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 2019 & Spring 2020 Lectures

  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

  • Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Jeffrey Shapiro Topic: My 40+ Years in Quantum Optical Communication Host: Saikat Guha  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

    I have spent 40+ years working on a variety of topics in quantum optical
    communication. In this talk, I will present a semi-chronological, incomplete review
    of how that field has progressed, focusing on some of my group’s contributions. The
    results to be...
  • Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Grover Swartzlander  Topic: Diffractive Light Sails and Beam Riders Host: Rolf Binder 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

    Similar  to the early days of the Wright brothers, this period in

    history marks the dawn of the Age of Light Sails  for  propelling

    vehicles  through outer space. The combined emergence of a devel‐

    oping space economy, Cube Sat technology, metamaterial...

  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Guido Mueller Topic: LISA: The Gravitational Wave Observatory in Space Host:Felipe Guzman  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 Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) will enable us to listen to the low frequency/high mass gravitational wave band complementing the high frequency/low mass symphony currently received by LIGO and VIRGO. LISA will measure distance changes at the pm-level between free falling test...

  • Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Sergei Tochitsky Topic: Long-Wave Infrared Filamentation in Air: Lasers and High-Field Phenomena Host: 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

    Filamentation of a high-power laser beam in air opens possibility of the diffraction-compensated propagation of a laser beam over long distances and as such is being considered for remote stand-off detection, free-space communications, lightning control, and long-...

  • Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Dr. Alejandro Manjavacas Topic: Collective Effects on Periodic Arrays of Nanostructures Host: Linran Fan  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

    Periodic arrays are an exceptionally interesting arrangement for metallic nanostructures due to their ability to support strong collective lattice resonances arising from the coherent multiple scattering enabled by the array periodicity. Thanks to these exceptional  properties, periodic...

  • Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Dr. Jens Biegert Title: Attosecond x-rays for ultrafast condensed phase physics Host: 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

    The development of intense mid-IR sources led to the generation of isolated attosecond pulses in the soft X-ray water window across the oxygen edge at 543 eV. These table top sources of coherent x-rays are powerful new tools that combine ultrafast temporal resolution with the soft X-ray’s...

  • Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Dr. Anthony Yee Title: SPIDER: a chip-scale interferometric imaging sensor Host: Jonathan Ellis 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 Advanced Technology Center (ATC) is a small R&D lab in Palo Alto, California within Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company which aims to solve challenging engineering & integration problems and provide next generation capabilities to its defense, aerospace and civilian customers. We...

  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Professor Volker Sorger Topic: Heterogeneous Photonics for Next-generation Optoelectronics and Analog Processors Host: Eric Clark 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

    Photonic technologies are at the forefront of the ongoing 4th industrial revolution of digitalization
    supporting applications such as virtual reality, autonomous vehicles, and electronic warfare. The
    development of integrated photonics in recent years enabled functional...
  • Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Dr. David Tsu Topic:The Study of Light Scattering from its beginnings in Astronomy, to understanding Haze in polymers, to helping Cosmology? Host: 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

    Before discussing scattering, I will briefly start off talking about the meaning of Spectroscopy and what a Spectroscopist does. For some reason, the subject of light scattering in not taught in any meaningful way, especially at the Undergraduate level. But without such research, our knowledge...

  • Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Quntao Zhuang Topic: Quantum information with quantum optics: from sensing, communication to scrambling Host: Saikat Guha   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 has been an exciting area of research, with many different platforms. In this talk, I am going to introduce quantum information science with a focus on quantum optical systems, including two main subjects---quantum...

  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

  • Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: John Schaibley Topic: Interlayer Excitons and Nonlinear Plasmonics in 2D Material Heterostructures Host: Rolf Binder 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

    Atomically thin semiconductors, such as monolayer MoSe2 and WSe2, have emerged as exciting optoelectronic materials, with novel spin-valley electronic physics and excitons that are strongly bound at room temperature. It has recently been shown that these materials can form...

  • Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speaker: Prof. Cun-Zheng Ning Topic: Semiconductor Nanolasers: From Plasmonics to 2D Monolayer Materials Host: Rolf Binder 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

    Miniaturization has been a constant trend for semiconductor-based technologies such as microelectronics and photonics. One of the most important photonic components in many applications is semiconductor lasers, whose miniaturization is both important and challenging, especially in the future...

  • Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm