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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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

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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Monday, March 9, 2015

Govind Agrawal receives the 2015 OSA Esther Hoffman Beller Medal

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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Monday, March 9, 2015

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

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."

DateLocation and TimeSpeaker and Topic
Monday, May 4, 20153:00 PM–4:00 PM
Goergen 101
Nan Yu, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA
Exploring Crystalline Micro Resonators and Their Applications
Wednesday, April 29, 20152:00 PM–3:00 PM
Goergen 109
Bernard Kress, Google [X] Labs, Mountain View, CA
Optics for wearable displays and sensors: VR, AR, Smart Eyewear and beyond
Monday, April 20, 20153:00 PM–4:00 PM
Goergen 101, Sloan Auditorium
Dave Leisawitz, NASA
Prospects for a Space-based Spatio-spectral Interferometer in the Far-Infrared
Monday, April 6, 20153:00 PM–4:00 PM
Goergen 101, Sloan Auditorium
Vinod M. Menon, Department of Physics, The City College of New York, NY
Control of Light-Matter Interaction at the Nanoscale
Friday, March 27, 20152:45 PM–3:45 PM
Lander Auditorium, 140 Hutchison Hall
Alex Gaeta, Cornell University
Chip-Based Optical Frequency
Monday, March 23, 20153:00 PM–4:00 PM
Goergen 101, Sloan Auditorium
Theodore Hodapp, American Physical Society, College Park, MD
Changing the Demographics of Physics Graduate Education: The APS Bridge Program
Monday, March 9, 20153:00 PM–4:00 PM
Goergen 101, Sloan Auditorium
Gérard Mourou, IZEST Ecole Polytechnique, France
Foute to Zeptoscinece
Monday, March 2, 20153:00 PM–4:00 PM
Goergen 101, Sloan Auditorium
Alexey Akimov, Russian Quantum Center, Moscow
From Single Plasmons to CMOS Compatible Spin-Photon Interfaces
Monday, February 23, 20153:00 PM–4:00 PM
Goergen 101, Sloan Auditorium
Natalia M. Litchinitser, University at Buffalo, SUNY
Nonlinear and Singular Optics in the Meta-World
Monday, February 16, 20153:00 PM–4:00 PM
Goergen 101, Sloan Auditorium
Barry Walker, University of Delaware
Laser Physics in the Extreme: Ultrahigh Intensities
Friday, February 13, 20153:00 PM–4:00 PM
Goergen 108
Pablo Loza-Alvarez, The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Barcelona, Spain
Fast volumetric light-sheet microscopy
Friday, February 13, 20151:30 PM–2:30 PM
Goergen 109
Dr. Haitan Xu, University of Maryland-College Park
Optomechanics with a microscopic membrane in an optical cavity
Friday, February 6, 20152:00 PM–3:00 PM
Goergen 101, Sloan Auditorium
Sir Peter Knight, FRS, Imperial College, London
SUSTAINING SCIENCE IN A DIFFICULT WORLD
Wednesday, February 4, 20151:30 PM–2:30 PM
Goergen 109, Fantone Hall
Ju¨rgen Popp, Friedrich-­-Schiller University, Jena
Clinical Raman spectroscopy
Monday, January 26, 20153:00 PM–4:00 PM
Goergen 101, Sloan Auditorium
Thomas L. Koch, University of Arizona
Photonic Integrated Circuits & the Convergence of Electronics and Photonics Manufacturing Technologies
Monday, December 8, 20143:00 PM–4:00 PM
Goergen 101, Sloan Auditorium
Leonid Zhigilei, University of Virginia
Large-scale atomistic simulations of the phase transformations and surface modification in short pulse laser processing of metals
Monday, December 1, 20143:00 PM–4:00 PM
Goergen 101, Sloan Auditorium
Andrew J. Berger
Testing Novel Fiber Lasers in Germany's "Lichtstadt": Impressions from a year in Jena
Monday, November 24, 20143:00 PM–4:00 PM
Goergen 101, Sloan Auditorium
Hui Cao, Yale University
Physics and Application of Complex Scattering Media
Monday, November 3, 20143:00 PM–4:00 PM
Goergen 101, Sloan Auditorium
Mark Rea, Lighting Research Center and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Application Efficacy: A simple method for minimizing wasted lighting energy
Monday, October 13, 20149:00 AM–8:00 PM
Goergen 101, Sloan Auditorium
Various events, presentations, and speakers
Fall IA meeting
Monday, October 6, 20143:00 PM–4:00 PM
Goergen 101, Sloan Auditorium
Miguel Alonso, Institute of Optics
Understanding self-similar beams in terms of rays: visible and hidden geometry
Monday, September 29, 20143:00 PM–4:30 PM
Goergen 101, Sloan Auditorium
Nicholas Usechack, Air Force Research Lab, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio
Multi-section semiconductor lasers
Tuesday, September 23, 201410:00 AM–11:00 AM
Wilmot 1166
Liza Buyanovskaya, Junior Research Fellow, NRU ITMO Andrey Okishev, Senior Scientist, LLE
Learn about graduate study in Russia and the lovely city of St. Petersburg
Monday, September 22, 20143:00 PM–4:30 PM
Goergen 101, Sloan Auditorium
Hartmut Roskos, Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, Germany
Ultra-broadband "white light" terahertz pulses - generation, detection, and spectroscopy
Monday, September 15, 20143:00 PM–4:30 PM
Goergen 101, Sloan Auditorium
Olga Korotkova, University of Miami
Theory, simulations, experiments and applications involving random beams
Saturday, September 13, 201412:00 PM–4:30 PM
Genesee Valley Park - Roundhouse shelter
Faculty, staff, and students are invited with guests
Annual Optics Picnic
Monday, September 8, 20143:00 PM–4:30 PM
Joined with Physics - Goergen 101
Anton Zeilinger, University of Vienna
Quantum imaging with undetected photons

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