 International Conference on optics and photonics - the eighth one from the series of conferences initiated in 1982 by Acad. Professor Ioan Ursu and Academician Alexandr Michailovich Prohorov in Romania was organized by the National Institute of Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Bucharest, and the Faculty of Engineering "Hermann Oberth" of the University" Lucian Blaga" from Sibiu. The chairman of the conference was Professor Valentin Vlad.

Norbert Kroo, vice-president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, addresses the audience at the conference's opening ceremony.

Some of the participants at the gate of the "Hermann Oberth" Faculty of Engineering at the "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu, Romania, where the conference was held.

The topics of the conference were related to recent applications of modern micro-and nano-photonics in material science, information science and technology, optoelectronics, biology and environment, sensing and metrology.

These conferences have the purpose of providing to scientists and also to young scientists the opportunity to share experience, to discuss the results, to stimulate interdisciplinary research and consider the prospects of applications. By its position Romania tries to play an active role in the promotion of scientific contacts, being partner in many international projects and developing activities in partnership with institutes and universities from neighbor countries but also from all the other countries. Collaborators became faithful friends, admiring and appreciating the culture of Romania and interested to discover the recent evolution in its recent admission at the European Union. To better know the country the organizing committee decided to host the conference in different places from Romania at Constanta at the border of the Black sea in 2003 and now in Transylvania - Sibiu, one of the best preserved Middle Age city in Romania selected to be on the side of Luxembourg, cultural capital of Europe in 2007.

More than 180 papers have been submitted in the six topics, organized in 3 parallel sessions and 6 plenary presentations. The plenary sessions have been honored by the distinguished professors: M.J. Soileau University of Central Florida, Orlando, Norbert Kroo Vice-President of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Guenter Huber, Institut für Laser-Physik, Universität Hamburg, Reshef Tenne Weizmann Institute, Israel, Joseph Zyss, Ecôle Normale Supérieure Cachan, France. The contribution papers had been organized in 36 invited lectures, 52 oral presentations and 76 posters. The plenary sessions had a very large audience as the topics proposed by the authors were of high interest.

It was a pleasure to notice the largest participation in this edition of 72 foreigners from 18 countries and about 90 Romanians. The participation of many young scientists was possible by the generous support of the international organizations and institutions: SPIE, PHOREMOST, ICTP and ICO. The organizing committee decided to accept oral presentations of young scientists to offer them the opportunity to select, organize and convince the auditorium about their own contributions. It is to notice, that many of the young scientists proved to develop a high level work performed in the laboratories from Romania and abroad, in the frame of the international NATO or EU projects. The conference had as well, the aim to educate the young scientists, to be in contact with the most prestigious professionals in the fields and have the opportunity to defend in poster sessions the results obtained.

Posters, magazines and leaflets have been sent by SPIE and ICO and the participants could inform themselves about the professional societies and facilities offered to the full members and especially for the young scientists. It is necessary to mention that the Romanian SPIE Chapter had been organized since 1992 and since 1994 there is an ICO Territorial Committee. The SPIE Student Chapter had been organized in 2001.

The quite large number of papers submitted imposed the presentation in 3 and even 4 parallel sessions. The workshop " Advanced photonics materials and sources" coordinated by professor V. Lupei and the panel "Photonic nonlinear devices and circuits" chaired by professor V. Vlad had been held, as well.

During the conference a trip was organized at Sighisoara the best preserved Middle Age city from the XV-th century, belonging to the world cultural heritage, UNESCO protected. The Saxon churches from the villages in Transylvania have been much appreciated by the participants.

It is to mention the excellent organization by the local committee and total disposal to offer hospitality, guides for social program- much appreciated by all participants.

Clementina Timus, Secretary of Organization, Valentin Vlad, Chair, Nikos Vainos, ICO Representative.


Travelling Lecturer visits Brazilian centres

Between December 9 and 23, 2006, Dr. Héctor Rabal visited several research centres in Brazil under the ICO Travelling Lecturer Program auspices: Federal University of Lavras, University of Campinas and Sao Paulo University.

Dr. Rabal is a fellow of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONICET) and professor at the University of La Plata (UNLP), Argentina and is currently the Argentinean representative at ICO.

Dr Rabal delivering a lecture at the Department of Physics of the University of São Paulo in Brazil.

In the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA), Minas Gerais State, he delivered a series of talks on different topics on Fourier optics including Digital Speckle Patterns Interferometry (DSPI) and Dynamic Speckle methods and applications that were grouped into a brief course for engineering and science of computing students. He also had the opportunity to maintain several talks with students that were preparing their graduation and post-graduation works on dynamic speckle applications. Also, the administrative tasks related with the edition of a book on Dynamic Speckle were performed with Dr. Roberto Alves Braga Jr, who rules together with Dr. Giovanni Rabelo the Laboratory of Laser and Optics. In this laboratory several experiments are conducted that use dynamic speckle phenomena related to concrete applications to Biomedicine and Environmental Science.

At the University of Campinas he participated in the meeting organized by the Brazilian Local Territorial Committee of Optics. It was coordinated by Dr. Jaime Frejlich and was devoted to the organization of the forthcoming Ibero-American Conference on Optics (RIAO) and Latin-American meeting on Optics, Lasers and Applications (OPTILAS) (VI Reunión Iberoamericana de Óptica (VI RIAO) y IX Encuentro Latinoamericano de Óptica, Láseres y sus Aplicaciones (IX OPTILAS)) to be held at that place next October 21 to 26, 2007. He also maintained talks with Dr. Dal Fabbro and other local researchers on several common interests concerning dynamic speckle and moiré.

In the University of Sao Paulo, Dr. Rabal was received by Dr. M. Muramatsu, head of the Optics Laboratory. Here he delivered a talk on "Dynamic Speckle: Fundamentals and applications" at the Physics Department. He also assisted to a very interesting interdisciplinary meeting of members of the group of optics with personnel of the Hearth Institute (Instituto do Coração - InCor) and participated in an actual application to the monitoring of the cicatrisation process of Low Power Laser Therapy, using laser speckle techniques. Many fruitful talks were held with Dr. M. Muramatsu, Dr. Armando Tavares (National University of Rio de Janeiro), Dr Walter Pontuschka and with several enthusiastic students on dynamic speckle characterization tools, on optics measurement instruments, on didactical experiments for the teaching of optics, in particular on image formation and hand drawn holograms.

A visit was done to a workshop of Teaching Laboratory, coordinate by MSc. Claudio Furukawa, demonstrating many interesting devices about Optics, Thermodynamics, Mechanics, to undergraduate students.

Dr. Rabal was very grateful to the warm hospitality and interest that he received in the mentioned centres. Several contacts were established for continuation of the interaction.

Read more information on the ICO Travelling Lecturer Program.

Héctor Rabal.


International Commission for Optics

Bureau members (2005-2008):

President: A T Friberg;

Past-President: R. Dändliker; Treasurer: A Sawchuk;

Secretary: M.L. Calvo, Departamento de Optica, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas, Ciudad Universitaria, E 28040 Madrid, Spain, phone +34 91 394 4684, fax +34 91 394 4683, e-mail

Associate Secretary: G von Bally

Vice-Presidents, elected: S N Bagayev, A M Guzmán, G F Jin, B Y Kim, M Kujawinska, H Lefèvre, J Love, I Yamaguchi

Vice-Presidents, appointed: J. Braat, M. Gu, I.C. Khoo, G. Sincerbox, H.P. Stahl, A. Wagué

Senior Adviser (ad personam): P. Chavel.

IUPAP Council Representative: Y. Petroff