20 July 2020 – 24 July 2020 OSA Virtual Event - (UTC - 00:00)

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Your 2020 All Stars

Moderator

Eric Mazur

Harvard University, USA

Moderator

Abstract available soon.

About the Speaker

Eric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and Area Chair of Applied Physics at Harvard University, Member of the Faculty of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Past President of the Optical Society. Mazur is a prominent physicist known for his contributions in nanophotonics, an internationally recognized educational innovator, and a sought after speaker. In education he is widely known for his work on Peer Instruction, an interactive teaching method aimed at engaging students in the classroom and beyond. In 2014 Mazur became the inaugural recipient of the Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education. He has received many awards for his work in physics and in education and has founded several successful companies. Mazur has widely published in peer-reviewed journals and holds numerous patents. He has also written extensively on education and is the author of Peer Instruction: A User's Manual (Prentice Hall, 1997), a book that explains how to teach large lecture classes interactively, and of the Principles and Practice of Physics (Pearson, 2015), a book that presents a groundbreaking new approach to teaching introductory calculus-based physics. Mazur is a leading speaker on optics and on education. His motivational lectures on interactive teaching, educational technology, and assessment have inspired people around the world to change their approach to teaching.

Eric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and Area Chair of Applied Physics at Harvard University, Member of the Faculty of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of...

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Jim Kafka

Spectra-Physics, USA

Academia and Industry: Working Together

An examination of the challenges and opportunities for Academia and Industry to collaborate more efficiently.

An examination of the challenges and opportunities for Academia and Industry to collaborate more efficiently.

About the Speaker

Jim Kafka attended the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, where he obtained a B.S. in Optics in 1977 and a Ph.D. in Optics in 1983, studying with Conger Gabel and Gerard Mourou, the recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics. During this pivotal time at Rochester and through his work at the Institute and Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Kafka met many lifelong friends and colleagues, including several future OSA Presidents Susan Houde-Walter, Ian Walmsley and Donna Strickland, who was also awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics. In 1983, Kafka started as a Senior Scientist at Spectra-Physics Lasers, where he has held a series of positions with increasing responsibility including Chief Business Unit Technology Officer. He was recently named a Fellow of MKS, the parent company of Spectra-Physics. During the past 36 years, he designed several of the company’s most significant products, including the Tsunami, the first commercial ultrafast Ti:sapphire laser (1990), the Millennia X, the first commercial 10 W solid-state green laser (1997), and the InSight, the first broadly tunable ultrafast source for microscopy (2011). Kafka was recognized as a Spectra-Physics Fellow in 1987. He also received the Thermo Electron Corporate Award for Technical Innovation in 2002 and the first Newport Corporation Strategic Patent Award in 2007 for his patent of the first diode-pumped double-clad fiber laser. Kafka has over 40 United States patents and multiple foreign equivalents. He has more than 30 publications in refereed journals and has made more than 40 presentations at CLEO, OSA topical meetings, SPIE conferences and at major universities. Kafka recently presented a plenary talk at the 2018 IEEE Photonics Conference. Kafka has served the professional community as the Ultrafast Topical Editor for JOSA B (1994-1995), Lasers Technical Group Chair (1995-1997), and on a dozen conference organizing committees. He has served as the CLEO program chair (1999), CLEO general chair (2001) and on the CLEO Steering Committee (1997–2001). He completed a three-year sequence as the Program and General Chair of the Advanced Solid-State Photonics topical meeting (2009-2011). Kafka was named an OSA Fellow in 2005 and served as a Director at Large on the OSA Board of Directors from 2012 to 2014. He was a member (2015) and chair (2016) of the prestigious Charles Hard Townes Medal Committee. One of his favorite contributions to the optics community has been serving as a Distinguished Traveling Lecturer for the APS Division of Laser Science from 1999 to the present.

Jim Kafka attended the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, where he obtained a B.S. in Optics in 1977 and a Ph.D. in Optics in 1983, studying with Conger Gabel and Gerard Mourou...

