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December 2015

OSA Levitated Optomechanics Incubator

Manipulating Objects with Light   Welcome to day one of the OSA Levitated Optomechanics Incubator. Optomechanics is the study of the interaction of light with the mechanical motion of objects. Amazingly, mechanical resonators tens of microns in size have been cooled to their motional quantum ground state using light, and have even been placed in quantum superpositions of vibrational...

Added: 03 Dec 2015

OSA Levitated Optomechanics Incubator Part 2

Levitated Optomechanics Incubator Part 2Day one continued… To round out the earlier post, the final session from day 1 focussed on novel levitated systems. One of the hot developments in optomechanics is the coupling of atomic spin to mechanical motion, and Levi Neukirch from the University of Rochester, USA, introduced us to progress in controlling levitated nanodiamonds. Another way...

Added: 04 Dec 2015

OSA Optical Computing Incubator: Day 1

Optical Computing Incubator Welcome to Day 1 of the OSA Optical Computing Incubator, held at OSA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. 9-11 Dec 2015. The topic of this meeting, optical computing, is a merging computing technology uses photons generated by lasers or other light source for higher bandwidth and energy efficiency computation. For the past 60 years, Optical Computing has been a very...

Added: 10 Dec 2015

OSA Optical Computing Incubator: Day 2

Optical Computing Incubator Day 1 continued…   The afternoon session on day 1 addressed optical computing algorithms and was presided over by Dr. Mark Neifeld, from the University of Arizona.  The focus of the session was on the identification of computational primitives and how their optical implementation is realized.  The central challenges in this area are:   ...

Added: 11 Dec 2015