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By Amy Sullivan, Laser Mom | Posted: 14 August 2012

A few weeks ago, when the first news on the Higgs boson came out, a friend of mine sent me an email requesting that I write a blog entry explaining what it’s all about (that blog entry will be coming next week on Laser Mom). He said that understanding this part of physics was hard for him as an engineer since he did not have much background in modern physics. He also asked,  “Why do we care about what gives us our mass?”

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Photonic Crystals Twenty-Five Years After a Seminal Paper

By Dom Siriani | Posted: 9 August 2012

Twenty-five years ago, Eli Yablonovitch wrote a remarkably influential journal letter on “Inhibited Spontaneous Emission in Solid-State Physics and Electronics” (Phys. Rev. Lett., 58, 2059, 1987). In this manuscript, he described how a periodic three-dimensional dielectric structure would produce an electromagnetic band gap that, when properly designed, could significantly reduce unwanted spontaneous emission in some of the most technologically fundamental electronic and photonic devices, viz. semiconductor lasers, bipolar transistors, and solar cells. What perhaps couldn’t be foreseen at the time is the remarkable innovation this paper would lead to, as the structure he described (which became known as a photonic crystal) turned into a focus of research for nearly everything related to controlling light.

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Looking forward to the Plenary (Part I)

By Nicole Moore | Posted: 2 August 2012

The plenary speakers this year at FiO are David Williams and Paul Corkum.  Today, I want to discuss why I’m particularly excited to hear David William’s talk on the morning of Monday, October 15. (We’ll get to Paul Corkum’s talk in a bit.)
I obtained my PhD at the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, where David Williams is the William G. Allyn Professor of Medical Optics.  While I was there, I had the pleasure of hearing talks by several of his students in a variety of venues including FiO 2008.  All of their individual work has been extremely interesting, so I expect the overview and synthesis of those individual strains of research (and perhaps others) is likely to be captivating.

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A First Glance at FiO: A Powerhouse of a Symposium

By Dom Siriani | Posted: 26 July 2012

I’m very excited to be attending this year’s Frontiers in Optics. Not only do I get to reunite with many amazing friends and colleagues, but I also anticipate seeing some excellent presentations. I’ve already started perusing the conference program and was very pleased to see that one of the special symposia is “The Future of Optics: A Perspective at Emil Wolf’s 90th Birthday.”

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Undergraduates and the Future of Optics

By Laser Mom | Posted: 16 July 2012

Having found some time to myself again after a few long weeks, I decided to do some more exploring on the Frontiers in Optics website. While the full conference program will not be up for some time, there are tons of exciting invited speakers and special symposia listed for the conference. I am going to have a hard time deciding what things to go to with so much going on – one of the big challenges of the big conferences with so many concurrent sessions.

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Baby Vision Research

By Laser Mom | Posted: 25 June 2012

The research on infant vision is really amazing. Rowan Candy’s group looks at eye movements and the electrical activity in the brain in infants to study the difference between normal and abnormal eye development. Eye tracking and brain imaging using near infrared light help Richard Aslin’s group learn how infants use visual cues in their learning and development.

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Rochester, NY, USA – Where it All Began!

By Dominique Smith | Posted: 24 June 2012

If you are in the optics field, you probably already know that Rochester is known as the world capital of imaging. This is due to the high dominance of imaging and optical science among area industries and universities. The Institute of Optics of the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology in nearby Henrietta both have distinguished imaging programs. Many of the best and brightest leaders in optics have been products of these programs.

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