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Rochester, NY: The other week, New York Photonics celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Annual WNY Optics Golf Tournament at Shadow Lake Golf Club. To date, the WNY Optics Golf Tournament has raised more than $360,000 for Golisano Children’s Hospital. Money raised at the event goes to pediatric care.   “To raise money for Golisano Children’s hospital. It is not only a way to thank them for saving my life more than once, but for saving the...
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Cornell University researchers have developed nanostructures that enable record-breaking conversion of laser pulses into high-harmonic generation. The work paves the way for new scientific tools for high-resolution imaging as well as the study of physical processes that occur at the scale of an attosecond. High harmonic generation is used to merge photons from a pulsed laser into one ultrashort photon with higher energy, producing extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light and x-rays...
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Alù will receive the world’s largest unrestricted prize for early career scientists for his work in physical sciences and engineering. Professor Andrea Alù, founding director of the Photonics Initiative at the Advanced Science Research Center at the Graduate Center, CUNY (CUNY ASRC) and Einstein Professor of Physics at the Graduate Center, has been named the 2021 Blavatnik National Awards Laureate in Physical Sciences and Engineering. The Blavatnik National Awards, given annually...
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The American Center for Optics Manufacturing (AmeriCOM) has been selected for a five-year, $34 million grant from the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Office of Industrial Policy program to launch a nationwide public-private Defense Precision Optics Consortium partnership, which is also known as the Defense Precision Optics Workforce Development and Technology Ecosystem Project. The partnership will boost the domestic precision optics industry by identifying gaps in the precision optics defense industrial...
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Paras Prasad, Executive Director of UB’s Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics is the recipient of the 2021 IEEE Photonics Society William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award. The award recognizes “an exceptional single scientific contribution which has had a significant impact in the field of lasers and electro-optics in the past ten years,” according to IEEE. Prasad was selected “for pioneering contributions in multiphoton processes in molecular materials and developing technologies that advance...
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Monroe Community College is empowering students to build a high-tech career through a course of study in precision optics.   Professor Alexis Vogt, the MCC Chair of the Optical Systems Technology Program, discussed the program and the abundant opportunity for precision optics expertise in the Rochester region Friday during our Greater Rochester Enterprise Why ROC conversation. “Optics is all around us and it’s part of our lives every single day,”...
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ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 21, 2021 — Researchers at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics have produced ultrashort, extremely high-energy (chirped) laser pulses using a spectral filter in a Kerr resonator. Kerr resonators, which operate without amplification, are of interest to researchers globally due to their ability to support behaviors that include broadband bursts of light. The pulses created in the work remained stable in low quality-factor resonators, despite large dissipation. The...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 Contact: Allison Biasotti, 202-224-7433 Elizabeth Landau (Gillibrand), 202-224-3873 Dana Vernetti (Morelle), 585-820-4684   SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MORELLE ANNOUNCE: ROCHESTER-BASED AMERICOM SELECTED BY DOD TO LAUNCH PARTNERSHIP THAT WILL BOOST DOMESTIC PRECISION OPTICS INDUSTRY; REPS LED CHARGE TO SECURE FUNDING TO CREATE PILOT PROGRAM & REVOLUTIONIZE OPTICS TECH, MANUFACTURING, AND WORKFORCE As U.S. Defense Systems Become Increasingly Reliant On Advanced Precision Optics Tech, Partnership Between AmeriCOM And DoD Will...
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SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Rochester Institute of Technology will present the 2021 Photonics for Quantum Digital Forum July 16-20. Previously an RIT initiative, this year marks a new iteration of this event in the form of a partnership between RIT and SPIE. The five-day event will include more than 20 speakers from across international industry and research as well as an interactive poster session. Discussions and presentations...
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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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