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Institute alumnus Guizar-Sicairos wins ICO Prize

November 26, 2019

Manuel Guizar-Sicairos

Manuel Guizar-Sicairos ’08 (MS), ’10 (PhD), an Institute of Optics alumnus and currently a beamline scientist at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland, is the 2019 recipient of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) Prize for 2019.


Institute of Optics Researchers Recognized as OSA Fellows

November 15, 2019

A photo collage of Bentley, Hunter, and Visser.

Two faculty members and a visiting professor at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics have been named fellows of the Optical Society (OSA), the world’s leading organization devoted to optics and photonics.


Katie Schwertz Elected as Director of SPIE

November 6, 2019

Katie Schwertz

Katie Schwertz ’08 says she “didn’t really know anything about optics” until she took an introductory course at the Institute of Optics. Now she’s been elected a director of SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics.


2019 Hajim School Lifetime Achievement Award: James Fienup

August 27, 2019

James Fienup and two PhD candidates working on a project in his lab.

In addition to remarkable research and teaching skills, this year’s recipient of the Hajim School Lifetime Achievement Award has a splendid knack for reading the writing on the wall. (Presented September 9, 2019 by Wendi Heinzelman, Dean of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences)


Rolland is 2019 Alumna of the Year at Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences

August 16, 2019

Jannick Rolland in her lab.

After graduating with a master's in optical engineering from the Ecole Superieure d’Optiquein Orsay, France, Jannick Rolland moved to Tucson, Arizona. She wanted to become fluent in English and resolve, once and for all, whether she should pursue a career in dance or science.


Fennig receives Best Student Paper Prize

August 13, 2019

Eryn Fennig

Eryn Fennig, a PhD candidate in the lab of Duncan Moore, Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Professor in Optical Engineering Science, is a recipient of the 2019 Advanced Photonics Best Student Paper Prize for “Planar Light Guide Concentrators for Building Integrated Photovoltaics.” The paper, co-authored by research engineer Greg Schmidt and Moore, was presented at the Optical Devices and Materials for Solar Energy and Solid-state Lighting (PVLED) meeting at the recent OSA Advanced Photonics Congress, held in San Francisco.


Two awards recognize breadth of Agrawal’s contributions in physical optics

August 8, 2019

Govind Agrawal.

Two recent awards pay tribute to Govind Agrawal, the James C. Wyant Professor of Optics at the Institute of Optics, who has made seminal contributions in many areas of physical optics, including lasers, fiber-optical communications, and nonlinear optics.


Matt Banet wins outstanding student paper award

July 24, 2019

t banetMatthias (Matt) Banet won the Outstanding Student Paper award from the Optical Society (OSA) for his paper, "Multiplexed Digital Holography for Atmospheric Characterization,"  in the topical meeting on Propagation Through and Characterization of Atmospheric and Oceanic Phenomena at the OSA’s Imaging and Applied Optics Congress in Munich, Germany, on June 27, 2019.


Startup with strong ties to Institute is big winner at Luminate

June 28, 2019

The top finisher in this year’s Luminate competition is a startup company with strong ties to The Institute of Optics.


Students illuminate the science of light at Lilac Festival

June 10, 2019

Amelia Nice may not have fully understood the science involved, but the 2-year-old was clearly intrigued by what she saw inside a dark box at Rochester’s Lilac Festival last month.


James Webb Space Telescope will rely on Fienup’s algorithms to see clearly

June 4, 2019

A memorable scene from the movie Apollo 13 shows three astronauts being relentlessly bounced and jostled during their launch. Imagine what all that bouncing does to a finely tuned space telescope when it is lifted off a launch pad!


A hero’s welcome for Donna Strickland

May 23, 2019

During her week in Stockholm last December, Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland ’89 (PhD) had to explain to her hosts why Americans would not be glued to their TV sets watching Nobel Prize coverage, as many Europeans would be.


Nick Takaki receives scholarship award

May 9, 2019

A photo of the student.

Nick Takaki, a fourth year PhD student at The Institute of Optics, working with Professor Jannick Rolland, Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering, is the 2019 winner of the Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship award.


