Description The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), in collaboration with the International Commission for Optics (ICO), the Optical Society of America (OSA), the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), the European Optical Society (EOS), the Societa Italiana di Ottica e Fotonica (SIOF), the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and the International Society on Optics Within Life Sciences (OWLS) will organize a Winter College on Optics: Light: a Bridge between Earth and Space , which will be held at ICTP, Trieste, Italy, from 9 to 20 February, 2015.

DIRECTORS: A.Piegari (Optical Coatings Laboratory-ENEA, Italy), E.Armandillo (European Space Agency, The Netherlands), W. Chen, (Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, China)

LOCAL ORGANIZERS: J. Niemela (ICTP, Italy), M. Danailov (Elettra, Trieste) The use and application of optical technologies and instrumentation in space has allowed mankind to make significant advances in the knowledge and understanding of our planet and the universe. For example, with the optical “eyes” installed on meteorological satellites we can forecast weather patterns across the globe and gain a better understanding of climate change, as well as the complex inter-relation between the biosphere, geosphere, and atmosphere. Looking outwards, both within and beyond our galaxy, optical systems allow deep space observation for Astronomy and other fundamental research (e.g., origin of the universe, the search for habitable planets, space gravitational field, etc.). The Winter College will cover all aspects of optical-based observing systems, which include also advanced light-based technologies (photonics). The lectures are divided in three parts: the first one will be dedicated to optics and photonics components, the second part to instruments and technologies and the third part to space applications.

MAIN TOPICS
- Optical components and systems
- Photonic components and sensors
- Optical instruments
- passive and active instrumentation
- Optical atomic clocks, cooled atom physics, laser guide stars
- Space satellite applications and missions: meteorology, climatology, atmospheric research, geodesy, gravimetry, astronomy, telecom, navigation, cosmology, planetology, etc.
- Space optics project phasing: from concept to launch and exploitation.

An ICTP PREPARATORY SCHOOL will be organized the week before the College (from 2 to 6 February 2015) for a limited number of selected participants. The Preparatory School will provide background tutorials and exercises designed to help the participants in following the College lectures.
The LAMP (Laser, Atomic and Molecular Physics) program is intended for presentations by the participants. All participants are encouraged to present their own research, either in poster form or as a short oral presentation, and the program will be finalized sufficiently prior to the start of the College. Poster prizes will be awarded, sponsored by the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).

PARTICIPATION Scientists and students from all countries that are members of the United Nations, UNESCO or IAEA may attend the College. As it will be conducted in English, participants should have an adequate working knowledge of this language. As a rule, travel and subsistence expenses of the participants should be borne by the e home institution. Every effort should be made by candidates to secure support for their fare (or at least half-fare). However, limited funds are available for some participants, who are nationals of, and working in, a developing country. Such support is available only for those who attend the entire activity. There is no registration fee.

HOW TO APPLY The link to the online application form can be accessed below.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: OCTOBER 20, 2014
Go to day
  • Monday, 9 February 2015
    • 08:00 - 18:00
      • 08:00 Registration 1h30' ( LB, Lobby, Entrance Level )
        Those who have already registered for the Preparatory School do not need to register again.
      • 09:30 Opening Ceremony 30'
      • 10:00 Light in the Universe: formation and propagation 1h0'
        Speaker: Paolo De Bernardis (Universita' di Roma La Sapienza, Italy)
        Material: Slides
      • 11:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:30 Light Waves and Matter Waves 1h0'
        Speaker: Guglielmo Tino (Universita' di Firenze, Italy)
        Material: Slides
      • 12:30 Lunch break 2h0' ( LB Cafeteria )
      • 14:30 Telescopes and Polarimeters for the study of Cosmic Light 2h0'
        Speaker: Paolo De Bernardis (Universita' di Roma La Sapienza, Italy)
        Material: Slides
      • 16:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 17:00 Optical Atomic Clocks 1h0'
        Speaker: Guglielmo Tino (Universita' di Firenze, Italy)
        Material: Slides
  • Tuesday, 10 February 2015
    • 09:00 - 18:00
      • 09:00 From Ultraviolet to X and gamma rays (I) 2h0'
        Speaker: Giovanni Pareschi (INAF-Brera, Italy)
        Material: Slides
      • 11:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:30 From Ultraviolet to X and gamma rays (II) 1h0'
        Speaker: Giovanni Pareschi (INAF-Brera, Italy)
        Material: Slides
      • 12:30 Lunch break 2h0' ( LB Cafeteria )
      • 14:30 Detecting optical radiation from the Gamma to the Infrared (I) 2h0'
        Speaker: Alain Bardoux (CNES, France)
        Material: Slides
      • 16:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 17:00 Optical Sensors for Space Observation 1h0'
        Speaker: Errico Armandillo (ESA, The Netherlands)
        Material: Slides
  • Wednesday, 11 February 2015
    • 09:00 - 18:00
      • 09:00 Optical Technologies for Space Observation 2h0'
        Speaker: Errico Armandillo (ESA, The Netherlands)
      • 11:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:30 Detecting optical radiation from teh Gamma to the Infrared (II) 1h0'
        Speaker: Alain Bardoux (CNES, France)
      • 12:30 Lunch break 2h0' ( LB Cafeteria )
      • 14:30 LAMP Talks 1h30'
        Presentation n.1
        VAZQUEZ ROBLEDO Ricardo Arturo 
        Remote Sensing Camera for the Satellite Project Condor UNAM-MAI
        
