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Optics alumna and professor earn Nobel Prize

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

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Recent News

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 ...

Omer Ropri remembered

August 22, 2018

Emil Wolf Remembered

August 15, 2018

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

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 2019

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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Resolving quantum ‘weirdness’: A new look at the duality of light

For 90 years physicists have known that incompatibly opposite properties are inherent in all elementary particle—such as electrons, photons, and mesons—and any of them can be observed to have either property at any time. Now University of Rochester researchers say they’ve resolved this weird and inescapable wave-particle duality.

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