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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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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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