Colloquium

The OSC Colloquium series is a dynamic forum for the interchange of ideas, techniques and research in all areas of optics, wherein academic scholars and industry leaders lead discussions about groundbreaking research and open the floor to questions and comments. Students, faculty members, members of the optics community and the public are all invited to attend.

Colloquium is held on Thursday in Meinel 307 each week during the academic year.

Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 Lectures

  • Thursday, May 9, 2019  

  • Thursday, May 2, 2019  

  • Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Jennifer Hastie Topic:  Hosted by: Jerry Moloney Visit our website for future lecture dates and speaker information: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium For a list of our archived lectures: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium/archive

  • Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Daniel Ou-Yang Topic: Optical tweezers: applications of colloidal force spectroscopy to study soft matter physics Hosted by: Masud Mansuripur Visit our website for future lecture dates and speaker information: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium For a list of our archived lectures: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium/archive

    This talk is an attribution to celebrate Arthur Ashkin’s 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics "for the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems. The talk tells how optical tweezers were developed into colloidal force spectroscopy (CFS), a method broadly applicable for the...

  • Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Buddy Martin  Topic: Making Mirrors for Giant Telescopes Visit our website for future lecture dates and speaker information: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium For a list of our archived lectures: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium/archive

    Advances in our understanding of the Universe depend on improvements in sensitivity and angular resolution that can come only with larger telescopes. Telescope diameters increased by an order of magnitude in just over a century, but that growth has been sporadic, limited mainly by the ability to...

  • Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Dr. Keith Doyle Topic: Overcoming Optomechanical Engineering Challenges in the Development of High Performance Optical Systems at MIT Lincoln Laboratory Visit our website for future lecture dates and speaker information: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium For a list of our archived lectures: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium/archive

    MIT Lincoln Laboratory develops a broad-range of high performance optical systems including laser communications, directed energy, radiometric detectors, chemical sensing, laser radar, and imaging systems in support of science discovery and National security. Strict pointing and image quality...

  • Thursday, March 28, 2019  

  • Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Mark Saffman  Topic: Neutral Atom Quantum Computing Host: Poul Jessen  Visit our website for future lecture dates and speaker information: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium For a list of our archived lectures: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium/archive

    Quantum computing is a few decades old and is currently an area where there is great excitement, and rapid developments. One of the daunting challenges in developing a practical quantum computer is the need for a very large number of qubits. Neutral atoms are one of the most promising approaches...

  • Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Dr. Vladimir Pervak  Topic: Advanced Multilayer Coatings for Femtosecond and Attosecond Physics Host: Mohammed Hassan Visit our website for future lecture dates and speaker information: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium For a list of our archived lectures: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium/archive

    The goal of generating short laser pulses down to the limit set by a single wave cycle of light has been pursued ever since the invention of lasers. Laser pulses consisted of only a small number of wave cycles allow more efficient exploitation of nonlinear optical effects with implications as...

  • Thursday, March 7, 2019  

  • Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Kate Medicus Topic: Yes, that’s a nice design, but can it be made? Visit our website for future lecture dates and speaker information: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium For a list of our archived lectures: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium/archive

    There can be a mismatch between optical design software and manufacturability of optical components. These mismatches can lead to optics impossible to manufacture – negative edge thickness anyone? Other mismatches may only have negative cost and time consequences. In this colloquia you...

  • Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Nicholas Morley  Host: Michael Hart Topic: Laser and Beam Control Development for Airborne HEL Applications Visit our website for future lecture dates and speaker information: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium For a list of our archived lectures: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium/archive

    Efficiently generating and projecting high power laser light from an aircraft presents a number of unique challenges that span multiple physics and engineering disciplines, including optics, fluid dynamics, mechanical engineering, open- and closed-loop controls, thermal management, power systems...

  • Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker:Dr. Dennis Schlippert Host: Felipe Guzman  Topic: Matter wave interferometry for inertial sensing and tests of fundamental physics Visit our website for future lecture dates and speaker information: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium For a list of our archived lectures: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium/archive

    Today's state-of-the-art atom inertial sensors require improvements in stability and accuracy in order to fully exploit their potential with large scale factors on very long baselines on ground and in space, as well as in dynamic environments, e.g. for inertial navigation. I will report on...

  • Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Daniel Vukobratovich Topic: Increasing the Range of Vision: Binocular Performance and Design. Hosted by: Jose Sasian Visit our website for future lecture dates and speaker information: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium For a list of our archived lectures: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium/archive

    The visual performance of the common binocular is a surprisingly subtle and interesting topic.  Human vision and optical design interact in a complex way to determine binocular performance, invalidating simple estimates based on magnification.  Selecting the right binocular for amateur...

  • Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Felipe Guzman  Topic: Laser Measurement Science and Optomechanical Technologies Visit our website for future lecture dates and speaker information: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium For a list of our archived lectures: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium/archive

    Coherent light enables length measurements of exquisite sensitivity that lie at the core of fascinating observations in fundamental and quantum physics, astrophysics, geodesy and measurement science in general.

