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Stronger Terahertz Waves Allow Safer Detection of Hidden Objects

September 1, 2016

Terahertz waves penetrate a teapotKang Liu, a PhD student in optics, and Xi-Cheng Zhang, the M. Parker Givens Professor of Optics and director of the Institute of Optics, collaborated with Tzortzakis Stelios' group in Greece on an ingenious way to extend the "reach" of terahertz waves with an unconventional laser beam, called a ring-Airy beam. “It makes possible the remote sensing of chemical, biological, and explosive materials from a standoff distance,” Xi-Cheng explains, making this a promising tool for Homeland Security and law enforcement agencies. Read more here.

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A Welcome from the Director

August 30, 2016


Xi-Cheng Zhang, Director of the InstituteAs we start the 2016 fall semester, it is my pleasure to welcome all new and returning students, faculty, staff and members of The Institute.  The Institute of Optics was founded in 1929 as the first Optics education program in the United States of America. Here we continue to educate generations of leaders in the ever-growing field of Optics, and provide unparalleled advancements through research. Whether you are new, or a returning member of The Institute, I congratulate you on the decision to pursue your dreams and aspirations here. While you are here, The Institute of Optics is your home, and you will now always be a part of a strong academic community.

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Professor Nick Vamivakas Awarded Tenure

August 30, 2016

Nick studied electrical engineering at Boston University and received his PhD degree in 2007.  During this time he developed high resolution microscopy and spectroscopy techniques to study the electro-optic properties of individual nanostructures.  Following his PhD, he was a post-doc from 2007-2011 in the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge.

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'Optical spring' detects single molecules

August 30, 2016

Image from the Yu et al. paper.

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High School Students Explore and Create at the 2016 Photon Camp

July 19, 2016

High school student presenting her poster.Local high school students had a fun and educational week at the 2016 Photon Camp.  Photon Camp is a free, one-week program where rising high school juniors and seniors can explore the growing field of optics and optical engineering.  Students spend the week attending faculty lectures, visiting local optics industry sites, and working in the Institute of Optics laboratories.

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Mandel Fellowship Awarded to Nick Vamivakas for Quantum Optics

July 14, 2016

Professor Nick Vamivakas in his labProf. Nick Vamivakas has been awarded the two-year Leonard Mandel Faculty Fellowship from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester, where Nick has a secondary appointment.  This fellowship was founded in honor of Professor Leonard Mandel (1927 — 2001) by many of his former students and colleagues worldwide.  It recognizes excellent work on the topics within quantum and classical optics which were most important to Mandel, with the goal of encouraging more work, especially among our junior faculty.

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Master’s Program Propelled Amy Frantz's Career in New Directions

July 8, 2016

Amy FrantzWhile pursuing a master’s degree at The Institute of Optics, Amy Frantz learned real-world skills -- and made connections that landed her a job with a leading producer of optics, imaging and photonics technology.

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Profs. Berger, Awad Win $1.88M NIH Grant

June 28, 2016

Prof. Andrew BergerAndrew Berger (left), Associate Professor of Optics, and Hani Awad (lower right), Professor of Biomedical Engineering, have received a $1.88 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health for their project, “Raman Spectroscopic Platform for Transcutaneous Monitoring of Bone Quality.”  Currently, assessing the risk of bone fracture associated with osteoporosis relies primarily on measures of bone mineral density.  These measurements are strongly correlated with bone strength, but not with fracture risk.  The goal of this grant is to demonstrate Raman spectroscopy as a promising, noninvasive way to assess both bone strength and fracture risk, and to also detect improvements in bone quality in response to anti-resorptive and anabolic treatments. 

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Researchers Choi and Howell Create Digital Cloaking Device

June 27, 2016

Joseph ChoiUsing the same mathematical framework as the Rochester Cloak, Dr. Joseph Choi of the Institute of Optics (left) and Prof. John Howell (lower right) of the Department of Physics and Astronomy have used flat screen displays to extend the range of angles that can be hidden from view. Their method lays out how cloaks of arbitrary shapes, that work from multiple viewpoints, may be practically realized in the near future using commercially available digital devices.

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Welcome to our newest Assistant Professor of Optics!

June 8, 2016

Jaime CardenasDr. Jaime Cardenas earned his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in Optical Science and Engineering.  His research was in single air interface bends and waveguide microcantilevers.  After two years as a process engineer, and three years as a Postdoctoral researcher in the Cornell Nanophotonics group, Jaime continued with the Lipson Nanophotonics Group as a research scientist at Columbia University in June 2015.