Peter Andersen

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Better Imaging At Depth

I will introduce the basics of tissue optics, optical properties and contrast mechanisms in biophotonics imaging. I will provide a basic understanding of light-tissue interactions, some important imaging concepts, novel contrast mechanisms, and highlight key aspects for imaging faster and deeper. The breakout sessions has the format of workshops, each workshop has its own short introduction.

I will introduce the basics of tissue optics, optical properties and contrast mechanisms in biophotonics imaging. I will provide a basic understanding of light-tissue interactions, some important...

About the Speaker

Research areas *) Multimodal biophotonic imaging and endoscopy *) Optical coherence tomography / multi-photon tomography for biomedical applications *) Novel laser technology for medical diagnostics Publications Author or co-author of more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters, editor of one book, 75 conference proceedings within nonlinear optics, laser technology, light-tissue interactions, biosensing, spectroscopy, optical coherence tomography, and multiphoton tomography. Patents Inventor or co-inventor of six patents (granted/pending). Appointments: Fellowships 2015: Fellow of OSA 2015: Fellow of SPIE Appointments: Editorships 2008 – 2011: Topical Editor, Optics Letters. 2012 – 2018: Deputy Editor, Optics Letters. 2010 –: Editorial board member, Journal of Biophotonics. 2013 –: Editorial board member, Journal of Biomedical Optics. Appointments (selected) Since 2004: Member of Conference Program Committee, “Coherence Domain Optical Methods and Optical Coherence Tomography in Biomedicine,” SPIE Photonics West (Biomedical Optics). 2016: Program Chair A&T, CLEO: Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, 5-10 June 2016, San Jose, USA. 2017: Program Chair A&T, CLEO: Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, 14-19 May 2017, San Jose, USA. 2018: General Chair A&T, CLEO: Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, 13-18 May 2018, San Jose, USA. 2019: General Chair A&T, CLEO: Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, 2019, San Jose, USA. Teaching and supervising *) Course responsible for the 34550 course in Biomedical Optics (5 ECTS) at DTU *) Course responsible for the 34455 course in Optical biosensors (5 ECTS) at DTU Organizer of graduate summer schools (selected) Since 2003, organizer of the biennial graduate summer school Biophotonics (03/05/07/09/11/13/15/17): *) “9th International Graduate summer school: Biophotonics ‘19”, 8–15 June 2019, Ven, Sweden In 2018, organizer of the OSA-Siegman School: *) “Siegman International Summer School on Lasers”, 28 July – 4 August 2018, Ven, Sweden https://www.osa.org/en-us/meetings/topical_meetings/siegman_international_summer_school_on_lasers/

Research areas *) Multimodal biophotonic imaging and endoscopy *) Optical coherence tomography / multi-photon tomography for biomedical applications *) Novel laser technology for medical...

Thomas Baer

Stanford University, USA

Photonics in the COVID-19 and Climate Change Era

Abstract available soon.

About the Speaker

Dr. Thomas Baer is the Executive Director of the Stanford Photonics Research Center, a consulting professor in the Applied Physics Department, and an Associate Member of the Stem Cell Institute at Stanford University. His current scientific research is focused on developing imaging and biochemical analysis technology for exploring the molecular basis of human developmental biology and regenerative medicine, optogenetics, and developing new high-throughput technologies for protein engineering. Before joining Stanford, Dr. Baer founded Arcturus Bioscience, Inc. which he established in 1996, serving as the company's Chairman and CEO until January 2005. Prior to Arcturus, Dr. Baer was Vice President of Research at Biometric Imaging, where he led an interdisciplinary group developing instrumentation and reagents with applications in the areas of AIDS monitoring, bone marrow transplant therapy, and blood supply quality control. From 1981 to 1992 Dr. Baer was at Spectra-Physics, Inc., in Mountain View, California, where he held positions as a Research Scientist, Spectra-Physics Fellow, and Vice-President of Research. He was named entrepreneur of the year for emerging companies in Silicon Valley in 2000 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and medical technology that he developed was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the top 10 medical advances in 2010. Dr. Baer holds over 70 patents and his commercial products have received many industry awards for design innovation. He has been elected to the status of Fellow in two international scientific societies, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and The Optical Society (OSA) and served as the President of OSA in 2009. In 2012 he received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland and was awarded the Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award by the Optical Society.

