November 2015

Adaptive Structured Illumination Incubator

By Marcia Lesky | Posted: 19 November 2015

  • What are the barriers for super-resolution at depth?
  • What are the fundamental limits in fibre imaging (resolution, correction, speed)?
  • What are the challenges of using structured illumination for in vivo imaging?

These are just a few of the questions that were explored at last week’s Adaptive Structured Illumination Incubator. Hosted by Meng Cui from Purdue University, US, and Kishan Dholakia and Michael Mazilu from the University of St. Andrews, UK, this Incubator used invited talks and moderated group discussion to allow experts to cross-fertilize ideas in applications of structured illumination throughout photonics.

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Optical Biosensors Incubator Meeting Day 2

By John Goertz | Posted: 11 November 2015

The second half of the Optical Biosensors Incubator deviated somewhat from the highly technical nature of the prior discussions. While several members did discuss progress in various scientific efforts, focus shifted to the broader topic of bringing biosensing technologies to market, and several discussions challenged all those in attendance to think critically on how the status quo relates to the practical, realistic future of the field.

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Optical Biosensors Incubator Meeting

By John Goertz | Posted: 10 November 2015

The OSA Optical Biosensors Incubator brings together the leading minds in the field to critically discuss key topics of central importance to this community: “labeled” as compared to “label-free” sensing, digital or single-molecule analyte detection, point-of-care applications, as well as commercialization of optical biosensors. As the Incubator got underway, opening remarks recalled the historical progress in the field starting with the light microscope to today’s optical gene chips to the potential of the liquid biopsy in the future. David Nolte, of Purdue University, gave the day’s first keynote presentation on biointerferometry. He discussed the various manufacturing techniques and optical techniques amenable to different styles of interferometry such as speckle, fringe analysis, phase-contrast, in-line and micro-diffraction interferometry.

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