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

March 25, 2019

ThisCover of book is the stepping off point for Quantum Photonics: Pioneering Advances and Emerging Applications (Springer Nature 2019). Edited by Robert Boyd and Svetlana Lukishova of the Institute of Optics and Victor Zadkov of the Institute of Spectroscopy in Troitsk, Moscow, Russia, the book provides the latest advances in modern quantum, nano-, and nonlinear photonics (Part I) and historical experiments of the period 1900─1956 on light pressure, single photons and nonlinear optics complimented with reprints and translation into English of some pioneering experimental papers (Part II). It is available online through the University of Rochester subscription for the Springer Series in Optical Sciences.


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 the 2019 recipient of The Optical Society (OSA) Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award.


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 endowed chair at the University of Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences.


Four with ties to Institute become fellows of SPIE

January 10, 2019

collage of spie recipientsFrom 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 helped protect the integrity of the ballot box, preserve great works of art, and assess the damage mobile screens do to our eyes.


Boyd named fellow of AAAS

November 28, 2018

Robert Boyd, known for his pioneering work in nonlinear optical interactions and nonlinear optical properties of materials, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS). The Institute of Optics professor is among 416 members of the association being recognized for their “efforts toward advancing scientific applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.”


Pomerantz receives education award

October 30, 2018

Michael Pomerantz, a technical associate with the Institute’s Hopkins Center for Optical Design and Engineering, is this year’s recipient of the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster (RRPC) Education Award, which recognizes individuals who inspire students to embrace optics, photonics, and imaging sciences and who guide them in career development.


Career advice from one well qualified to give it

October 26, 2018

Fantone speaking at IA meeting


Omer Ropri remembered

August 22, 2018

picture of omer and rose he photographed as part of a project


Emil Wolf Remembered

August 15, 2018

Friends and colleagues of Emil Wolf gathered yesterday to honor the memory of one of the most recognized optical scientists of his generation.


Bentley, Kruschwitz publish books on lens design and colorimetry

August 13, 2018

covers of two new textbooks by optics faculty members


Visiting REU students explore photonics

August 1, 2018

Catherine Arndt explains her project at a poster session


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 published recently in Nature Light: Science & Applications, Chunlei and Billy Lam, a PhD student in his lab, describe a wedged reversal shearing interferometer that provides a much simpler way to measure beams of light— even powerful, superfast pulsed laser beams that  require very complicated devices to characterize their properties.


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 created a buzz by being the first to create terahertz light from water, in collaboration with groups at universities in China and Russia. Now Xi-Cheng has received a grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to develop new physics to fully characterize this process in liquids, especially in water and related materials, to support new THz wave science, technology, and applications.


Zavislan named a distinguished teaching professor

July 10, 2018

Hajim School engineering students have generally worked on their senior design projects with other students in their own department. Now, they’ll be able to draw on the expertise of carefully screened engineering students in other departments as well, thanks to the Hajim Consultants program proposed by James Zavislan, an associate professor of optics, an associate dean for education and new initiatives --  and a newly appointed Mercer Brugler Distinguished Teaching Professor.


Century-old optical device will find new life in the classroom

July 5, 2018

Illustration of the coloritmeter


US patent office issues its 10 millionth patent to Rochester alumnus

June 20, 2018

Jospeh MarronJoseph Marron ’86, an alumnus of the Institute of Optics, has more than 20 patents to his credit. But his latest, for a new way to obtain real-time readings from large laser radars, has special significance.


Tackling the 12 ‘Herculean Tasks’ of Quantum Optics

June 14, 2018

Twisted lightThomas Brown and Robert Boyd, professors of optics, are among the authors of a new survey of the biggest scientific challenges and questions in the field of quantum optics.


Guo and Vorobyev Receive T.C. Graham Prize

June 4, 2018

Guo and VorobyevChunlei Guo, professor of optics, and senior scientist Anatoliy Vorobyev, have received the 2017 T.C. Graham Prize from the Association for Iron and Steel Technology for their use of femtosecond laser pulses to etch metal surfaces.


