Applied Optics Lab Wins Optimax Grant

    Date Posted: 
    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    The Applied Optics Laboratory (AOL), led by Professor Rongguang Liang, was recently awarded the Optimax Research Grant. The grant offered $10,000 in monetary credit for the manufacturing of custom optical components by Optimax.

    Rick Plympton, CEO of Optimax, announced the grant recipient. "We have reviewed the proposals and the winner is the Applied Optics Laboratory (AOL) – a project that requires an IR focusing objective to enhance system performance. Rongguang Liang is the Principle Investigator. In his proposal, he states that:

    With the support from UA’s Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) Asset Development Program, we have purchased a ps 2μm fiber laser to investigate the optimal laser parameters for printing optics from optical silicone. Another key component needed for this research is a high NA objective to focus the IR laser to a small spot to cure the material more precisely. However there is no commercial high NA IR objective lens available for this need."

    Rick concludes, "Congratulations to Ron and his team!"

    In addition, because Optimax is an Industrial Affiliates member, they are offering a 30% discount on custom optics for the University of Arizona.

    Congratulations to Rongguang and the Applied Optics Lab!