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An experiment at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF) has triggered ignition for the first time. Ignition is the process that amplifies energy output from nuclear fusion and that could provide an avenue for clean energy, as well as provide answers to many long-held questions in physics. In the Aug. 8 experiment, which LLNL reported today, scientists achieved an energy yield of 1.3 MJ — more...
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Cornell researchers are proposing a new way to modulate both the absorptive and the refractive qualities of metamaterials in real time, and their findings open intriguing new opportunities to control, in time and space, the propagation and scattering of waves for applications in various areas of wave physics and engineering. The research published in the journal Optica, “Spectral Causality and the Scattering of Waves,” is authored by doctoral students Zeki...
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Rochester researchers have documented the pulsed-laser-in-liquid technique’s multiple advantages over traditional wet lab methods. Chemical catalysts are the change agents behind the production of just about everything we use in our daily lives, from plastics to prescription drugs. When the right catalysts are mixed with the right chemical compounds, molecules that would otherwise take years to interact do so in mere seconds. However, developing even one catalyst material to trigger...
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Corning Advanced Optics is expanding and adding jobs to help address a backlog in the semiconductor supply chain. David Velasquez, the Vice President and General Manager for Corning Advanced Optics, discussed the looming demand and the products manufactured at the company’s Fairport facility Wednesday during our Greater Rochester Enterprise Why ROC conversation. “I think most people have heard about the excitement in the semiconductor industry, not only the broadening of...
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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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