Dr. Thomas Baer is the Executive Director of the Stanford Photonics Research Center, a consulting professor in the Applied Physics Department, and an Associate Member of the Stem Cell Institute at...

Steven Chu

Stanford University, USA

How Science Can Help Society Rise Above Gathering Storms

Abstract available soon.

About the Speaker

Steven Chu is a Professor of Physics and Molecular & Cellular Physiology at Stanford University, and the Chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published numerous papers in atomic physics, polymer physics, biophysics, molecular biology, medical imaging, nanoparticle synthesis, batteries and other applications in electrochemistry. He served as U.S. Secretary of Energy from January 2009 through April 2013. Prior to that, he was director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the head of the Quantum Electronics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Dr. Chu is the co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to laser cooling and atom trapping and has received numerous other awards. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 7 foreign Academies and an Academician of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He received an A.B. degree in mathematics and a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and 32 honorary degrees.

Steven Chu is a Professor of Physics and Molecular & Cellular Physiology at Stanford University, and the Chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published numerous...

Hanieh Fattahi

Max Planck Institute, Germany

Laser Spectroscopy at Extreme Limits: From Femtosecond to Attosecond

I will cover the basics of femtosecond field-resolved spectroscopy and attosecond spectroscopy. In break out room their applications, state of the art and their enabling technology are discussed

I will cover the basics of femtosecond field-resolved spectroscopy and attosecond spectroscopy. In break out room their applications, state of the art and their enabling technology are discussed

About the Speaker

Hanieh Fattahi studied Applied physics at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran and received her PhD in Physics at Ludwig Maximilians university of Munich. Since then, she has been a researcher at the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics. She is the recipient of the Minerva scholarship of Max Planck Society in 2016 and was elected as a member of “Schiemann Kolleg” in 2017. Her research centers on i) ynthesis of intense controlled waveforms of laser light, ii) design and development of thin-disk lasers and optical parametric amplifiers, and iii) femtosecond molecular fieldoscopy. She is the fellow of Max Planck center for Extreme and Quantum Photonics in Ottawa, a visiting scientist of the Chemistry department of Harvard University, and co-coordinator of the International Max-Planck Research School of Advanced Photon Science (IMPRS-APS).

Hanieh Fattahi studied Applied physics at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran and received her PhD in Physics at Ludwig Maximilians university of Munich. Since then, she has been a...

Clara Saraceno

Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

Ultrafast Lasers: Smaller, Faster, Stronger

We will cover basics of ultrashort pulse generation, the state-of-the-art of ultrafast laser technology, and future and present applications enabled by progress in their performance.

We will cover basics of ultrashort pulse generation, the state-of-the-art of ultrafast laser technology, and future and present applications enabled by progress in their performance.

About the Speaker

Clara Saraceno was born in Argentina in 1983 and studied at the Institut d’Optique in Palaiseau, France. After completing her studies she first went into industry from 2007 to 2008, working for a laser manufacturer (Coherent Inc.) in the USA. She then continued her academic training in Switzerland, completing a doctorate in Physics at ETH Zurich in 2012 which brought her, amongst others, the 2013 QEOD Thesis Prize, awarded by the Electronics and Optics Division of the European Physical Society. After graduation, Saraceno has worked at ETH Zurich and the University of Neuchatel as a postdoctoral researcher. Most recently, her research work on high-power ultrafast lasers earned her the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2015). In 2016, she was appointed as Professor in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology in the Ruhr University Bochum, where she currently works on ultrafast laser physics and terahertz technology.

Clara Saraceno was born in Argentina in 1983 and studied at the Institut d’Optique in Palaiseau, France. After completing her studies she first went into industry from 2007 to 2008, working for a...

Andrew Forbes

University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

The Creation and Control of Structured Light

This talk will cover the basics of "structured light", from creation at the source to classical and quantum applications.

