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Welcome to the International Commission for Optics (ICO).

ICO is a Scientific Associate of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and an Affiliated Commission of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)

Territories of ICO - August 2008

Join LASERFEST: the celebration of the year of the laser 2010

1960-2010: Celebrating 50 years of the laser. Maria L. Calvo, ICO President.

The history of how the laser came to be by Tony Siegman.

Nature 187, 493-494 (1960), T. H. Maiman.

Thai 2010 Calendar celebrates the 50th anniversary of the laser

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ICO News

  • ICO Newsletter - Latest Issue (Now available as Newsletter PDF)

  • ICO solicits bids for organizing ICO-23. Deadline: October 15th 2010.

  • ICO/EOS Topical Meeting (TOM 7) on Optics & Energy
    EOS Annual Meeting 2010

    26 - 29 October 2010, Parc Floral De Paris, France
    Maria L. Calvo, ICO President
    Duncan T. Moore, ICO Elected Vice-President,
    Chair of the ICO Committee for Regional Development

    ICOEOS Annual MeetingUIPAP

    IUPAP offers 10 grants of 350 Euros each for physicists from developing countries to attend the TOM. Please send your application along with a copy of the abstract that you submitted to the Conference to Maria.L.Calvo, mlcalvo@fis.ucm.es by June 15th, 2010.

    ICO Prize and Galileo Galilei Award Ceremonies: EOSAM 2010 will host the ICO Prize and Galileo Galilei Award Ceremonies including the awardees' Ernst Abbe and Galileo Galilei lectures, on Thursday, 28 October 2010.

    ICO Prize 2009


    Rajesh Menon, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah and a affiliate of the Research Laboratory of Electronics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), for his "breakthrough achievement in nanolithography, in particular for his invention and development of the absorbance modulation method for a wider range of nanophotonic applications."
    Ernst Abbe Lecture: On breaking the Abbe diffraction limit in optical nanopatterning and nanoscopy. Abstract

    ICO Galileo Galilei Award 2009


    The 2009 Award is shared by

    Marat S. Soskin, Institute of Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, for "his achievements in the fields of tunable lasers, dynamic holography, and linear and nonlinear singular optics."
    Galileo Galilei Lecture: Singular optics of carbon nanotubes dispersion in liquid crystals. Abstract

    Dumitru Mihalache, Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Bucharest, Romania, "for his achievements in the field of theoretical nonlinear optics."
    Galileo Galilei Lecture: Nonlinear optical modes in micro- and nanostructured media: From light bullets to plasmonic lattice solitons Abstract

  • ICTP Winter College on Optics in Imaging Science
    31 January - 11 February 2011Poster in PDF

  • ETOP 2011. First announcement and call for papers
    8-10 July 2011-Ramada Hotel Gammarth-Tunis-Tunisia

    Chairs: Zohra ben Lakhdar (Faculty of Sciences Tunis -STO-TN)
    Vasudevan (Vengu) Lakshminarayanan (Canada)
    Conference coordinator: Mourad Zghal, tel: 0021698521757;
    email: mourad.zghal@supcom.rnu.tn

  • ICO officers Maria Calvo and Gert von Bally congratulate SPIE Photonics Europe grant winners