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-visit to Shanghai of OSA Student Chapter at ZJU

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light (Genesis).

On March 18th, 2014, 25 members of the student chapter of the Optical Society of America (OSA) at Zhejiang University paid a visit to LASER World of PHOTONICS CHINA held in Shanghai, China. On the following day, we organized friendly joint with the OSA student chapter at East China Normal University and visited the State Key Laboratory of Precision Spectroscopy (LPS).
LASER World of PHOTONICS CHINA, which is the leading regional trade fair for optical technologies in China, was held during March 18th to 20th, 2014 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center by Messe München International. 628 exhibitors from 22 countries booked an unprecedented 34,500 square meters of floor space, and up to 37,272 visitors went to the exhibition. The products covered a variety of research areas, including laser technology and photoelectron, optics and optical manufacturing, production and processing technology of laser, imaging, testing and quality control.

1(A group photo of all the attendees for the exhibition)

The members of OSA at Zhejiang University arrived at the Shanghai New International Expo Center around 1:00pm. As soon as we stepped into the exhibition hall, our members were attracted by all sorts of the exhibits on display. Though we were not coming with the bulk orders, the exhibitors introduced their products and answered our questions with great enthusiasm and patient. After a three and a half hours visiting, we left the Shanghai New International Expo Center at 4:30pm with great benefit. All the products we saw made us have more confidence in the development of the optical and laser industry and research work we engaged in.

2(A photo of the members exchanging with exhibitors)

On March 19th, we had a friendly visit to the OSA student chapter at East China Normal University as planned. On that morning, the president of two OSA chapters shared the student activities and the experience in the last year. The members of both chapters also discussed the major research areas they worked on. In the afternoon, we had a visit to the State Key Laboratory of Precision Spectroscopy by the lead of the OSA members at East China Normal University. This lab focuses on the precise spectroscopy in frequency domain, precise spectroscopy of atoms and molecules, ultra-sensitive spectroscopy, cross-over frontier study and application of precise spectroscopy and advanced theoretical work of precise spectroscopy. Some members have a deep talk with the researchers there on relative projects.

3(A photo of members from OSA@ZJU and OSA@ECNU in front of Science Building)

With discussion about the experience in these two days on the whole return trip, we came back to Zhejiang University in the evening of 19th Mar. 2014. The visit to the LASER World of PHOTONICS CHINA broadened our horizon of the optical technology and industry, and the visit to East China Normal University gave us a chance to get in touch with the research of precise spectroscopy. We all look forward to attending the LASER World of PHOTONICS CHINA with our own products someday.

Article is by Hao Wu (leowu@zju.edu.cn)
Photos are by Hao Wu (leowu@zju.edu.cn)

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