October 13, 14, 15 2016, Riga, Latvia – MARK THE DATE!
Advances in sensitivity, accuracy, speed and cost in measurement of time, distance, frequency spectrum and other parameters relating to the tremendous progress in a variety of quantum photonics technologies are driving: a) improvements in the ability to track objects in space including satellites, asteroids and natural and artificial debris; b) to characterize the photochemistry of the atmosphere; c) to provide greater resolution to remote sensing as a tool for planetary sciences, atmosphere sustainability and climate studies; d) advances in fundamental physics such as tests of General Relativity Theory using lunar laser ranging experiments; e) advances in practical applications as well as variety of transdisciplinary research such as development of future optical communications technologies with satellites to dramatically increase data transfer rates (like high resolution pictures and video files) to users on Earth. Adaptation of novel photonic technologies such as laser frequency comb or 2D graphene and non-graphene materials to various instruments for both remote sensing from space as well as ground segment space technologies opens opportunities for progress in research and in monitoring. SPACE-SCI&TECH – Riga 2016 will follow the first international conference that addressed these interrelated themes called Nocturnal Atmosphere, Remote Sensing and Laser Ranging: Nocturnal – Riga 2014 – see https://fotonikalv.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/conference-nocturnal-riga-2014.pdf
This, the 2nd conference seeks to bring together researchers, technology developers and instrument makers addressing the above mentioned topics with scientists and professionals using these technologies to advance both fundamental research and practical application to space geodesy, geodynamics, laser ranging addressing issues such as increased density of space debris that endangers critically important space applications as well as space situation awareness and its relation to the sustainability of the Earth in the long term.
Geoscience fields have many interlinkages and share use of advanced, ultra-fast laser ranging and related instruments that employ advanced sensing technologies and further progress strongly depends on the progress of quantum technologies defining the advances in accuracy of . laser ranging measurements. Cross-disciplinary stimulation and knowledge sharing will be advanced through the conference sessions as well as through the interactive forums within the conference sessions as well as through the poster sessions and the technology exhibition. We expect SPACE-SCI&TECH – Riga 2016 – to become an important biannual event for the multidisciplinary research communities in atmosphere photochemistry, geodesy, geodynamics, satellite laser ranging, lunar and planetary sciences, space situation awareness and measurement science and technology.