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Emil Wolf 1922-2018

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

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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 ...

Tackling the 12 ‘Herculean Tasks’ of Quantum Optics

June 14, 2018

Thomas Brown and Robert Boyd, professors of optics, are among the authors of a new survey of the big ...

Guo and Vorobyev Receive T.C. Graham Prize

June 4, 2018

Chunlei Guo, professor of optics, and senior scientist Anatoliy Vorobyev, have received the 2017 T.C ...

Xu Awarded SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

May 17, 2018

Di Xu has been awarded a 2018 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by SPIE, the international ...

Jannick Rolland Honored as Influential Woman Pioneer in Augmented and Virtual Reality

March 21, 2018

As part of Women’s History Month, the Augmented World Expo (AWE) is celebrating eight of the w ...

Former Institute Director Now Imperial College Provost

March 10, 2018

Former Institute professor and director Ian Walmsley was recently appointed Provost of Imperial Coll ...

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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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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