June 2017

Day 4: Applied Industrial Optics

By Sogol Borjian, Ph.D | Posted: 30 June 2017

The final day of AIO 2017 kicked off with...

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Day 3: Applied Industrial Optics

By Sogol Borjian, Ph.D | Posted: 29 June 2017

So much happened today at AIO, just some titles were “Imaging Radiation Dose and Molecules in Human Radiation Therapy for Cancer”, “A Low Cost Optical Imaging Device based on a single Moving Detector for Breast Cancer Detection”, “Spectral Imaging for Quantitative Phase Contrast”, “Adventures in Underwater Microscopy”, “Planar Beam-steering Optics for Solar Concentration”, “Thermo-optic devices based on highly absorbing optical fibers”, “Selected Applications of Fiber Optic Sensor Technology”, “Multimode Fibers for Sensing and other Non-Telecom Applications”,  “On-demand Drawing of High Aspect-ratio, Microsphere-tipped Elastomeric Micropillars”,  “Perspectives as an Entrepreneur and Investor, a View from Both Sides of the Table”, “Start-ups, Incubators, Accelerators, Oh My!”.  

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Day 2: Applied Industrial Optics

By Sogol Borjian, Ph.D | Posted: 28 June 2017

The first session of AIO on Day 2, “Fabulous-Perot Sensing and Sources”, was opened by ...

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Day 2: Materials for Optomechanical Actuation Incubator

By Michael Forkner, OSA & SPS | Posted: 27 June 2017


OSA’s Materials for Optomechanical Actuation Incubator brought together researchers from with varying backgrounds to discuss the applications and challenges behind implementing optomechanical actuators. On day two the speakers and hosts pulled together the different perspectives presented on day to and focused on some of the high-level problems facing the optomechanical community. 

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Day 1: ​Applied Industrial Optics

By Sogol Borjian, Ph.D | Posted: 27 June 2017

OSA’s Imaging and Applied Optics Congress kicked off with the Joint Opening Plenary Session.
Mohan Trivedi (University of California San Diego, USA) opened the conference with “Humanity, Intelligent vehicles LISA Research Agenda”, an insight into the intelligent vehicles future and the long term goal of human cohabitation with intelligent robots. Next, John Schwartzman (Director of Photography, USA) closed the session with his talk on “Advanced Imaging Photography”.

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Day 1: OSA Materials for Optomechanical Actuation Incubator

By Michael Forkner, OSA & SPS | Posted: 26 June 2017

Optomechanical actuation is the act of turning light (electro-magnetic energy) into mechanical work. This most commonly calls to mind photovoltaics and solar cells. Solar cells take the energy of the sun and converts it into electricity, which then in turn can be used to do mechanical work. For the Materials for Optomechanical Actuation Incubator, the Hosts Chris Bardeen, University of California Riverside; Antti Makinen, Office of Naval Research; Peter A. Morrison, Office of Naval Research; and Ravi Shankar, University of Pittsburgh hope to explore other ways light can do mechanical work.  

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San Francisco: what to know before going to AIO 2017

By Cushla McGoverin | Posted: 23 June 2017

10 Interesting facts about San Francisco


1. San Francisco hasn’t always been San Francisco...

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Medical Imaging Speakeasy: Revolution through Optical Technologies

By Michael Forkner, OSA & SPS | Posted: 22 June 2017

Medical imaging technologies is a powerful growing market with ample room for growth and development. Recently, OSA hosted a panel on The Medical Imaging Revolution through the Speakeasy Science Program. The program, funded by a grant from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and in partnership with the American Physical Society (APS), strives to increase communication between scientists and the public. The panel focused on new techniques and advances in biomedical imaging and how it will affect the medical industry for years to come.

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Day 2: Integrated Semiconductor Quantum Photonic Devices Incubator

By Michael Forkner, OSA & SPS | Posted: 20 June 2017


Day 2 of this Incubator kicked off with a session on Materials and Device Integration focusing on the challenges associated with creating entanglements between atoms and in materials on a larger scale. Read more about this exciting Incubator and about where the community is looking to go. 

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Day 1: Integrated Semiconductor Quantum Photonic Devices Incubator

By Michael Forkner, OSA & SPS | Posted: 19 June 2017



Day one of the Integrated Semiconductor Quantum Photonic Devices Incubator focused on Quantum Photonics with Solid-State Photon Sources and Spin Based Quantum Memories. 

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AIO 2017: Focus on Dr. Michael Schmidberger, OSRAM GmbH, Germany

By Cushla McGoverin | Posted: 19 June 2017

AIO Committee YP, Cushla McGoverin, interviews AIO 2017 Invited Speaker, Dr. Michael Schmidberger about his experiences in development of the world’s first broadband Infrared (IR) light emitting diode (LED) at OSRAM. Dr. Schmidberger will present at AIO on Tuesday, June 27 at 9:30am.

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Just in AIO 2017: Two panel sessions, “The View from the Ladder: Perceptions on the Future of Photonics” and “Start-ups, Incubators, Accelerators, Oh My!”

By Cushla McGoverin | Posted: 13 June 2017

AIO Committee YP, Cushla McGoverin, interviews AIO 2017 Invited Speaker and Panelist, Dr. Anna Rissanen about her experiences in development and commercialization of novel sensing applications. 
This year we will host two panel sessions. Greg Quarles (OSA Chief Scientist) will introduce the first session (“The View from the Ladder: Perceptions on the Future of Photonics” ) regarding the future of photonics.Another panel (“Start-ups, Incubators, Accelerators, Oh My!”), taps into the investor’s mindset to offer guidance for successfully pitching photonics technology. This panel will begin with an introduction by Dr. Laura Smoliar, co-founder of the Berkeley Catalyst Fund.

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“Ask Me Anything” and They Did! Top 5 Astrophysics Takeaways from Joss Bland-Hawthorn, ARC Laureate Fellow Professor of Physics and Director of the Sydney Institute for Astronomy (SIFA)

By Rebecca B. Andersen | Posted: 1 June 2017

After 15 years, the first Australian-built satellites were launched from Kennedy Space Center to the International Space Station. It was a uniquely proud moment for our country and my research team at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy, University of Sydney. I was pleased to participate in this Reddit Science Ask Me Anything with The Optical Society (OSA) and share my recent experiences with space exploration. Questions during the AMA ranged from my research, to science fiction and exploration of exoplanets. 

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