CCCC students attend national photonics convention
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LILLINGTON - Second-year students in the Laser and Photonics Technology program at Central Carolina Community College's Harnett Campus recently attended the 2015 SPIE Photonics West Convention in San Francisco. SPIE is an international society promoting an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light. Photonics West is one of the world's largest photonics exhibitions with over 1,000 companies presenting and over 20,000 professionals attending.
Attending from the laser program were students Chris Baggett, Colt Dudley and Carlos Salas Moreno, all from Harnett County, Alex Voytik from Lee County, Chris Loehr from Wake County, and laser program lead instructor Gary Beasley. Touring exhibits at Photonics West, they were able to observe the latest technology in the laser and photonics industry. At each booth, companies would spend time discussing their new products in great detail, explaining how they worked and how they could be used.
While in San Francisco, the group also took time to tour the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Labs (LLNL) in Livermore, Calif. At NIF, research is ongoing to create self-sustaining fusion energy using 192 laser beams housed in an area the size of a football field. The 192 laser beams focus on a target smaller than a BB-gun pellet to create the fusion energy.
Central Carolina Community College has a student chapter of SPIE in its photonics curriculum. The conference trip was partly funded through the student chapter, and through LASER-TEC, a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant in which the CCCC laser program participates. Photonics is the study of the use of light, such as lasers, for industrial and other purposes.
In addition to attending the conference, participants had opportunities to network with colleagues, conference speakers, and vendors, and to expand their knowledge and understanding of the field of optics and photonics, as well as new and exciting photonics technologies.
To learn more about Central Carolina Community College's Laser & Photonics Technology program, contact Beasley at (910) 814-8828 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about SPIE, visit http://spie.org/.
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