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A research team led by Andrea Alù at the City University of New York (CUNY) and Heedong Goh at the Advanced Science Research Center at the CUNY Graduate Center (CUNY ASRC) developed a design for a nano-size, wave-based computer that solves advanced mathematical computations at the speed of light. The advancement stems from the researchers’ investigation insight into how nanomaterials interact with lightwaves, which could step up the development of...
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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded nearly $54 million in grants for 13 high-impact projects for research, development and testbeds for pandemic response. The funding, which was provided by the American Rescue Act, will support projects at eight manufacturing innovation institutes in the Manufacturing USA network, working with more 80 partners including leading research universities, nonprofits, and small and large manufacturers. The New York...
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The work is a significant step toward realizing a new generation of ultra-compact, low-energy-use computers capable of complex mathematical computation. Computers are an indispensable part of our daily lives, and the need for ones that can work faster, solve complex problems more efficiently, and leave smaller environmental footprints by minimizing the required energy for computation is increasingly urgent. Recent progress in photonics has shown that it’s possible to achieve more...
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PhD student Katie Dunn prepares samples for imaging cells using a quantitative phase microscope. “I feel like I’m part of a unique community” at the Institute of Optics, she says. (University of Rochester / J. Adam Fenster) Two New Awards will Help the University of Rochester Prepare a More Diverse Pipeline of Optics Professionals. Two recent awards will enable the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester to help address a pressing need...
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Cornell Engineering assistant professors Peter McMahon, Francesco Monticone and Atieh Moridi are among the 32 researchers selected from more than 220 applicants to receive Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program (YIP) awards, which support early-career scientists and engineers. The Young Investigator Program is a highly competitive early-career award program recognizing prior academic achievement and potential for significant scientific breakthrough. College and university tenure-track faculty who earned a Ph.D....
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In May 2021, the United Nations declared 2022 the International Year of Glass. University of Central Florida professor Kathleen Richardson and The Ohio State University professor Manoj Choudhary discuss the importance of glass in our lives, give the history of IYOG, and preview some of the events taking place to celebrate this International Year. View the transcript for this episode here. About the guests Kathleen Richardson is Pegasus Professor of Optics...
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Systems engineer manufacturer repurposed 43,000 square-foot facility will create almost 60 new jobs in the Town of Henrietta. Investment complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – the region’s comprehensive strategy to revitalize communities and grow the economy. Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that systems engineer manufacturer Precision Optical Transceivers (Precision OT) is growing its Monroe County operations, repurposing 43,000 square-feet of existing space at 2245 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Road in the Town of...
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Augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), extended reality (XR), and mixed reality (MR) have rapidly become buzzwords, leading to a lot of experimentation and excitement about future applications. While the technologies are often lumped together, it is important to note the clear distinctions in underlying technologies and use cases. Of the group, AR has the most realistic potential within the near future. According to Eric Abbruzzese, research director with ABI...
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The SPIE Graduate Fellowship will support PhD students in optics and photonics at the university’s Institute of Optics. SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and the University of Rochester have announced the establishment of the SPIE Graduate Fellowship in Optical Sciences and Engineering. The $500,000 gift from the SPIE Endowment Matching Program will be matched 100% by the University of Rochester. The new endowment was announced today during SPIE Photonics West in...
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Two new Rochester fellows of the National Academy of Inventors take aim. The most efficient photovoltaic cells used for solar power cost up to $50,000 per square meter. What if these cells could be replaced with a plastic solar concentrator less than 3 mm thick that concentrates sunlight 500 times at only $100 per square meter? Diseases that cause blindness destroy the rods and cones in the retina. Ganglion cells...
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