Provided below are the 2012-2013 academic year College of Optical Sciences Colloquium lectures. The current lecture series can be found on the main Colloquium page.


  • Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Thomas L. Koch, dean of the College of Optical Sciences and professor of optical sciences and electrical and computer engineering at the University of Arizona, will present "Progress, Challenges and Opportunities in Photonic Integrated Circuits."

  • Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Eli Yablonovich, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, and director of the National Science Foundation Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science, will present "The Optoelectronic Physics That Just Broke the Efficiency Record in Solar Cells."

  • Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Ian Galbraith from Heriot-Watt University (United Kingdom) presents "Optical Physics in Organic Semiconductor Molecules."

  • Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Harnessing Light for Sensing and Guiding at Mesoscales

  • Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    David J. Brady, the Michael J. Fitzpatrick Professor at Duke University, will present "Gigapixel Television."

  • Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    A. Mysyrowicz, director of research emeritus at the National Center for Scientific Research (France) and associate professor at the Superior National School of Advanced Techniques ParisTech (France)

  • Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Mary A. Peterson from the University of Arizona will present "Memory Influences on Figure-Ground Perception: Evidence for Reentrant Processing."

  • Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Kyle J. Myers, Ph.D. 1985, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will present "Regulatory Science Challenges in Medical Imaging."

  • Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Paul Chaikin from New York University will present "Living Crystals from Light-Activated Artificial Surfers."

  • Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm

    Stanley Pau will present "Micro-devices and Optics for Applications in Sensing, Imaging and Energy Conversion."

  • Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm

    Marcos Dantus from Michigan State University and Biophotonics Solutions Inc. will present "Applications Based on Control of Nonlinear Optical Interference Using Shaped Ultrafast Laser Pulses."

  • Thursday, February 7, 2013  
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  • Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Peter Smith from the University of Arizona will present "The University of Arizona: Built Space Cameras."

  • Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Andrea Alù from the University of Texas, Austin, will present "Plasmonics and Metamaterials to Control and Manipulate Light."

  • Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Michelle Povinelli from the University of Southern California will present "Light Interaction with Nanostructured Materials: Photovoltaics and Self-Assembly."

  • Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
  • Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Khanh Kieu will present "Generation of Ultrafast Optical Pulses and Applications."

  • Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Axel Scherer from the California Institute of Technology will present "Nanofabricated Silicon Devices: Nanosensors and Nano-Spectroscopy Systems."

  • Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Jerome V. Moloney will present "Optically Pumped Semiconductor Disk Lasers."

  • Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Günter Steinmeyer from the Max Born Institute (Germany) and the Tampere University of Technology (Finland) will present "Nonlinear Optics of Supercontinua: From Rogue Waves to the Event Horizon."

  • Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Philippe Jacquod from the University of Arizona will present "Wave Interferences in Random Lasers."