    Novel technologies and measurement principles find application in areas that...

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Maxim Sukharev Topic: Exciton-Plasmon Nanosystems: Modeling, Understanding, and Predicting New Phenomena Visit our website for future lecture dates and speaker information: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium For a list of our archived lectures: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium/archive

    The rapid surge in manufacturing of nanostructured materials and significant advances in optical science open a wide variety of opportunities to field-test electrodynamics at true nanoscale. In this talk I will discuss the physics and modeling aspects of so-called hybrid nanomaterials, i.e....

  • Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Thomas Milner Topic: Optics for Medical Diagnostics and Surgery   Visit our website for future lecture dates and speaker information: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium For a list of our archived lectures: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium/archive

    Although for millennia the development of optical science and engineering has been intimately interconnected with the human eye, over the last few decades light has been increasingly used to image and treat pathologies in many other tissues.  These recent medical developments and...

  • Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Zheshen Zhang Topic: Entanglement-Enhanced Quantum Sensing and Communication Visit our website for future lecture dates and speaker information: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium For a list of our archived lectures: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium/archive

    Quantum information science (QIS) gives rise to unprecedented capabilities in sensing, computing, and communication. In this talk, I will first provide an overview of QIS and then describe our recent work on using entanglement, a unique but fragile quantum phenomenon, to improve the performance...

  • Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Erik Novak Topic: Snapshot Technologies for Measurement of 3D Surfaces" Visit our website for future lecture dates and speaker information: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium For a list of our archived lectures: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium/archive

    Dr. Novak will present an overview of several of the techniques currently employed in industry for single frame (snapshot) measurement of various surface properties including stress, surface shape and roughness on both specular and diffuse materials, covering lateral scales from micrometers to...

  • Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Mohammed Hassan  Topic: Attosecond Electron Imaging  Visit our website for future lecture dates and speaker information: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium For a list of our archived lectures: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium/archive

    In the last decades, the developments in attosecond (attosecond =10-18second) physics enabled the real-time studies of electron dynamics in matter. Tracing the electron motion in its native time scale becomes crucial for the accurate clocking of microscopic phenomena. The attosecond...

  • Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Garrett D. Cole Topic: Substrate-transferred crystalline coatings Visit our website for future lecture dates and speaker information: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium For a list of our archived lectures: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium/archive

    Substrate-transferred crystalline coatings are a groundbreaking new concept in optical interference coatings. Building upon fundamental research in optomechanical resonators, these “semiconductor supermirrors” were first demonstrated in 2013, with the key advantage being the ability...

  • Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Hari Krovi Topic: An Efficient High Dimentional Schur Transformation  Visit our website for future lecture dates and speaker information: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium For a list of our archived lectures: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium/archive

    The Schur transform is a unitary operator that block diagonalizes the action of the symmetric and unitary groups on an n fold tensor product V⊗n of a vector space V of dimension d. This would have numerous applications...

  • Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Eugene Arthurs Topic: Recollections on a Life with Light Visit our website for future lecture dates and speaker information: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium For a list of our archived lectures: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium/archive

    Ever since I got my first degree, in applied physics, I was drawn into the field of optics and light. Almost fifty years later I can look back on a richness of opportunities for education and innovation in many important aspects of this exploding area. I spent most of my career in industry and...

  • Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Mukund Vengalattore Topic: Emergent phases and novel critical behavior in open quantum systems Visit our website for future lecture dates and speaker information: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium For a list of our archived lectures: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium/archive

    Owing to the competition between quantum coherent dynamics and dissipation, the behavior of open quantum systems often conforms neither to unitary quantum descriptions nor to classical thermodynamic laws. In most cases, the presence of strong dissipation leads to the destruction of quantum...

  • Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Dr. Jonathan D. Ellis Topic: "IRIS: Intra-Tissue Refractive Index Shaping, a Scalable Manufacturing Technology for Refractive Correction" Visit our website for future lecture dates and speaker information: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium For a list of our archived lectures: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium/archive

    Altering the refractive index of both hydrogel materials and living cornea shows promise for ophthalmic applications. Our novel process, IRIS (Intra-tissue Refractive Index Shaping) uses femtosecond lasers in a mode that induces nonlinear multi-photon absorption and alters the refractive index...

  • Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 3:45pm
    Speaker: Dr. Elohim Becerra, University of New Mexico Topic: "Optimized Photon Counting Measurements for Coherent State Discrimination" Visit our website for future lecture dates and speaker information: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium For a list of our archived lectures: http://www.optics.arizona.edu/news-events/events/colloquium/archive

    Efficient and reliable measurements for the discrimination of nonorthogonal states of light are a critical element for quantum and classical communications. The intrinsic quantum noise in coherent states of light sets the achievable sensitivity limits of any measurement aiming to distinguish...

  • Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Quantum photon conversion with integrated nonlinear photonics.

    The ability to manipulate photons is of critical importance for both fundamental quantum optics studies and practical quantum communication applications. While integrated photonic circuits provide the unprecedented power to realize complex photon control with minimized structures, most materials...