        Presentation n.2
        ALIVERDIEV Abutrab 
        High-power laser-matter interaction: experiment, data processing and
        simulations
        
        Presentation n.3
        MALAN Daniel François 
        The Phoenix-20 compact Hyperspectral Satellite
        
        Presentation n.4
        ASGARI Pegah 
        Optical surface topography using Fresnel diffraction from 2-D reflection phase steps
        
        Presentation n.5
        ROY Sanchita 
        Light scattering experiments and simulation: key to optical characterization of small particles
        
        Presentation n.6
        ARCHER Justice 
        Investigation of surfaces of single evaporating microdroplet of suspension
        
        Presentation n.7
        SHABAT M.M.
        Left handed Photonic Crystal Waveguide Sensors, TE and TM cases 
      • 16:00 LAMP Poster Session 2h0'
        Refreshments will be served during the poster session.
  • Thursday, 12 February 2015
    • 09:00 - 18:00
      • 09:00 Infrared technologies for remote sensing of the atmosphere (I) 2h0'
        Speaker: Ugo Cortesi (CNR-IFAC, Firenze, Italy)
        Material: Slides
      • 11:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:30 Infrared technologies for remote sensing of the atmosphere (II) 1h0'
        Speaker: Ugo Cortesi (CNR-IFAC, Firenze, Italy)
      • 12:30 Lunch break 2h0' ( LB Cafeteria )
      • 14:30 Adaptive Optics, Laser guide stars 2h0'
        Speaker: Roberto Ragazzoni (INAF-OAPD, Padova, Italy)
        Material: Slides
      • 16:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 17:00 Planetary Spectrometry (I) 1h0'
        Speaker: Fabrizio Capaccioni (INAF-IASF, Roma, Italy)
        Material: Slides
  • Friday, 13 February 2015
    • 09:00 - 21:00
      • 09:00 Study of Comets: Rosetta mission 2h0'
        Speaker: Giampaolo Preti (Selex Es, Firenze, Italy)
        Material: Slides
      • 11:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:30 Planetary Spectrometry (II) 1h0'
        Speaker: Fabrizio Capaccioni (INAF-IASF, Roma, Italy)
      • 12:30 Lunch break 1h30' ( LB Cafeteria )
      • 14:00 Visit to Elettra 3h0' ( LB Lobby )
        Meeting Point: Leonardo Building Lobby, Entrance Level at 14:00 promptly.
      • 20:00 A few topics of History of Astronomy 1h0' ( Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: Pietro Benvenuti (Universita' di Padova, Italy)
  • Monday, 16 February 2015
    • 09:00 - 18:30
      • 09:00 Spaceborne laser technology for Lidar Remote Sensing 2h0'
        Speaker: Weibiao Chen (SIOM Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, P.R. China)
        Material: Slides
      • 11:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:30 Lidar applications to atmospheric studies 1h0'
        Speaker: Juan Carlos Antuna (GOAC, Cuba)
        Material: Slides
      • 12:30 Lunch break 2h0' ( LB Cafeteria )
      • 14:30 Contribution of the synergy of the ground-and-space-borne remote sensing to atmospheric research 2h0'
        Speaker: Juan Carlos Antuna (GOAC, Cuba)
        Material: Slides
      • 16:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 17:00 LAMP Talks 1h30'
        Presentation n.1 
        IQBAL Shahid
        Coherent States of nonlinear harmonic oscillator and nonclassical light
        