Xu Awarded SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

May 17, 2018

Photo of Di XuDi Xu has been awarded a 2018 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, for her potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field.


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

March 21, 2018

Photo of Ian Walmsley by Carlos StroudAs part of Women’s History Month, the Augmented World Expo (AWE) is celebrating eight of the world’s top AR+VR women visionaries.  Among those honored is Professor Jannick Rolland, Director of the Center for Freeform Optics (CeFO).  Jannick received this recognition for her inspiring work in the field of optics which has helped pave the way for today’s women in XR.  Read more here.


Former Institute Director Now Imperial College Provost

March 10, 2018

Photo of Ian Walmsley by Carlos StroudFormer Institute professor and director Ian Walmsley was recently appointed Provost of Imperial College, London.  Professor Walmsley studied quantum information, entanglement and quantum encryption at Rochester and remains an expert and asset to the field.


Institute Professor Marciante Joins with FemtoRoc Corp on Massive Laser Project

March 9, 2018

A 2-inch lens capable of multi-kiloWatt laser powerJohn Marciante, associate professor of optics, has undertaken a joint research project with FemtoRoc Corp. The goal is to develop more powerful lasers that will make it commercially viable to change the surface of metals in incredible ways, so they are super water-repellent, for example. The project, expected to take six years, has a research budget estimated at $10 million. This would enable technology developed by Chunlei Guo, professor of optics, and Anatoliy Vorobyev, a senior scientist, to be used for a host of applications, including de-icing of commercial airplanes and large trucks, rust and corrosion prevention of exposed metal surfaces, and cleaner, anti-microbial surfaces for surgical and medical facilities.


Institute Professor Duncan Moore Wins Bryand Award

March 8, 2018

Photo of Ian Walmsley by Carlos StroudThe Edward T. Bryand Distinguished Engineering Award is given each year by the University of Maine’s College of Engineering to recognize an individual, outside the University, who has brought distinction to the profession of engineering. 

It is appropriate that Duncan Moore, the Rudolf Kingslake Professor of Optical Engineering at Rochester, is the 2017 recipient of the award.

Moore, after all, is a native of Maine, who received his undergraduate degree in physics and an honorary doctorate from the University of Maine.

And he has certainly “brought distinction to the profession of engineering” – at many levels of service.

As a researcher, Moore is an expert in gradient-index optics, computer-aided design, and the manufacture of optical systems.


Cutting-Edge Science Leads to Cut-Free Biopsies

January 10, 2018

Lens and laser source from an optical-coherence microscopy deviceDespite advances in microsurgery, it can still be difficult to tell if a skin cancer has been entirely removed without a follow-up biopsy, which could require a patient to come back for a second operation.

But what if the biopsy could be performed noninvasively as part of the initial procedure, so the surgeon would know immediately whether additional cancerous tissue needed to be removed?

A novel optical device to do just that moved a step closer to commercialization recently. LighTopTech, a University of Rochester spinoff, was one of 10 startups to advance to the next phase of a competition sponsored by the accelerator Luminate, “the world's largest start-up accelerator program for optics, photonics and imaging technologies,” according to a press release from the office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.


Device Creates Negative Mass and Novel Lasers

January 10, 2018

Lens and laser source from an optical-coherence microscopy deviceMost objects react in predictable ways when force is applied to them—unless they have “negative mass.” And then they react exactly opposite from what you would expect.


Institute Professor Xi-Cheng Zhang Wins Humboldt Research Award

January 10, 2018

Lens and laser source from an optical-coherence microscopy deviceTwo University of Rochester faculty members—William Jones of the Department of Chemistry and Xi-Cheng Zhang of the Institute of Optics—have received prestigious Humboldt Research Awards. The awards will enable them to spend up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany.


Professor Wayne Knox Elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

January 9, 2018

Prof. Wayne Knox wearing goggles to prevent eye damage from lasersA professor of optics at the University of Rochester, Knox has been awarded a slew of patents – 50 in the US, and another 150 or so worldwide. Most recently, he co-invented a potentially game-changing way of correcting vision by noninvasively modifying the cornea with femtosecond lasers. It also works with contact lenses and intra-ocular lenses.