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Workshop on Bright Thz Sources and Nonlinear THz Field-Matter Interaction

June 8, 2016

Laser flareThe Institute of Optics will host a Workshop on Bright THz Sources and Nonlinear THz Field-Matter Interactions on Thursday and Friday, June 16th and 17th, 2016.  Researchers will discuss the current state and future directions of research on the generation, detection and applications of intense pulsed THz waves.

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Profs. Moore, Berger, Vamivakas Win Teaching Awards

May 9, 2016

Duncan MooreDuncan Moore ’74 (PhD), the Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Professor of Optical Engineering, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in Graduate Education for his ability to inspire students with his boundless enthusiasm for new approaches to teaching, technology and business.  Duncan has taught 15 optics courses ranging from introductory to advanced graduate classes; he has advised nearly 60 master’s and PhD students.

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Undergrad Advisor Dan Smith Wins Dottie Welch Award

April 30, 2016

Dan Smith with some of his studentsThe Institute's undergraduate advisor, Dan Smith, won the 2016 Dottie Welch award during the Hajim School Design Day at Goergen Athletic Center.  

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Professor Nick Vamivakas Wins NSF CAREER Award

April 25, 2016

Professor Nick Vamivakas in his labSomething interesting happens when you overlap two layers of tungsten diselenide that are each only a few atoms thick, Nick Vamivakas and his lab have discovered.

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Grad Student Goodfellow Leads Rochester Marathoners

April 22, 2016

Kenneth GoodfellowInstitute of Optics graduate student and avid marathoner Kenny Goodfellow placed 10th overall in the Pittsburgh Marathon with a time of 2:38:25 and led a Rochester contingent of about 100 runners in the Boston Marathon this spring, finishing in 2 hours, 35 minutes and 28 seconds.  In Boston, he placed 72nd overall and 63rd among the men.  Goodfellow also took second place in the Rochester Marathon in September.

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Optical Society undergraduates model a Schlieren imaging system

April 21, 2016

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Optics Undergraduate Awards 2016

April 20, 2016

The Undergraduate Committee has awarded the 2016 prizes to outstanding students in the Institute of Optics.

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Grad Student Daniel Nikolov Wins the Link Foundation Fellowship

April 4, 2016

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Prof. Robert Boyd Wins Townes Award

April 4, 2016

Photo of Robert BoydProf. Robert Boyd has won the 2016 OSA Charles Hard Townes Award for his “fundamental contributions to the field of nonlinear optics, including the development of methods for controlling the velocity of light, of quantum imaging methods, and of composite nonlinear optical materials.”  Boyd's PhD thesis work was supervised by Professor Charles Townes himself and involves the use of nonlinear optical techniques for infrared detection.  Professor Boyd joined the faculty of the Institute of Optics of the University of Rochester in 1977 and is presently Professor of Optics and Professor of Physics.

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2015 - The year in review

February 19, 2016

With awards and recognitions, two successful summer programs, the announcement of a national photonics center to be based in Rochester, more students studying abroad, and our involvement in the International Year of Light, 2015 has been a very good year.  The year 2016 is filled with bright promise, and we look forward to continued excellence.

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$500 Million Economic Development Support Awarded to Finger Lakes Region

December 10, 2015

Today in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, and legislative leaders announced $500 million in economic development support for the Finger Lakes and selected the region as one of the three awardees of the Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) competition.

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The Institute of Optics and the Optics Community Mourn the Loss of Kevin P. Rolland-Thompson

November 24, 2015

Photo of Kevin ThompsonKevin P. Rolland-Thompson, husband of Jannick Rolland-Thompson, passed away on November 20, 2015, just over 4 weeks after being diagnosed with cancer.  Kevin was a Scientist in The Institute of Optics; The Group Director, Research and Development/Optics at Synopsys, Inc.; and an active member and Fellow of both SPIE and OSA. Kevin received his Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences where he was recently recognized as the 2015 Alumnus of the Year.  He earned a dual BS degree in Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology.

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OSA Rochester Celebrates 100th Anniversary

November 18, 2015

It was November 18, 1915 when nine Rochester scientists met at the University of Rochester: four from Eastman Kodak Co., four from Bausch & Lomb, and one from the University.

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