IAS Newsletter - Feb 2015 - page 23

Year 2015 is proclaimed as the International Year of Light and Light-based
Technologies by the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Over the years, light has been playing a vital role in our daily lives, not only
for illumination but also widely applied in communications and medicine.
On 24 November 2014, a symposium entitled “Light Science and Its
Applications” was held at IAS as a pre-celebration of the Year of Light.
Experts on optics were invited to share their findings and visions on the
development of optical materials and optical engineering.
The symposium was kicked off with two seminars delivered by IAS Visiting
Professors Marvin Cohen and Yuen-Ron Shen from the University of
California at Berkeley. The importance of optics in understanding the
electronic structure and laser spectroscopy of materials was discussed.
The latter half of the symposium concentrated on the new advances in
light based science and technology. Local experts from HKUST, the
Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University
revealed the recent applications of light in electronic engineering,
biotechnology and microscopy.
Event Highlights
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