!!!XXXIX Max Born Symposium:
!!5th International Symposium “Optics & its Applications” (OPTICS-2017)
!3 - 7 July 2017, Wroclaw, Poland
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The goal of this symposium is to bring together experienced and young scientists from various countries working on optics, and to provide a perfect setting for their discussions of the most recent developments in that area.

More information can be found [here|http://www.ift.uni.wroc.pl/~optics2017]

Wroclaw is predestined as place for this Symposium by its rich academic tradition for developments in Physics and Optics. In the 19th century Kirchhoff and Bunsen founded here a laboratory on spectroscopy later taken over by Lummer and Pringsheim who triggered the development of Quantum Physics with their measurements of blackbody radiation laws.

Max Born, who was a student at the University of Wroclaw, worked temporarily in this laboratory after his PhD in Göttingen (1905), before turning to a career in Theoretical Physics and becoming the founding father of modern Quantum Mechanics (Nobel prize 1954) and author of the famous textbook „Principles of Optics”. This shall be reminded in a public lecture (Prof. Walter Dittrich) in the Oratorium Marianum of the University Main Building about “The Life and Work of Prominent Physicists at Breslau University until 1933”. This will be open also to the general public and serve as public outreach of our academic event.

Different aspects of the broad spectrum of the present status of Optics and its Applications are selected and presented in invited lectures, contributed talks and posters. Highlights are the overview by the Director of SPIE, the Society for Optics & Photonics (__Eugene Arthurs__), the lectures on singular optics by __Sir Michael Berry__, and the outlook on “Frontiers for optics: the EU flagship project for quantum technologies” by __[Juergen Mlynek|Member/Mlynek_Jürgen]__, the former president of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.

It is a tradition of the symposia on “Optics & its Applications” that the program is held at different Institutes of the venue. In Wroclaw the three major academic Institutions will be attended by the participants: 
*the University of Wroclaw (3, 7 July in Oratorium Marianum; 5 July in IFT), 
*the Technical University of Wroclaw (6 July) and 
*the Institute for Low-Temperature and Structure Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences (4 July).
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Young scientists and project leaders are in the focus of this event. They shall not only listen to excellent lecturers and have the chance to make personal contacts with them, but also present their own research in oral and poster contributions, the best of which shall be honored by book prizes sponsored by Springer. A special invited lecture is devoted to the professional development of young researchers. A unique feature of this year's Symposium is that it is followed by the [“Falling Walls Lab Wroclaw 2017”|http://www.falling-walls.com], a contest of wall-breaking ideas presented by young, bright minds in 3-minute flash talks. The jury selects a winner who will be delegated to the Falling Walls Conference in Berlin on 9th November 2017.

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!OPTICS-2017 organized by:
*University of Wroclaw, Poland
*Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland
*Russian-Armenian University, Armenia
*OSA & SPIE Wroclaw Univ. of Technology student chapters, Poland
*SPIE Russian-Armenian Univ. and National Academy of Sciences student chapter, Armenia
*and supported by the Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub Wrocław

*[David Blaschke (University of Wroclaw, Poland)|Member/Blaschke_David_Bernhard]
*Narine Gevorgyan (Russian-Armenian University, Armenia)
*Agnieszka Popiolek-Masajada (Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland)

!International Advisory and Program Committees:
*Gernot Alber (Technische University Darmstadt, Germany)
*Aranya Bhattacherjee (University of Delhi & J. Nehru Uni., India)
*Gagik Buniatyan (LT-PYRKAL, Armenia)
*Maria L. Calvo (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
*Angela Guzman (CREOL, USA)
*Andzrej Jeźowski (Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research of PAS, Poland)
*Eduard Kazaryan (Russian-Armenian University, Armenia)
*Jan Masajada (Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland)
*Avinash Pandey (University of Allahabad, India; Bundelkhand University, India)
*Aram Papoyan (Institute for Physical Research of NAS, Armenia)
*William Rhodes (FAU, USA)
*Hayk Sarkisyan (Russian-Armenian University, Armenia; YSU, Armenia; SPBSTU, Russia)

!Local Organizing Committee:
*Mateusz Szatkowski (Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland) - coordinator
*Vardan Apinyan (Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research of PAS, Poland)
*Tobias Fischer (University of Wroclaw, Poland)
*Łukasz Gołacki (Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland)
*Łukasz Juchnowski (University of Wroclaw, Poland)
*Artsrun Martirosyan (Institute for Physical Research of NAS, Armenia)
*Mane Sahakyan (Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research of PAS, Poland)

*Optical properties of nanostructures
*Singular optics and its applications
*Strong field optics
*Silicon photonics
*Quantum optics
*Plasma Physics

!The Symposium will combine:
* Lectures
* Student presentations
* Contributed talks
* Poster presentations
* Lab tour
* Social events

*Berry Michael (University of Bristol, UK), 
**''“Stable and unstable Airy-related caustics and beams”''
**''“How quantum physics democratized music: a meditation on physics and technology”''
*Bukowska-Sampson Danuta (University of Western Australia, Australia)
**''Professional development lecture''
*Dittrich Walter (University of Tuebingen, Germany)
**''“Life and work of prominent physicists at Breslau University until 1933”''
**''“Quantum vacuum birefringence 80 years after Heisenberg-Euler”''
*Lopez-Mariscal Carlos (Underwater Photonics, Mexico)
*Pavesi Lorenzo (University of Trento, Italy)
**''“Classical and Quantum integrated silicon photonics”''
**''“Silicon photonics for optical switching in data centers”''
*Röpke Gerd (University of Rostock, Germany)
**''“Optical line shapes and continuum edges in strongly correlated plasmas”''
*Reinholz Heidi (University of Rostock, Germany)
**''“Diagnostics of warm dense matter via optical properties”''
*Sampson David (University of Western Australia, Australia)
*Sarkisyan Hayk (Russian-Armenian Uni., Armenia & SPBSTU, Russia)
**''“Conical and quasi conical quantum dots: possible application in QD LEDS”''
**''“Optical visualization of the Pythagorean triples in quantum dashes”''
*Strunz Walter (TU Dresden, Germany)
**''“Quantum dynamics in structured environments”''
*Zaleski Tomasz (Institute for Low Temperature and Structure Research, Poland)

!Special guests
*Arthurs Eugene (CEO SPIE, USA)
**''“SPIE’s Role in the Photonic Future”''
*Buniatyan Gagik (CEO LT-Pyrkal, Armenia)
*[Mlynek Juergen (CEO Falling Walls Foundation, Germany)|Member/Mlynek_Jürgen]
**''“Frontiers for Optics: The EU Flagship Project Quantum Technologies”''