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Lots of Silicon Photonics

By Dom Siriani | Posted: 16 October 2012

So my day two at FiO/LS had a general theme of silicon photonics. This looks like a very promising technology for photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and other integrated photonics, so it’s no wonder there were many talks on the topic. I found all of them very interesting and informative, and I learned a lot about the state-of-the-art, the different device manifestations, and the motivations and future prospects.

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Consulting in Optics

By Guest Blogger - Sapna Shroff | Posted: 16 October 2012

Hey everybody.. Today I attended the Minorities and Women in OSA meeting at Frontiers in Optics. They had organized a talk by Jennifer Kruschwitz on consulting as a career. Jennifer is always positive and fun to meet.. so it was a great to have her for the early morning breakfast event!

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Finally It’s FiO/LS Time

By Dom Siriani | Posted: 15 October 2012

So FiO/LS is finally in full swing here in Rochester, NY. I had hoped to have something to talk about yesterday, but my flights were delayed and I got in too late. Consequently, I missed the special symposium for Emil Wolf’s 90th birthday, which had been one of the sessions I was very eager to see. Hopefully, I’ll be able to see the presentations through the media the organizers are posting online, or at least I can talk to some of my earlier-arriving colleagues about the session.

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Ives medal address--Marlan Scully

By Nicole Moore | Posted: 15 October 2012

Today, Marlan O. Scully accepted the Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize and gave the Ives Medal address. This talk introduced me to a variety of really fascinating work in the field of quantum thermodynamics.

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Thoughts on the Special Symposium

By Nicole Moore | Posted: 14 October 2012

I hope you were among the many attendees at the special symposium about the future of optics in honor of Emil Wolf's 90th birthday.  If you missed it, you missed a very lovely booklet of remembrances from some of his former students and colleagues and four fun talks about the future of optics.

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Welcome Newcomers!

By Amy Sullivan | Posted: 14 October 2012

This post is mostly for new conference attendees, but for those of you who are veterans of the conference, this is a reminder for you to do your best to make these newcomers welcome. This is your community and it is your responsibility to make it a friendly and welcoming one.

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Off to Rochester!

By Sapna Shroff | Posted: 14 October 2012

Hey everybody..

It's Frontiers in Optics time again and I'm off to Rochester tomorrow! It'll be my first visit since graduation! Some of my best friendships and memories are from Rochester. I get to meet a lot of the folks at meetings and conferences. Some of my Rochester friends also work in the Bay area. But it's after a long time I'm going to go to the University, see my old offices and labs again.. meet everyone again! :)

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Attending Frontiers in Optics: In person or virtually

By By Amy Sullivan, Laser Mom | Posted: 9 October 2012

Are you excited about heading to Rochester? Frontiers in Optics is less than 1 week away!
It’s funny – I must be honest and tell you that I usually complain about this conference being in Rochester and wish that it were somewhere more interesting. I often tell students that it is held there so that there will not be any motivation to skip sessions. Because, really, if the conference is on a sunny beach, who wants to be in a cold, air conditioned conference room?
But Rochester is quite beautiful in the fall. I brought a group of students a couple of years ago, and enjoyed a quiet walk along the river one afternoon:

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Get Connected - What to Know about WiFi Access at FiO/LS 2012

By Nicole Moore | Posted: 8 October 2012

By quickly browsing the conference hotels' websites, it appears that we should have greater access to free wifi (especially in the lobbies) than we have sometimes had in the past. The Hyatt apparently still charges $9.99/day for Internet access from the guest rooms.  I will almost definitely end up paying for it since I need to be in touch with my students while I'm away.

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Undergraduate Research

By Dom Siriani | Posted: 26 September 2012

My scientific research experience began as an undergraduate student after I was encouraged to pursue the opportunity by my academic adviser. I contacted a few professors who were working on topics that sounded interesting to me, and a short time later I began working for my permanent research adviser. That undergraduate experience provided me the opportunity to explore several different topics without being tied to a single project, gave me a glimpse into graduate life, and exposed me to the excitement of novel scientific discovery. Looking back on that time, it’s entirely likely that without taking that first step into research, I would have ended up with an entirely different career that I wouldn’t be nearly as passionate about.

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Where to Eat

By Nicole Moore | Posted: 13 September 2012

Even when I lived in Rochester, I was a little stumped about where to eat near the convention center.  Here’s a list of places I like or am planning to try this year that are located near the convention center, including some thoughts.

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Video Highlights

By Amy Sullivan | Posted: 4 September 2012

Every year, the chairs for Frontiers in Optics record short videos discussing what they consider to be the highlights of their sessions. While many people these days prefer videos to reading the content, I am not a video person myself. With a baby at home, all my work is done out at a coffee shop or at the library or in a shared office (or while she is sleeping) and I somehow always forget my headphones.
For those of you who also prefer the written word, here are some summaries of the highlights that I listened to – there are many videos for the different sessions and I have only listened to a few so far.

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Plan Your FiO/LS Week

By Dom Siriani | Posted: 27 August 2012

I recently noticed that the Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science conference program is now posted online. It’s nice to be able to peruse the conference talks before arriving at the conference. As is usual, you can browse all the sessions and presentations day-by-day and hour-by-hour to sift through and find what you might be interested in attending. However, the organizers have added a couple nice additional features that I don’t believe I’ve ever seen before.

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Looking forward to the plenaries (Part II)

By Nicole Moore | Posted: 20 August 2012

Previously, I described some of the reasons that I am particularly looking forward to the plenary talk to be given by David Williams.  Today, I plan to discuss why I’m looking forward to that of Paul Corkum.

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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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