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Tag: Institute of Optics

Measuring each point of a beam of light

Measuring each point of a beam of light

July 11, 2018

If you want to get the greatest benefit from a beam of light—whether to detect a distant planet or to remedy an aberration in the human eye—you need to be able to measure it. Now a University of Rochester research team has devised a much simpler way to measure beams of light—even powerful, superfast pulsed laser beams that require very complicated devices to characterize their properties.

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US patent office issues its 10 millionth patent to Rochester alumnus

US patent office issues its 10 millionth patent to Rochester alumnus

June 20, 2018

Joseph Marron ’86, an alumnus of the Institute of Optics, has more than 20 patents to his credit. But his latest, for a new way to obtain real-time readings from large laser radars, has special significance.

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Tackling the 12 ‘Herculean tasks’ of quantum optics

Tackling the 12 ‘Herculean tasks’ of quantum optics

June 14, 2018

Optical physics and quantum optics will have a profound effect on our daily lives in the decades to come, and two Rochester faculty are among the authors of a new survey of the biggest scientific challenges and questions in the field.

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Emil Wolf, pioneer of optical physics, dies at 95

Emil Wolf, pioneer of optical physics, dies at 95

June 4, 2018

Wolf served on the Rochester faculty for more than 50 years and was a leading expert in coherence and polarization of optical fields. His Principles of Optics is the most cited textbook in physics.

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‘High-risk’ research receives University seed funding

‘High-risk’ research receives University seed funding

May 23, 2018

University Research Awards for 2018-19 have been awarded to 15 projects ranging from an analysis of the roles of prisons in the Rochester region, to a new approach to genome editing, to new initiatives for advanced materials for powerful lasers.

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New method eliminates guesswork when lenses go freeform

New method eliminates guesswork when lenses go freeform

May 2, 2018

Lenses and mirrors with freeform rather than symmetric can lead to optical devices that are more effective than ever before. A new design method would eliminate the expensive trail-and-error needed to work with freeform optics.

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A laser focus on super water-repellent metals

A laser focus on super water-repellent metals

February 23, 2018

Rochester researchers have been using lasers to change the properties of metals in incredible ways. But to make the technology commercially viable, a partnership between scholars and business will focus on making the lasers much more powerful.

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Former Institute of Optics director Kenneth Teegarden dies

Former Institute of Optics director Kenneth Teegarden dies

February 14, 2018

Teegarden joined the Institute of Optics in 1954 and served as its director from 1981 until 1987. He was also the first director of the University’s Materials Science program, and led the New York State Center for Advanced Optical Technology.

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Rochester team casts light on a hidden problem in domestic violence cases

Rochester team casts light on a hidden problem in domestic violence cases

January 18, 2018

While existing technology for detecting bruises works well for light-skinned victims, it’s a less effective for people of color. An interdisciplinary team at the University of Rochester has set out to change that.

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Device creates negative mass — and a novel way to generate lasers

Device creates negative mass — and a novel way to generate lasers

January 3, 2018

Rochester researchers have created particles with negative mass in an atomically thin semiconductor, using a device that creates an optical microcavity.

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