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Photoimmunotherapy (PIT) busts open the doors for drug delivery

Over the last decade alone, it is estimated that over $200 billion has been spent just by governments to fund cancer research [1]. Despite this enormous investment, the recently released 2014 World Heath Organization (WHO) Cancer Report suggests that cancer incidence rates and deaths from cancer are on the rise, both in more developed and less developed nations.

Added: 06 Feb 2014

5 Reasons We Can’t Wait for Quantum Information & Measurement (QIM) 2014

Greetings from Washington, DC, home of OSA headquarters, NIST, and the Joint Quantum Institute!  In less than two short months we’ll be converging on Berlin like a swarm of photon-hungry locusts for the 2014 Quantum Information and Measurement (QIM) meeting, the latest in the OSA’s conference series for all things quantum and measurable.  But ahead of that time, I...

Added: 30 Jan 2014

Beginning of a new era? Recent advances in biomedical optics light the way to long-awaited clinical

For decades biomedical optics has been touted as an ideal tool for diagnosing, monitoring and/or treating a vast array of health conditions owing to low-cost instrumentation, use of non-ionizing radiation, and incomparable sensitivity. All great characteristics; nonetheless, adoptions of optical devices in the clinic have been few and far-between. One could blame regulations, the high cost of...

Added: 29 Jan 2014

Silicon Photonics: Present & Future Perspective at IPR

III-V/silicon hybrid lasers, silicon-itself lasers and III-V/silicon photonic integrated circuits (PIC) - in general, silicon photonics is the research area moving forward at a great speed over the last couple of years. Why such a great speed? Because a number of ever-demanding applications like optical interconnects, long haul communication systems, and conventional CMOS technology need added...

Added: 28 Jun 2013

Photonics Integration and its future at Advanced Photonics 2013

At the time of peak in technological development, isn’t it frustrating to hear that most of the computers used in our daily lives do nothing more than wait for the data? It is sad, but true, that your Intel® Core™ i5 Processor with high-speed RAM or state of the art liquid cooling system will not help you much to overcome this problem. This is because our computer speed is...

Added: 19 Mar 2013

Label-free imaging: What is it good for? Absolutely most things!

Say it again! And while one of the plenary talks in the Opening General Session given by Sunny Xie (Monday, April 15th, 8:00 to 9:45am in the Ali’Ii Ballroom) titled "Label-Free Vibrational Imaging for Medicine" might be a little less funky, I am sure it will be equally as entertaining.Dr. Xie is the Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard...

Added: 14 Mar 2013

Silk or Polyester? How Optics Can Help Determine an Answer

I love silk.  Many clothes in my wardrobe are made of 100% silk.  This is an extension of my love of all things natural. Also, it is due to the fact that I lived in Hangzhou, China which is very famous for silk.

Added: 29 Jan 2013

"Harnessing Light" at Nonlinear Optics

After I gave a seminar at UT Austin, Professor Mike Downer said to me during the dinner: "I would like to give you an advice. When you give a talk, you should start with a grand challenge question."

Added: 14 Dec 2012

Photonics and Numerical Modeling: A look at Maxwell's Equations

Thinking of photonics often conjures up pretty pictures of experiments with laser light and lab-coat clad scientists working with protective goggles on. The mental images usually in some way involve multi-million dollar equipment being used to produce exciting, cutting-edge results.

Added: 22 Oct 2012

Harnessing Light Report: Findings and Interpretations

The National Research Council (NRC) of the U.S. National Academies of Science released a much-awaited draft report on optics in August to much fanfare.  OSA issued a statement supporting the work, as did its sibling societies.  (You can download a free copy of the report here and see OSA’s roundtable discussion of it here.) Now, what does it mean?

Added: 28 Sep 2012