This talk will cover the basics of "structured light", from creation at the source to classical and quantum applications.

About the Speaker

Andrew received his PhD (1998) from the University of Natal (South Africa), and subsequently spent several years as an applied laser physicist, first in a technology start-up where he was Technical Director, and later as Chief Researcher and Research Group Leader of the Mathematical Optics group at the CSIR. Andrew is presently a Distinguished Professor within the School of Physics at the U. Witwatersrand (South Africa) where he has established a new laboratory for Structured Light. Andrew is active in promoting photonics in Africa, a founding member of the Photonics Initiative of South Africa and initiator of South Africa’s Quantum Roadmap. He is a Fellow of both SPIE and the OSA, an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and holds an A-rating by the South African NRF. He holds 3 honorary professor positions, is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Optics and associated editor for Optics Express, and in 2015 won a national award for his contributions to photonics in South Africa. In 2020 he was awarded the Georg Forster prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for outstanding contributions to photonics. Andrew spends his time having fun with the taxpayers’ money, exploring structured light in lasers as well as classical and quantum optics.

Andrew received his PhD (1998) from the University of Natal (South Africa), and subsequently spent several years as an applied laser physicist, first in a technology start-up where he was Technical...

Eric Van Stryland

CREOL, USA

Nonlinear Materials Spectroscopy and Causality

I will mention the history of nonlinear optics, NLO, and give a few examples of its uses. I will describe what I do, i.e., characterize and model NLO materials. I will discuss, Z-scan and Beam Deflection for measuring NLO absorption and refraction and discuss how these two quanties are related by “Causality”, i.e. Kramers-Kronig relations.

I will mention the history of nonlinear optics, NLO, and give a few examples of its uses. I will describe what I do, i.e., characterize and model NLO materials. I will discuss, Z-scan and Beam...

About the Speaker

Eric Van Stryland received a PhD in Physics in 1976, from the Univ. of Arizona, Optical Sciences Center, where he worked on optical coherent transients and photon counting statistics. He worked in femtosecond pulse production, multiphoton absorption, and laser induced damage at the Center for Laser Studies, Univ. of Southern California. He joined the physics department at the Univ. of North Texas in l978 helping to form the Center for Applied Quantum Electronics. In l987 he joined the newly formed CREOL (Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers) at the Univ. of Central Florida. NSF and DoD have funded him for the past 30 years. His current research interests are in the characterization of the nonlinear optical properties of materials and their temporal response as well as the applications of these nonlinear materials properties for optical switching, beam control etc. He developed the Z-scan technique and established the methodology for applying Kramers-Kronig relations to ultrafast nonlinearities and developed the field of cascaded second-order effects. The JQE publication on Z-scan has been noted as the most highly cited paper in the journal’s 30 year history by a factor of 2. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), IEEE, SPIE and APS, a past member of the OSA and LIA Boards of Directors, former co-chair of the OSA Science and Engineering Council. He also served as a topical editor for Optics Letters. He was elected President of the OSA for 2006. He graduated 31 Ph.D.’s and published ~300 papers and is on the ISI ‘highly cited’ list. In 2003 he was awarded the highest honor UCF bestows, the Pegasus Award (earlier he was co-recipient of UNT’s highest award). He was Director of the School of Optics/CREOL from 1999 to 2004. With the elevation of the School to a College, he became its first Dean. In addition, Governor Jeb Bush established the Florida Photonics Center of Excellence (FPCE) in 2003 and he was the Director of that Center along with CREOL, both centers within the College. In a second round of centers of excellence, the College established the Townes Laser Institute named after the inventor of the maser and laser, Charles Hard Townes. In January, 2009 he retired as Dean but continues as a faculty member in the College, and he received UCF’s Researcher of the Year Award. He became a Trustee Chair in 2012, and was awarded the R.W. Wood Prize of the OSA in 2012.

Eric Van Stryland received a PhD in Physics in 1976, from the Univ. of Arizona, Optical Sciences Center, where he worked on optical coherent transients and photon counting statistics. He worked in...