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Optics alumna and professor earn Nobel Prize

Donna Strickland '89 (PhD) and former optics professor Gérard Mourou shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

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Book by Boyd, Lukishova combines latest advances and early historical experiments in overview of quantum photonics

March 25, 2019

This is the stepping off point for Quantum Photonics: Pioneering Advances and Emerging Applications ...

Kyle Fuerschbach receives Kevin P. Thompson award from OSA

March 25, 2019

Kyle Fuerschbach, who received his PhD from the Institute of Optics in 2014, has been selected as th ...

Wyant funds UA professorship in honor of Institute alumnus Bob Shannon

February 19, 2019

Thanks to the generosity of one Institute of Optics alumnus, another has been honored with an endowe ...

Four with ties to Institute become fellows of SPIE

January 10, 2019

From left to right: Thomas Brown, Gerard Mourou, Linda Smith and Donna Strickland.

Jim Zavislan named fellow of National Academy of Inventors

December 12, 2018

The associate professor of optics holds 63 U.S. and 151 foreign patents and his inventions have help ...

Boyd named fellow of AAAS

November 28, 2018

Robert Boyd, known for his pioneering work in nonlinear optical interactions and nonlinear optical p ...

Pomerantz receives education award

October 30, 2018

Michael Pomerantz, a technical associate with the Institute’s Hopkins Center for Optical Desig ...

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The Photon Camp is a free, one-week program where rising high school juniors and seniors can explore the growing field of optics and optical engineering.

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We hope you will visit the Institute of Optics as part of the upcoming college-wide 2023 Experience. If you are on campus for either the 2023E, or touring on your own, please stop by and introduce yourself. We’d love to tell you more about optics and our program here, which can be a great fit for students who enjoy math and physics.

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Rochester researchers are trapping nanoparticle-sized silica beads in an “optical tweezer” in a series of experiments that could shed new light on the fundamental properties of lasers–and perhaps lead to better sensors and other devices. (University illustration / Michael Osadciw)

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‘Optical tweezer’ takes Nobel concept in a new direction

Rochester researchers are trapping nanoparticle-sized silica beads in an “optical tweezer” in a series of experiments that could shed new light on the fundamental properties of lasers–and perhaps lead to better sensors and other devices.

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