        Presentation n.2
        ISLAM Rajibul Md. 
        Characterization of acousto-optic effect on in-fiber fabry-perot resonator
        
        Presentation n.3 
        STANKOVIC Nina 
        An analysis of W-shaped plastic optical fibres by WKB approximation
        
        Presentation n.4
        MUKHERJEE Subhrajit 
        Single Silicon Nanowire based Broadband Photodetector with Superior Responsivity
        
        Presentation n.5
        BAKHSHI Hadi
        Image restoration using aberration taken by a Hartmann wavefront sensor on extended object, 
        towards deconvolution
        
        Presentation n.6
        SUTHAR Madhuri 
        Design of Silicon Slot waveguide based Modulator
        
        Presentation n.7
        GOUNE CHENGUI Geraud R. 
        Theoretical and experimental study of slow-scale Hopf limit-cycles in laser-based wideband 
        optoelectronic oscillators
  • Tuesday, 17 February 2015
    • 09:00 - 18:00
      • 09:00 Meteorology, Climatology, Space Weather 2h0'
        Speaker: Daniele Biron (Aeronautica Militare, Italy)
        Material: Slides
      • 11:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:30 Monitoring weather and climate from Space I 1h0'
        Speaker: Dieter Klaes (EUMETSAT, Germany)
        Material: Slides
      • 12:30 Lunch break 2h0' ( LB Cafeteria )
      • 14:30 Monitoring weather and climate from Space II 2h0'
        Speaker: Dieter Klaes (EUMETSAT, Germany)
        Material: Slides
      • 16:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 17:00 UV-Solar irradiation measurements 1h0'
        Speaker: Salvatore Scaglione (ENEA, Roma, Italy)
        Material: Slides
  • Wednesday, 18 February 2015
    • 09:00 - 21:00
      • 09:00 Earth Observation programs at ESA 2h0'
        Speaker: Jean Loup Bezy (ESA, The Netherlands)
        Material: Slides
      • 11:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:30 Optical materials resistance in the Space environment 1h0'
        Speaker: Salvatore Scaglione (ENEA, Roma, Italy)
        Material: Slides
      • 12:30 Lunch break 2h0' ( LB Cafeteria )
      • 14:30 Optical Filters for Space Instrumentation 2h0'
        Speaker: Angela Piegari (ENEA, Roma, Italy)
        Material: Slides
      • 16:30 ICO/ICTP Gallieno Denardo Award Ceremony 1h30'
        The 2015 award is shared by two researchers: Rajan Jha from India and Rim Cherif from Tunisia. 
        Material: Award webpage
      • 19:15 ICO Reception 1h45' ( AGH Cafeteria )
  • Thursday, 19 February 2015
    • 09:00 - 20:00
      • 09:00 Photonics in Telecommunication Satellites Payloads 1h30'
        Speaker: Nikos Karafolas (ESA, The Netherlands)
        Material: Slides
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:00 Optical Satellite Networking 1h0'
        Speaker: Nikos Karafolas (ESA, The Netherlands)
        Material: Slides
      • 12:00 Lunch break 2h0' ( LB Cafeteria )
      • 14:00 Satellite and Lunar Laser Ranging: Science and Technology Applications 2h0'
        Speaker: Simone Dell'Agnello (INFN, Italy)
        Material: Slides
      • 16:00 The International Year of Light 2015 30'
        Speaker: John Dudley (EPS President)
      • 17:00 Visit to the Astronomic Observatory (Basovizza, Trieste) 3h0'
        16:30-17:00 --> collection of the packed dinner at the bar (1st floor)
        
        17:00 --> meeting time at the Leonardo Building Lobby, Entrance Level
  • Friday, 20 February 2015
    • 09:00 - 20:00
      • 09:00 Photonics in Satellite Platforms and Launchers 1h0'
        Speaker: Iain Mckenzie (ESA, The Netherlands)
        Material: Slides
      • 10:00 Qualifying Photonics for the Space Environment 1h0'
        Speaker: Iain Mckenzie (ESA, The Netherlands)
        Material: Slides
      • 11:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:30 Discussion and Closing Activities 1h0'
      • 17:00 Visit to the Astronomic Observatory (Basovizza, Trieste) 3h0'
        Meeting Point: Leonardo Building Lobby, Entrance Level at 17:00 promptly.