Cool Materials: Day 4 of AIO 2015

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 17 June 2015

Chauncey Graetzel presents


The final day of AIO 2015 kicked off with the 'Cool Materials' session. Chauncey Graetzel (Optotune Switzerland AG, USA) presented the technology behind 'Tunable Lenses, Miniature Laser Speckle Reducers and their Applications to Innovative Optical Systems'. The Optotune approach provides compact zoom and focus at high speeds and low dispersion compared to electrowetting tunable technologies. Chauncey described applications of this technology, such as the use of tunable lens for laser engraving, 3D marking, for axial focusing in microscopy and in opthalmology.

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Optics in detecting threats, patents and more: AIO Day 3

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 11 June 2015

Derryck Reid presents


Derryck Reid (Heriot-Watt University, UK) opened Day 3 at the Joint Session with LS&C and AIO with a presentation on his work in the area of 'Chemical Sensing Using Broadband Mid-IR Femtosecond OPOs'. Femtosecond OPOs offer high spatial and spectral brightness, good spatial coherence, and are efficient and robust. Derryck described the application of these sources in Fourier Transform IR (FTIR) Spectroscopy for single-point stand-off chemical sensing.

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Applied Industrial Optics Day 1

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 9 June 2015

Dominic Murphy opening remarks

The first session of AIO 2015 - 'Flutonics Palooza' - was opened by Dominic Murphy (Pie Photonics Ltd, Ireland) with a talk titled 'Optical Wavefront Interferometry - Evolution, Challenges and Opportunities'. Dominic spoke on the challenges facing detection systems regarding information (throughput, sensitivity) and form (simplicity, size), and the advantages, such as robustness, stability and verstility, offered by Pie's optical wavefront interferometry solution.

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Final Thoughts on AIO 2014....and the Best Talk Winner!

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 17 September 2014

Some time has passed since another successful AIO, with 2014 seeing the meeting’s highest attendance to date.  Looking back over three and half days of sessioning, I have tried to select my favorite talks. I have narrowed the longlist down to two – the committee-voted Best Talk at AIO 2014, and a personal favorite.

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Awesome Optics at AIO

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 24 July 2014

The morning session of Day 4 - Awesome Optical Materials - was opened by Dr. Tigran Galstian (Universite Laval & LensVector). Tigran presented a liquid crystal-based motion-less adaptive optical system. This cost-effective approach has been successfully applied to mobile phone camera technology to enable autofocus, with future applications in LED lighting and ophthalmic products (contact lenses and intraocular lenses). Dr. Alexandre Brolo (University of Victoria) spoke about tailoring metallic nanostructures for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS). Alexandre also discussed various potential applications for SERS probes, such as in designing customized cancer treatment by imaging the protein expression in dysplastic cells.

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Day 3 at Applied Industrial Optics 2014

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 17 July 2014

Day 3 of AIO 2014 was action-packed with two panel sessions and a joint session with the Imaging Systems and Applications meeting, in addition to three 'regular' AIO sessions.

Dr Steven Dodge (Simon Fraser University) opened the first session of the day - 'Meaurement Makes Success' - with a presentation on Time-Domain Terahertz spectroscopy. Steven has used this technique to determine the thickness, moisture and basis weight of paper, and, in theory, this can be applied to other composites. Continuing the theme, Dr Rene Beigang (University of Kaiserslautern) discussed his work on Terahertz Time Domain Spectroscopy to analyse multi-layer structures. By adjusting the imaging frequency, different features can be isolated. Dr Balaji Gopalan (West Virginia University Research Corp) presented his research in using HSPIV (High Speed Particle Image Velocimetry) to measure particle velocity at very high sample rates, and Dr Christoph Leithold (University of Technology, Dresden) described a low-cost, fluid-membrane, adaptive lens for measurements through a dynamic gas-liquid interface.

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Applied Industrial Optics 2014: Summary of Day 1

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 15 July 2014

Day 1 of AIO 2014 kicked off at 8:30am with the first session - 'Far and Away We See You'.  We heard from Dr Stewart Hager (Hager Environmental and Atmospheric Techno) about his work in replacing manned, single-line, Non-Dispersive IR systems, which are currently used for measurement of vehicle emission fumes, with EDAR (Emission Detecting and Reporting) technology. Similar to satellite-based detection systems, EDAR scans the vehicle from above, and a 3-D image of the emission plume can be reconstructed. Next, Dr Pietro Ferraro (INO, Italy) presented new applications of digital holography to detect survivors in fire scenes. By moving to IR wavelengths, the numerical aperture, and hence the size of ths scene which can be captured, increases 20-fold. Dr Steve Buckley (TSI Inc) rounded out the first session with the challenges of taking LIBS (Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) out of the lab and into the field. The performance and characteristics of LIBS give the method unique advantages for real-time industrial measurements.

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Applied Industrial Optics 2014: Highlights from Day 2

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 15 July 2014

Day 2 of AIO 2014 opened with the Joint Plenary Session, featuring speakers from Applied Industrial Optics (AIO), Imaging Systems and Applications (IS), and Laser Applications to Chemical, Security and Environmental Analysis (LACSEA). Dr Bernard Kress (Optics Lead at Google Glass, Google [X] Labs and AIO Plenary speaker), addressed a packed room about see-through optics for Head Mounted Displays (HMDs), current market offerings, and the requirements for the various HMD market segments. Dr Kress noted,"Today's fragmented HMD/smart glass markets require the development of a wide range of optical architectures to fit constantly evolving requirements. The perfect see-through optical technology for the consumer market has yet to be discovered." Dr Ramesh Raskar (MIT, IS Plenary Speaker) followed with a presentation on his work in cutting-edge computational imaging applied to inverse problems. Imaging with ultrafast sources - "Femto-Photography" - enables us to record what lies beyond the line of sight. In other words, we can look around corners! The third speaker of the session, Christof Schulz (University of Duisburg Essen, LACSEA Plenary Speaker), described his heroic efforts in flame control and the manufacture of nanoparticles.

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Three Simple Steps to Networking Sucess at AIO 2014

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 16 June 2014

Behind-the-scenes preparations for AIO 2014 are well underway.  As I obsessively check the Seattle weather forecast and celebrate the end of sessioning (a committee member benefit!), I’m reminded what makes this meeting unique. In this blogpost, I want to raise a topic that is near-essential for career progression, but can strike fear into the hearts of the introverted. I want to talk about networking. I fear rejection just like you.

If the thought of speaking with your optics idol or asking a question makes you queasy, I hope the following approach opens up a world of conversations for you. Try it out at AIO.

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Focus on Google Glass at Applied Industrial Optics

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 28 May 2014

I love my smartphone.

When I started university, mobile phones were relatively new. I turned 18 and got my first phone – a Nokia with both calling and texting capabilities.  A few years later, I upgraded to a newer model. This one had a built-in FM radio and the keypad had a blue backlight. It was the high-tech wave! But I think we all know how technology has progressed since then.

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What’s New in Applied Optics Research? AIO 2014

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 5 May 2014

Applied Industrial Optics (AIO), now in its 5th year, focuses on research which utilizes optics and photonics technology to solve real-world problems. This year, speakers and attendees who are engaged in applied research will descend on Seattle in mid-July, to get a taste of what’s new in applied optics research. or the next three months, I will be blogging about the topics and speakers of this year’s meeting.

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