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Researchers create optically active quantum dots in 2D semiconductor for the first time

June 29, 2015

Researchers at the University of Rochester have shown that defects on an atomically thin semiconductor can produce light-emitting quantum dots. The quantum dots serve as a source of single photons and could be useful for the integration of quantum photonics with solid-state electronics – a combination known as integrated photonics.

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The International Year of Light is taking it to the streets in Saint Petersburg, Russia

June 29, 2015

At the International Year of Light events in St. Petersburg, Russia, artists created graffiti of ITMO Rector Vladimir Vasilev,  ITMO Dean Sergei Kozlov and Institute of Optics Director X.-C. Zhang.

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Graduate Students Corsetti and Schiesser Win SPIE Scholarships

June 29, 2015

James Corsetti has won the 2015 Optical Design and Engineering Scholarship from the SPIE

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Kyle Fuerschbach, PhD candidate at the Institute, receives Outstanding Dissertation Award in Engineering and Applied Sciences

May 21, 2015

Congratulations to Kyle Fuerschbach, a PhD candidate at the Institute of Optics, for receiving the Outstanding Dissertation Award in Engineering and Applied Sciences 2014-2015 at the University of Rochester.  

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Jianing Yao and Katelynn Sharma receive the Best Female Student Award at the Spring 2015 Industrial Associates Meeting

May 21, 2015

Congratulations to Jianing Yao and Katelynn Sharma, the co-recipients of the Best Female Student Award that was presented at the Spring 2015 Industrial Associates Meeting. 

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Stephen D. Fantone '79 (PhD) recognized by The Rochester Distinguished Scholar Award

May 21, 2015

Stephen D. Fantone ’79 (PhD) is president of Optikos Corporation, a Massachusetts-based optical engineering firm he founded in 1982. Optikos provides metrology products, engineering design, and manufacturing services for product development.

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Rochester team receives National Eye Institute grant for restoring vision through retinal regeneration

May 1, 2015

A team of researchers at the University of Rochester is designing an optical system to image responses to light of large numbers of individual cells in the retina, with the objective of accelerating the development of the next generation of cures for blindness. The Rochester team and their partners will receive $3.8 million from the National Eye Institute over the next five years.

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Nick Vamivakas receives the G. Graydon '58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Nontenured Faculty Teaching Excellence

April 29, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Nick Vamivakas, assistant professor of quantum optics and quantum physics, recipient of the G. Graydon ’58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Nontenured Faculty Teaching Excellence. An innovator and a rising star, Nick joined the University in 2011, and has already earned high marks for his teaching abilities, scientific contributions, and scholarly activities.

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Stephen D. Fantone '79 (PhD) recognized by The Rochester Distinguished Scholar Award

April 29, 2015

Stephen D. Fantone ’79 (PhD) is president of Optikos Corporation, a Massachusetts-based optical engineering firm he founded in 1982. Optikos provides metrology products, engineering design, and manufacturing services for product development.

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Govind Agrawal receives the 2015 OSA Esther Hoffman Beller Medal

March 9, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Govind Agrawal, the James C. Wyant Professor of Optics, who has been named the recipient of this year's Esther Hoffman Beller Medal by the Optical Society (OSA), "for inspiring and educating a generation of scientists and engineers involved with fiber-optic communications and other photonics technologies through his seminal textbooks and high-impact scientific articles."

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Alumni Dan Christensen co-author of award winning paper that received Newcomb Cleveland Prize from AAAS

March 9, 2015

We are proud of alumni Dan Christensen '08 (MS Optics) '13 (PhD Optics), now OEM Application Manager with TOPTICA Photonics, who, as a PhD student here, was one of the co-authors of a paper that just received the Newcomb Cleveland Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The paper, "Sleep Drives Metabolite Clearance from the Adult Brain," (Science, Oct. 18, 2013) shows how, during sleep, the brain clears out harmful toxins or waste that build up during the day. In-vivo two-photon imaging was among the techniques used to observe the flow of fluids in the brains of mice as they slept or were awake. Joe Vornehm, who just completed his PhD in Optics here, notes: "This is a great example of how optics is an enabling technology for all sorts of areas, from medical research to manufacturing. The laser was once called 'a solution in search of a problem,' but so much of modern life wouldn't be possible without lasers."

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International Year of Light - Opening Celebrations held in Paris, France

February 5, 2015

Xi-Cheng Zhang and Duncan Moore attended the Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Light 2015, held in UNESCO, Paris on Jan. 19-20, as members of the OSA delegation from USA. Five Noble Laureates (Ahmed Zewail, Steven Chu, William Phillips, Serge Haroche, and Zhores Alfrerov) gave the plenary talks, and many others presented in thematic sessions over the two days.

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2014 - The year in review

January 16, 2015

Recognitions and awards, a celebration of the 40th anniversary of our Industrial Associates Program, the 2nd annual summer Photon Camp, and more endowed Scholarships are only a few of the highlights for 2014. The year 2015 is filled with bright promise, and we look forward to continued excellence.

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