As part of the SPIE traveling lecturers program, we are honored to host a talk this coming Friday from Prof. Steven Boppart of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Hope to see you there!
When: Friday, November 11, 3 PM
Where: Georgen 101
Title: Translational Biophotonics for Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
Abstract: There is an essential need for improving and translating point-of-care screening and imaging technologies, not only in primary care medicine and for our front-line health care providers, but also in surgical applications where real-time feedback can reduce high re-operation rates, and in digital pathology to effectively shift the microscopic examination of tissue from post-operative analysis in the pathology lab to intra-operative assessment during procedures. Advances in optical imaging technology have made it possible to visualize and quantify tissue microstructure in new ways, and do so in vivo and in real-time. Optical coherence tomography performs optical ranging in tissue by collecting depth-resolved reflections of light in a manner analogous to ultrasound imaging, except with spatial resolutions on the order of 5-10 microns. Nonlinear optical microscopy techniques can provide even higher resolution, label-free visualization of structural, functional, and molecular components, as well as reveal new biomarkers of disease. These techniques can therefore perform label-free “optical biopsies” of tissue with unique contrast mechanisms. As these biophotonics imaging technologies mature, are translated for clinical applications, and commercialized for broader dissemination and use, consideration must also be directed toward investigating the adoption and integration of these new technologies into standard-of-care practices, patient and physician workflow, referral guidelines, disease management, and overall patient outcome assessments.
The 2016 OSA Frontiers in Optics conference was held in Rochester, NY this week, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Optical Society. There, we enjoyed breakfast with fellow SPIE student chapter officers from the University of Southampton.
With the Frontier in Optics conference coming up next week, the President of SPIE, Dr. Robert Lieberman, will be visiting us to give a colloquium and socialize with students. Details as follows, and hope to see you there!
Title: “Optical Waveguide Sensors: From Sub-Micron to Supra-Kilometer”
Date: Thursday, October 20th
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: B&L 109
Donuts and socializing will be held following the talk at the Goergen 4th floor lounge.
We are excited to announce that we are having a joint picnic this Friday at 4pm with the SPIE/OSA chapter at RIT. We would like to invite everyone to come out and eat free food and mingle with your peers at RIT. Anyone is welcome to bring activities, such as soccer balls, frisbees, etc.
This event is for SPIE member only, so if you haven’t already, please sign up at www.spie.org
Where: Riverbend Shelter in GVP (See diagram above courtesy of the RIT Chapter)
When: Starting at 4 pm Friday September 30th
We look forward to seeing you there!
Do you work with light…or wish you did? Are you a freshman, graduate student or somewhere in between? Come and learn about SPIE, the International Society of Optics and Photonics, and what it can do for you. Anyone with an interest in light is welcome!
Where: Goergen 108
When: Friday September 23rd, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
There will be a FREE lunch provided (not pizza) and raffle prizes. In addition, if you sign up to be a member ($20), you will receive a SPIE T-shirt ($15 value).
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
We are concluding our Summer Colloquium Series this coming Monday, with Jose Perez Romero giving his talk on “Improving beam quality in high power broad-area lasers”. There will be free pizza! Hope to see you there.
When: Monday, August 29, 12 pm
Where: Wilmot 116
Abstract: Filamentation hinders beam quality in high power broad-area diode lasers. This talk will review some of the nonlinear mechanisms that cause this filamentation, as well as techniques that can overcome the issue in order to improve beam quality.
The UR SPIE chapter Summer Student Colloquium Series present Betty Sun and Kang Lui! Check out their abstracts below. Snacks and drinks will be provided courtesy of SPIE and we look forward to seeing you there!
When: Tuesday, August 23, 12:15 pm
Where: Wilmot 116
Speaker #1: Betty Sun
Title: Suppressing the fundamental thermo-optic noises of a high-Q microresonator
Abstract: We report a novel approach to dramatically suppress the fundamental temperature fluctuations and thermo-optic noises of a high-Q microresonator by orders of magnitude, achieved remarkably via pure optical means without cooling the device temperature.
Speaker #2: Kang Liu
Title: Study of THz emission from ring-Airy beam induced plasma
Abstract: By using abruptly autofocusing beams, as opposed to the conventional Gaussian beams, to generate plasma in the ambient air, the authors are able to observe an enhancement in the terahertz (THz) wave radiation from the plasma. This work could inspire a new direction for controlling THz radiation from laser-induced plasma by sculpting the excitation beams, and pave the way to THz remote spectroscopy.
This coming Tuesday, we will be continuing our summer colloquium series with Gustavo Gandara Montano! His talk is titled “Improving human vision: a short overview”.
When: Tuesday, August 16, 12 pm
Where: Wilmot 116
As always, snacks will be provided courtesy of SPIE! Hope to see you there!
Abstract: This talk will discuss different techniques to improve human vision, such as vision restoration, corneal surgeries, multifocal devices, and femtosecond laser applications.