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Innovations in optics, photonics and imaging are the basis of many broader technologies, which makes this expanding industry a key component of New York State’s 21st-century business plan. R&D and skilled talent, the lifeblood of this industry, are abundant in New York State, thanks to the state’s continual investment in both over the past two decades. In fact, New York State leads the nation in combined public and private R&D...
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Author: Forest Ray Rapid and repeated imaging of blood flow through the eyes can inform physicians of a patient’s risk of sustaining eye damage and developing vision problems related to sickle cell disease (SCD), as well as of how effective a given therapy is, a recent study shows. According to researchers, this could enable doctors to make earlier diagnoses, better monitor patients’ overall health, and determine which treatments work best for individual...
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Operators of a Rochester-based photonics initiative say they are working to secure a seven-year deal with “significant” federal funding to sustain operations. The expectation has been that support from the U.S. Department of Defense would continue. But how much, and for how long, has been an open — an increasingly pressing — question. “Getting this deal done fairly soon is really important,” said Ed White, associate vice president with the initiative’s Testing...
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University of Rochester Researchers Combine Freeform Optics and a Metasurface to Avoid ‘Bug Eyes’ (University of Rochester illustration / Michael Osadciw) “Image” is everything in the $20 billion market for AR/VR glasses. Consumers are looking for glasses that are compact and easy to wear, delivering high-quality imagery with socially acceptable optics that don’t look like “bug eyes.” University of Rochester researchers at the Institute of Optics have come up with a novel technology...
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The Rochester Museum & Science Center is hosting a virtual Changemakers Speaker Series. The Changemakers Exhibit at the museum shares stories of women who have changed the world! This series features a number of incredible Rochester women through virtual exhibitions. The featured Changemaker for their May 13th event is someone who has greatly impacted the optics industry, her name is Alexis Vogt. Alexis Vogt, PhD is an Endowed Chair &...
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LASER-TEC is the Center for Laser and Fiber Optics Education, founded in 2013 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and headquartered at Indian River State College in Florida. It was created to help meet the goals of educating and sourcing domestic talent in electro-optics (think LASERS). The Rochester region, on the other hand, has long been recognized internationally as the leader in optics education because of the MCC Precision Optics...
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AMS, a developer of high-performance sensor solutions, is establishing a new imaging center of excellence for image sensors and product validation to support key US customers, at the Riverwood Tech Campus in Rochester, NY, USA. A concentration of photonics expertise in research and development in the Rochester area means that there is world-class talent base to create a center of excellence for optical imaging, said the company, which last year completed the...
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Original Author: Shannon Wojcik ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SunDensity, the developer of the Photonic Smart Coating (PSC™) technology that increases solar power output and has additional applications in consumer electronics and architectural glass, today announced a research agreement with the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics. As part of the one-year agreement, University of Rochester will combine its valuable experience, skills, and ability in optical sciences with SunDensity’s...
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Luminate announced cohort four of the Luminate NY accelerator program and competition. A total of 126 startups from 22 countries and 21 U.S. states applied for consideration to be a part of the world’s largest accelerator for startups with optics, photonics, and imaging (OPI) enabled applications. The companies were selected after pitching their innovative ideas to an advisory panel comprised of industry experts. Each finalist will receive an initial investment...
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IDEX Health & Science Semrock optical filters are on NASA’s new Perseverance rover that will try to definitively answer whether life ever existed on Mars. Working with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), our optical filter team developed filters for the SHERLOC instrument, which will enable the rover to identify, collect and store rock and soil samples from Mars. The SHERLOC (Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics &...
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