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Emil Wolf 1922-2018

A memorial and workshop honoring Emil Wolf was held at the University of Rochester on August 14, 2018.

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Recent News

Emil Wolf Remembered

August 15, 2018

Friends and colleagues of Emil Wolf gathered yesterday to honor the memory of one of the most recogn ...

The lab of Chunlei Guo, professor of optics, continues to produce exciting discoveries

July 23, 2018

The lab of Chunlei Guo, professor of optics, continues to produce exciting discoveries. In a paper p ...

Professor Zhang receives grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research

July 23, 2018

Congratulations to Xi-Cheng Zhang, the M. Parker Givens Professor of Optics. Last fall his lab creat ...

Zavislan named a distinguished teaching professor

July 10, 2018

Hajim School engineering students have generally worked on their senior design projects with other s ...

US patent office issues its 10 millionth patent to Rochester alumnus

June 20, 2018

Joseph Marron ’86, an alumnus of the Institute of Optics, has more than 20 patents to his cred ...

Industrial Associates

The IA Program provides training and informational benefits to participating companies and allows the Institute to learn more about industry needs and concerns. This exchange improves our partners’ ability to use modern optical technology while increasing our ability to educate individuals to assume key roles within their companies.

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Photon Camp 2018

Optics Camp for Local High School Students

A student in Photon Camp looks into a hand-made optical device

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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Feature Story

Measuring each point of a beam of light

If you want to get the greatest benefit from a beam of light—whether to detect a distant planet or to remedy an aberration in the human eye—you need to be able to measure it. Now a University of Rochester research team has devised a much simpler way to measure beams of light—even powerful, superfast pulsed laser beams that require very complicated devices to characterize their properties.

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