Inaugural symposium on the science of light brings together old school and new school

Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012

OTTAWA, November 15, 2012 — The University of Ottawa hosted more than 140 physicists, students and industry representatives at its inaugural Schawlow-Townes Symposium on Photonics, in honour of Charles H. Townes and the late Arthur L. Schawlow. The conference featured internationally renowned experts from Germany, the United States and Canada, who presented new discoveries in the field of photonics.

The event also included a talk by Charles Townes and marked the beginning of a research partnership between the University and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen, Germany.

The symposium was organized by uOttawa professors Robert Boyd, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Nonlinear Optics and Paul Corkum, Canada Research Chair in Attosecond Photonics (National Research Council of Canada).

The first annual symposium is an important step toward realizing the University’s plan to build the largest photonics centre in Canada.

Charles Townes
Members of the University of Ottawa and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light

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