Optical Material Studies (OM)

Optical Material Studies (OM)

This group is involved with the development and characterization of new and improved optical materials. Materials include those with superior transmission in the UV, visible near and mid-infrared portions of the spectrum for use in passive and active optical elements and devices as well as those having unusual nonlinear optical properties for use in switches and limiters. Examples of novel materials include quantum engineered multiple quantum wells for lasing, photonic structures with unusual properties (negative index, left-handed, highly nonlinear, etc.) and sintered ceramic materials displaying superior hardness, strength and transmission in the infrared.

A special talk at lunch was given by Professor Craig Arnold (Princeton University) on “Silver Nanowire Network Transparent Electrodes for Organic and Hybrid-Organic Devices” organized by OSA Optical Material Studies Technical Group. It was a great introduction to the field of nanowire transparent electrodes. Dr. Arnold clearly explained the problem of the current electrodes, such as contact resistance, integration, and roughness. He then discussed his way to form the contact of silver nanowire electrodes by plasmonic resonant absorption. These silver nanowire transparent electrodes allow the possible replacement of current ITO transparent electrodes in flexible displays. [Advanced Functional Materials 25, 7428 (2015)].
At CLEO 2016, held in San Jose from June 5-11, the Optical Materials Study Technical Group cohosted a networking event with 3 other technical groups, the Nanophotonics Technical Group, the Optoelectronics Technical Group, and the Optical Biosensors Technical Group. The event was held on the evening of Monday, June 6, with poster presentations from all the technical groups in one room. Snacks and drinks were provided by OSA for the attendees.

About 200 people attended the event and there were active and crowded discussions at all the posters. The attendees were given four chips so they could vote for the best paper in each technical group. There were nine posters from the Optical Material Studies Technical Group, with the presenters and titles listed below. The winner of the Optical Material Studies Technical Group poster award was Hiral Patel from Oregon State University.

Participants in the Optical Material Studies Posters Session:
  • Zeba Naqvi, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Characterization of Bragg Fibers by Mie scattering
  • Simeon Bikorimana, City College of New York, Z-scan Characterization of Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Few-Layer Sheets
  • James Lee, University of Cambridge Ramsey interference in the resonance fluorescence of a charged quantum dot
  • James Morris, Fraunhofer Center, Herriott Watt University, 3D Optical Waveguides in Ge22As20Se58 Glass - a Highly Nonlinear Material for the Mid-IR
  • Chengli Wei, Baylor University, Mode Coupling in Chalcogenide Negative Curvature Fibers
  • Midya Parto, University of Central Florida, Zero-DGD Multicore Optical Fibers
  • Bastian Herzog, Technische Universität Berlin, Biexciton-mediated modulation response of colloidal quantum dots deposited on a silicon nitride waveguide at high laser excitation rate
  • Hiral Patel, Oregon State University, Tunable Optical Excitations in Twisted Bilayer Graphene Form Strongly Bound Excitons
  • Shih Chang Wang, National Taiwan University, Laser-diode-pumped tunable Ti:sapphire crystal fiber laser

Garo Khanarian BASFChair
Stephen H. Foulger Clemson UniversityVice Chair
David J. DiGiovanni OFS LaboratoriesAdvisor
Mark G. Kuzyk Washington State UniversityAdvisor
Robert A. Stegeman NuburuHot Topics
Robert A. Norwood University of ArizonaIncubator Organizer
Shekhar Guha US Air Force Research LaboratoryNetworking Organizer
Wei Lee National Chiao Tung UniversityOptical Groups Liaison
Yichen Liang MS&TSocial Media Organizer
Ho Wai Howard Lee Baylor UniversityWebinar Organizer
Zhi M. Liao Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryWebinar Organizer

Optical Material Studies Technical Group Special Talk
18 October 2016, 12:00 – 13:30, Radisson Hotel, Grand Ballroom D

Join the Optical Material Studies Technical Group for a special talk featuring a presentation from Dr. Michal Lipson of Columbia University. Please RSVP to tgactivities@osa.org if you plan to attend.


The Optical Material Studies Technical Group recently hosted the following two webinars for their members, which are now available to view on-demand: